Located west of Sedgefield in the Garden Route, this mini peninsula of fossilized dune has eroded to resemble a sphix or lion when viewed from the Swartvlei beach parking lot to the northeast.
Skirted by a flat shelf punctuated with a ribbon of rock pools, it is a snorkeling paradise at low tide, especially on a hot summers day. Requiring only a mask and water proof sandals, hopping into each rock pool, there is an abundance of intertidal marine life to captivate you till way after the tide had turned.
The pools on the western side have less marine plants but are endowed with submerged shelves teaming with galleries of soft corals, sponges, sea urchins and star fish.
Moving anti clockwise, the pools sport more sea plants till you begin to reach the eastern section, where mollusks dominate.
Twitchers are also in for a treat with a breeding colony of Kelp Gulls nesting on the apex and cliffs of the peninsula, Black Oystercatchers, feeding from the muscle beds, Sandwich Terns roosting just out of reach of the big waves while Cape and White-breasted Cormorants sun themselves between swims.
In summer, a patient gaze at the ocean will be rewarded with a sighting of the resident Indo-Pacific Humpback Dolohins.
When visiting Gericke’s Point always consult a tide table as the channel between the beach and the point fills up with a strong current at high tide which can be difficult to cross for some.
To learn about the Marine life in the rock pools there are two guided options, a Moonlight Meander, exploring the rock pools at night by torchlight, and day walks with Garden Route Trail.