De Hoop Nature Reserve

A cozy fire is lit outside a cottage at De Hoop as the sun sets over the reserve.

De Hoop is located within a pristine wilderness area along the coastal Overberg, which makes for great whale watching.

Price From:
POA
Type:
Lodge
Level:
Standard Four Star
Star Rating:
Four Star
Location:
Overberg, South Africa
No of Units:
16

The De Hoop Nature Reserve is situated in the Western Cape province of South Africa. It is in the Overberg region, which is near Cape Agulhas, the southernmost point of Africa. This reserve is known for the abundance of Fynbos vegetation found here and there are no dangerous predators, thus guests can freely hike through the reserve to get in touch with nature. Walk alongside some massive eland or watch some mischievous baboons.  The area is also known for some of the best land-based whale watching in South Africa. Guests will be amazed by the appearance of these oceanic giants when visiting during whale watching season.

There is a variety of accommodation options at the De Hoop Collection. The most basic option is the campsite rondavels, which have two beds and an outside bathroom. There is a braai area at the campsite rondavels and access to all the facilities at the De Hoop Collection. There are several “Melkkamer” houses. These houses are all spacious, with en suite bathrooms and the option of a chef to cater full-time. A guide is also available for residents of the Melkkamer houses, for birding and guided hikes through the nature reserve. There are also a few cottages, which have three bedrooms, a kitchen, lounge and braai area as well as access to the tennis court, swimming pool and boules courtyard. Then there are the suites, which are the most luxurious units available. It consists out of one bedroom with a king-size bed and an en suite bathroom. There are no cooking facilities, as all meals are catered for by the Fig Tree restaurant, which is only a short walk from the suites. De Hoop truly caters for everyone.

There are various activities at the De Hoop Collection, ranging from dining at the Fig Tree restaurant to art workshops or visiting the spa.  The main attraction is the nature reserve and the coastline. Guided tours from the De Hoop Collection to go hiking, birding or whale watching are available. The southernmost Cape vulture colony can be observed just outside the reserve where the local farmers have made a “vulture restaurant”. A vast array of birds can be observed in either the Fynbos around the inland lake. A few local wine farms are easily accessible from the De Hoop Nature Reserve.

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