De Hoop Nature Reserve, Overberg, Garden Route, Western Cape, South Africa

De Hoop Nature Reserve on the Garden Route is the perfect family getaway and a World Heritage Site, just 3 hours drive from Cape Town.

Accommodation: Camping, self-catering cottages and a private lodge

Activities: Whale watching, game drives, hiking, birding, mountain biking, swimming, snorkelling, horse riding, tennis, star gazing

Highlights: Interpretive marine, fynbos and birding walk

De Hoop is a Nature Reserve in the Western Cape of international importance and a fabulous holiday destination. Visitors can have a varied outdoor experience and enjoy quality accommodation and camping.

At this Western Cape Nature Reserve on the Garden Route many of the original buildings have undergone complete renovation as part of an extensive refurbishment. The typical architecture of this region has been maintained.

De Hoop has a delightful restaurant open all day and a small conference centre for up to 30 people. Dream weddings can be accommodated and a number of other functions for up to 250 people. Honeymooners will find the reserve the perfect retreat in magical surroundings.

This Western Cape Nature Reserve covers 36 000 hectares and includes 3 nautical miles of marine protected area. It is a World Heritage Site due to endemic species from the Cape Floral Kingdom. De Hoop vlei (wetland) is also a Ramsar site, recognising the resident bird species. There are 86 mammals and 260 species of bird including migrants in the reserve.

Visitors can enjoy the diversity of landscapes and things to do in De Hoop Nature Reserve. The reserve is wonderful for beach and dune walks, whale trails and biking. Families can paddle and snorkel in the bright blue rock pools, take a game drive or even horse ride. Bird watching on the vlei is a must and hikers can tackle the Potberg Mountains.

The Opstal area is the main part of the reserve and includes

  • Many accommodation options
  • Picnic sites, swimming pool, tennis courts, boules
  • Restaurant / deli (breakfast, light lunch, dinner, teas, picnics)
  • Information centre, reception and shop
  • Conference and team building facilities
  • Start of vlei trails and biking trails

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