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Klipgat Trail, Gansbaai to De Kelders, Overberg

Klipgat Trail to Klipgat Cave, De KeldersThere is a beautiful trail which meanders for 7km from the Gansbaai harbour along the shoreline to the Klipgat Cave, in the Walker Bay Nature Reserve. The trail passes through limestone-rock vegetation and past several larger and smaller caves and coves.

The best known of these caves, Klipgat, was named for its remarkable window-like openings that offer spectacular views of the bay and sea

Along the way, you will pass a circular stone wall, protecting a deep hole formed by the collapse of the cave ceiling – look down and you will see the waves rolling in and out. A fresh water fountain surfaces on the beach below the cave.

Klipgat Cave was home to humans some 70 000 years ago. Klipgat Cave is an archaeological site of world importance and experts believe that it would qualify as a World Heritage Site. The name De Kelders means “the caves” and describes the many limestone caves along the Walker Bay coast, which have been formed over millions of years of being exposed to ocean waves.

The archaeological excavation of Klipgat Cave has come to an end for the time being, but plans that will enable the public to visit the cave are still underway.

Maps and information about this trail are available at the tourism office in Gansbaai, Gateway Centre, Kapokblom street: Tel : +27 (0) 28 3841439.

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