The family friendly De Hoop Nature Reserve is ideal if you are embarking on a self-drive holiday along the Garden Route or simply looking for a relaxing nature filled break. Situated three hours from Cape Town in the Overberg region, near Cape Agulhas – the Southern tip of Africa. The De Hoop Nature Reserve is approximately 340 square kilometres (130 square miles) in area and extends three nautical miles out to sea from the coastline of the nature reserve, it is one of the largest natural areas managed by CapeNature.
Explore this beautiful nature reserve and discover a wealth of marine, bird, animal and rare plant species while enjoying a comfortable and relaxing holiday away from the hustle and bustle of the city life. De Hoop Nature Reserve offers a full outdoor experience with the sea, sand dunes, fynbos and surrounding mountains.
Visitors can eat, sleep and play at De Hoop, day visitors are welcome and there is a restaurant that opens daily. There is also a variety of accommodation types to choose from including affordable self-catering cottages perfect for families to fully catered luxury suites ideal for a romantic getaway.
There are a variety of activities at De Hoop Nature Reserve for families and nature lovers alike. Spot some roaming wildlife such as the Cape mountain zebra, bontebok and eland or experience excellent bird watching opportunities with over 260 species of birds to keep an eye out for. Explore the diverse landscapes on guided and self-guided hikes, hiking one of the most scenic hiking trails in South Africa or for a more relaxing holiday laze on the beach or venture out snorkelling exploring many of the turquoise rock pools. In the evening watch the sunset with a drink in hand on an afternoon boat cruise on the De Hoop wetlands. For some pampering treat yourself to a spa treatment at De Hoop Spa. After a full day of activities return to your De Hoop accommodation and get a fire going to roast some marshmallows over smouldering coals while gazing at the star studded night sky. Other activities include the Whale Trail, day hikes, mountain biking and swimming.
De Hoop also offers some of the best land based whale-watching in South Africa. Sit on the sand dunes and watch the Southern Right Whales come close to shore and be in awe of the beautiful creatures. From May to November almost 500-600 whales will find a home at De Hoop.
De Hoop Nature Reserve is a must add to your travel itinerary! If you would like more information or sample itineraries showing how this destination can be incorporated into a package you are welcome to Contact us, we are happy to assist you.