Klipgat Cave AKA Die Kelders

Posted by Charlise on Mon April 14, 2014 in Discovering the Overberg.

We set out to explore Die Kelders and we were more than pleasantly surprised by what we found!!!

I googled Gansbaai before Geoff and I set out on our weekly road trip on Sunday to give us an idea of what Gansbaai had to offer and low and behold I came upon the Klipgat Cave which is a part of the Cape Nature Reserve. I saw photo's on the web, but believe me when I say seeing is believing... Armed with our cameras we set out on our expidition taking a scenic drive past Walker Bay where we were very pleasantly "welcomed" by short beaked dolphins frolking in the bay - awesome as I LOVE dolphins. The off to Gansbaai we went... Finally finding the entrance to "Die Kelders" we followed the path leading down to the caves, with a spectacular view of the Kelders beach and the crystal clear ocean. The Klipgat Caves entrance seems misleading until you step into the absolute magnificence and awe inspiring greatness of this age old "living" cave. These caverns were formed millions of years ago through the erosive action of underwater aquifers. They were then opened up along the coastal cliffs by rising sea levels and pounding waves, forming huge caves that would later become the home of Middle Stone Age people and eventually Late Stone Age people known as the Khoikhoi. The most famous of these caves is Klipgat Cave (stone hole), named after a remarkable window-like opening that yields spectacular views over the bay. Excavations in 1969 revealed 2000 year-old pottery, stone and bone artifacts and the remains of shellfish, fish and other animals that the Khoikhoi bushman had discarded. The Khoikhoi (‘people people’ or ‘real people’) are a historical division of the Khoisan ethnic group, the native people of Southwestern Africa. I will leave you with that as I don't want to spoil you with all the information... Put this incredible site onto your to visit list and remember it is quite a "trek" so wear comfy sneakers and get out there.

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