The estate was proclaimed a private nature reserve in 1995. It is the largest private nature reserve along the entire South African coastline. It extends over 2455 hectares (6066 acres) and stretches 5 kilometres along the Indian Ocean. The reserve is fully fenced along its 15 kilometres perimeter and only accessible via two gated entrances.Well preserved ancient fish traps and shell middens are situated along the reserve’s coastline and pay testament to our great heritage. The fish traps date back to the Later Stone Age people (Khoi khoi) who roamed the coastline about 2000 years ago.
A walk up Buffelskop (212 m – the highest point on the reserve) offers a magnificent view of the entire coastline, the light house and a vast undulating inland landscape.
The Ystervark Punt Lighthouse, part of the South African National Ports Authority’s network, is an iconic feature on the Western part of the estate. This automatic lighthouse was first commissioned on 4th August 1964 and rebuilt in 2006. It stands 21 metres tall with a rotating light (605.000 candle powers) with a range of 24 sea miles.
Various species of game have been reintroduced to the reserve in the late 90’s. Species include a large herd of Eland (approximately 30) and 14 endangered Cape Mountain Zebra, Springbuck. Species that occur in the area naturally are Bushbuck, Honey badger, Caracal and the African Wildcat. Studies are underway to determine which species may occur on the reserve due to the Fynbos biome.
The reserve has its own slipway which allows launching small and medium-sized boats.
Large open areas (tarred and grass) at the main centre provide for comfortable helicopter landing.
Ample fresh water resources are available from boreholes and fountains.
Two world-renown golf courses, namely The Links at Fancourt (George) and Pinnacle Point (Mossel Bay), are within a 30-60 minute drive by car. Helicopter transfers can easily be arranged.
Along the Garden Route you have access to The Garden Route National Park, shark cage diving, deep sea fishing, bungee jumping, hiking the infamous Otter Trail and whale watching, to name a few local attractions.
Mossel Bay (situated 40 km east of the reserve) is factually recorded in the Guiness Books of Records as the second mildest climate in the world, after Hawaii. [ Jan max: 23.5°C (min: 18.2°C), Aug max: 18.2°C (min: 11.3°C); annual precipitation: 426 mm ] The water temperature of the sea ranges from 18 to 23 degrees Celsius.
2 X TENNIS COURTS – tennis rackets and balls are available for renting at Reception.
1 X POOL CLUBHOUSE WITH BRAAI FACILITIES – this gives guests the opportunity to enjoy a wonderful day at the pool, preparing lunch and making it a whole day activity. Guests are welcome to make use of the swimming pool throughout the day and freshly swimming towels will be available on a daily basis.
Gourikwa Reserve offers breathtaking scenic routes that can be used for hiking as well as mountain biking.