Die Plaat Beach - Walker Bay Nature Reserve
Where is the Die Plaat Beach (Walker Bay Nature Reserve)?
Die Plaat Beach - Walker Bay Nature Reserve - Average Ocean Temperatures:
- Spring - 17°C/63°F
- Summer - 15°C/59°F
- Autumn - 16°C/61°F
- Winter - 19°C/66°F
Die Plaat Beach at Walker Bay Nature Reserve is Best For:
- Whale Watching (June to December)
- Horse Riding
Die Plaat Beach at Walker Bay Nature Reserve Amenities include:
Die Plaat Beach at Walker Bay Nature Reserve Overview:
Loosely translated into Afrikaans, Die Plaat (pronounced ‘Dee Pl-ahh-t’) means ‘the sheet’. This refers to the long coastal plain that drops considerably just offshore.
Image: People having fun at Die Plaat beach
Die Plaat stretches from Hermanus to De Kelders and the untouched coastline includes long stretches of pristine white sandy beaches, historical caves, massive sand dunes, rocky limestone crags decorated and indigenous fynbos. The Gansbaai entry point to Die Plaat lies within the Walker Bay Nature Reserve and as this is one of Gansbaai’s most isolated beaches, transport to get there is essential unless you enjoy a very long walk.
Image: Beautiful view of Die Plaat Beach and Walker Bay Nature Reserve
Walker Bay Nature Reserve is a CapeNature reserve and there is an admission fee at the access gate as well as strict entry and exit times. Swimming is only advised on Die Plaat’s sheltered first beach and strong rip currents can be encountered in the open waters of the long open stretch of Die Plaat’s coastline.
Image: A walk in the Dunes at Die Plaat beach
Self-guided tours of the historical Klipgat Caves reveal more about ancient man and date back to over 80,000 years ago. The area's original Khoisan tribes also inhabited the caves and remnants of their kitchen middens can still be seen on the trails leading to-and-from Die Plaat.
Please note that a 4x4 vehicle is required to reach areas further than the public parking area just past the entry point of Die Plaat.
Image: Dramatic coastal views of Die Plaat beach