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Walker Bay 4×4 Fishing Trail, Cape Overberg

Walker Bay Nature Reserve 4x4 Fishing TrailThere are not many places where one can legally drive to an excellent fishing spot.

The Walker Bay 4×4 Fishing Trail is located in the Lê Bos section of Walker Bay Nature Reserve, just east of Hermanus. Also known as Die Plaat, this area is characterised by long white sandy beaches and occasional outcrops.

The trail gives anglers easy access to popular angling sites along this stretch of coast, such as Die Polle, Sopiesklip, Groot Duifklip and Klein Duifklip.

It begins at the reserve entrance next to Wortelgat, passing through the reserve to the first stop and parking area at Die Polle. From here the route continues to Sopiesklip where beautiful rock formations make this an ideal picnic stop.

Anglers still looking to hook ‘the big one’ can travel further along the route and try their luck at Groot Duifklip or Klein Duifklip.

A variety of marine fish are found along this coastline, including kabeljou, steenbras and the sought-after galjoen. Popular bait options include red bait, white mussel, prawn and seaworm.

In addition to fishing, visitors can enjoy day hikes along the coast, swimming, birding, whale-watching and picnicking.

 

Walker Bay Nature Reserve 4x4 Fishing Trail Map

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To reach the start of the Walker Bay Fishing Trail, head from Hermanus to Stanford (about 17km). Turn right at Stanford, into Queen Vicotria Street, then left into Moore and onto Minor Road 116. This dirt road (about 13km) leads past a chicken farm, Mosiac and Wortelgat before its reaches the trail entrance.

The fishing trail is open daily from 07h00 to 19h00. At the gatehouse, visitors are required to pay the standard reserve conservation fee as well as an activity fee to access the trail.

Only 4×4 vehicles can access the trail (no 2×4 vehicles, motorcycles or quadbikes are allowed). Please check that your tyre pressure is correct.

It is strictly prohibited and illegal to drive on the beach, dunes or anywhere other than demarcated roads. Vehicles may park only in demarcated parking areas. Please make sure you have all the necessary permits for angling and bait collection. These permits are available at post offices and must be produced at the request of an official. No dogs are allowed. No fires are allowed. Gate times are strictly enforced. No-one is allowed in the reserve after 19h00 and overnight camping is illegal. Please use the rubbish bags provided and make sure you leave with them. The sea can be rough and dangerous at times. Small children must be supervised. Cape Nature: National callers: (021) 483 0190: International callers: 0027 861 227 362 8873

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