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De Hoop Nature Reserve

Few other accommodations in the Cape offer as complete an outdoor experience as De Hoop Nature Reserve. With the sea, sand dunes, the Potberg Mountains and the vlei, De Hoop offers up a tasting platter of the South African landscape. This area, rich in biodiversity and rare species of Fynbos, forms part of a World Heritage Site.

This diverse landscape attracts diverse wildlife; there are a number of different antelope on the reserve, while the Potberg Mountains and surrounds are home to a colony of endangered Cape vultures, bontebok, Cape Mountain Zebra, eland, baboons and ostriches, many of which aren’t shy of revealing themselves to hikers and cyclists.

Make the 36 000 hectares of De Hoop Nature Reserve your playground with walks through the rich Fynbos meadow or along the deserted coastline. If you’re an active type, enjoy a mountain bike along the gravel roads, take a scenic game drive, or have a snorkel in the turquoise rock pools. Day visitors are welcome to De Hoop, and whether you’re just popping in or staying for a while, be sure to visit the reserve’s restaurant. At the right time of year, De Hoop also offers some of the most spectacular whale watching, as this is where many Southern Right Whales comes to breed each year.

Just 3 hours from Cape Town, De Hoop feels like another world. Guests have a plethora of accommodation options to choose from, offering options for both heavy and light wallets. Camp or caravan under the stars, stay in one of the self-catering rondawels, or, for more discerning travelers, book into the five-star fully catered lodge. No matter which you select, you can be sure that you’ll be experiencing the some of the best of what the South African coastline has to offer.


  • Day visitors welcome
  • Accommodation ranging from 5-star to camping
  • Located on 36 000 hectares of unspoiled Nature Reserve, rich in biodiversity and a World Heritage Site
  • Activities include hiking, mountain biking, game drives, snorkeling and whale watching
  • Amenities include a tennis court, swimming pool, and a boules courtyard

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