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Proclaimed a private nature reserve in 1995 and situated 40km from Mossel Bay, it is the largest private nature reserve along the entire South African coastline. It extends over 2455 hectares (6066 acres) and stretches 5 km along the Indian Ocean. The reserve is fully fenced along its 15 km perimeter and only accessible via two gated entrances. It boasts self-catering accommodation, is a superb wedding venue and also offers conferencing.
A gem on the Garden Route, self-catering accommodation on the reserve ranges from 6 refurbished seaside cottages, to the 9 fisherman’s houses with a final choice of single villa rooms.
With 5km of pristine shore-line and wonderful sea views from each of the cottages, a stay on the reserve is a unique and very special experience. The cottages house between 2 and 4 people, have fully equipped kitchenettes and are spacious. A built-in braai (barbecue) area makes for ideal outdoor living.
The fisherman’s houses are spread along the coastline and have their own rustic charm. With both an outside braai area as well as an indoor fire-place, guests can enjoy their stay at Gourikwa any time of year.
The Villa single room is an open plan bedroom with living area and great views of the ocean. WiFi and DSTV are available in each room.
The reserve has its own chapel and makes for a unique wedding venue and also caters for conferences and youth groups.
For the visitor interested in the history of this area, well preserved ancient fish traps and shell middens are situated along the reserve’s coastline and pay testament to the heritage of the area. The fish traps date back to the Later Stone Age people (Khoi khoi) who roamed the coastline about 2000 years ago.
- Ystervark Punt Lighthouse
- Variety of game on the reserve
- Slipway for boat launching
- Helicopter landing area
- Clubhouse & braai area