The Goukamma Marine Protected Area, covering an area of 2500ha, was proclaimed in July 1990, when new regulations were introduced preventing the removal of marine organisms and fish of any kind. The Marine Protected area extends 14km along the coastline as well as extending 1,8km out to sea. The Marine Protected area helps to link conservation with the development of tourism and is the Marine equivalent of a National Park.

The reserve has some of the most densely vegetated dunes in South Africa and is home to the Goukamma River and the Groenvlei Lake which is fed by an underwater spring and has no outlet to the sea. The vegetation contains a mixture of coastal fynbos together with dense concentrations of milkwood, yellowwood and candlewood trees as well as Erica fynbos which blooms in September and October.

The reserve is home to a wide variety of mammals including antelope, vervet monkeys, mongoose and otters. Birdlife is prolific with over 200-species represented including the iconic African Fish Eagle, the rare African Black Oystercatcher and the endangered African Penguin which frequents the reserves shores. Bottlenosed and humpback dolphins are frequently seen between July and December as well as Southern Right Whales and Humpback Whales

Due to the magnificence and position of Goukamma Nature & Marine Protected Area along the Garden Route, the African Edu-Eco Wizard team has devised a passive, guided Experiential Walking Eco-Adventures in the Goukamma Nature Reserve. We not only focus on the walking aspect of the adventure but also the interpretative value of the surrounding vegetation, regional history and birds that abound.

Groups of between 6 and 12 people can be accommodated. Our lead guides are very highly qualified, survivors in their own right, educators and teachers who love sharing and teaching what they know. Herewith are the various walking programs from which to choose which can be enjoyed either in the early morning or mid-late afternoon depending on your availability.


  • GOUKAMMA BUSH PIG Guided Walking Eco-Adventure (2 – 3 hrs – 6,5km)
  • GOUKAMMA BLOMBOS (Short Route) Guided Walking Eco-Adventure (2 – 3 hrs – 6,5km)
  • GOUKAMMA GALJOEN Guided Coastal Walking Eco-Adventure (3 – 5 hrs – 12km) (Trailists Collected)

Daily departures on Request. Enquire for available time slots. All departures are subject to availability

Minimum age of 8 years old permitted on two shorter trails and 10 years old on the Galjoen Trail with Parents present.

A maximum of 12 Trailists are permitted per guide on the various trails.

All Guided Walking-Hiking Eco-Adventure Prices include entrance fees, bottled water and professional guide. Prices exclude transport to and from the starting points of the Goukamma Nature Reserve Guided Walking Eco-Adventures. CASH or EFT Only. No Credit Card Facilities.

bookings A 50% non-refundable deposit secures group bookings.
Minimum Supplement Charge for single Trailist