To ensure protection of its fragile ecosystem, the Cliff Path and the fynbos vegetation through which it passes was incorporated into the proclaimed Fernkloof Nature Reserve in 2000.
Whales, nature and points of interest
The Cliff Path not only affords some of the best land-based whale watching in the world from June to December, but it is also a nature lover’s paradise. It winds through a diversity of vegetation types and provides many fascinating points of interest: the active New Harbour (constructed in 1951); the historic Old Harbour in the village, now a museum; and the village market square.
Eastwards from the village at Sea Road the cliff path follows the Main Road for 800 metres before rejoining the coastline at Mollergren Park opposite the Golf Club. It affords spectacular views of turbulent seas at Sievers Punt and Kwaaiwater. Near the wooden footbridge at the mouth of the Mossel River, signs poetically depict the graves of two southern right whales that beached at this point.
Beyond the Mossel River mouth, the path continues around the narrow but safe Langbaai bathing beach, to the Kammabaai and Voëlklip beaches and on to the main Grotto beach that sweeps for nineteen kilometres around Walker Bay to De Kelders and Gansbaai.