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De Hoop Nature Reserve

Overview of the De Hoop National Park in the Overberg region

De Hoop Nature Reserve

De Hoop is a rich and diverse landscape of fynbos, wetland, sand dunes, and marine reserve, located along the coastline south of Swellendam. The De Hoop Vlei provides sanctuary to many species of aquatic birds and is temporary home to scores of migratory birds.

A well-maintained gravel road leads to the beach, which is a wonderful place to spend the day exploring the fascinating creatures of the tidal pools or lazing back in the sand dunes, where one can watch the southern right whales in springtime.

There is a circular game drive through the interior of the reserve, where ostrich can be seen dancing through the bush, along with zebra, bontebok, and a troop baboon. There is also a lovely picnic site beside the vlei, set amongst the limestone cliffs, where thousands of bats ""hang around"" during the day. Visitors are also welcome to explore the reserve by foot or by mountain bike.

The Postberg Environmental Education Centre located in the eastern section of the reserve provides self-guided environmental programmes for schools and research institutions. The Postberg mountains are home to a breeding colony of Cape vultures, which can best be viewed by taking a hike along the 8 km Postberg Trail.

The De Hoop Marine Protected Area covers nearly 50 km of pristine coastline and can be explored by the very popular whale trail. Unfortunately De Hoop has a rather uneasy relationship with it's neighbours, Denel, who use the area for missile testing several times every year, resulting in the cancellation of any hikes along the coast scheduled during those periods.

ATTRACTIONS & ACTIVITIES AT DE HOOP NATURE RESERVE:
- rock pools
- whale trail
- mountain biking
- bird watching
- game viewing
- rock pools

SUMMARY OF WILDLIFE & FLORA:
Birdlife: Cape vulture, ostrich, numerous waterfowl
Mammals: Cape mountain zebra, baboon, bontebok, eland, grey rhebuck, bats
Marine Life: southern right whale, dolphins, seals, invertebrates

 

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Breede Riverine Chalet

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Malgas

20.5km North East of center of De Hoop Nature Reserve

Breede Riverine Chalet (sleeps 8) offers self catering accommodation on the banks of the Breede River in Malgas in the Overberg and Whale Coast region of the Western Cape. This self catering cottage lies within a tranquil little village of Malgas on the b

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Sleeps: 30 in 5 units/rooms
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Tides River Lodge

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Malgas

21.7km North of center of De Hoop Nature Reserve

Tides River Lodge (sleeps up to 27) offers multiple self catering accommodation options in Malgas, on the banks of the Breede River in the Overberg and Whale Coast region in the Western Cape. A short two and a half hour trip from Cape Town and only half

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Arniston Seaside Cottages

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Arniston

30.3km South of center of De Hoop Nature Reserve

Arniston Seaside Cottages provide self catering accommodation in Arniston on the Overberg / Whale Coast in the Western Cape. The picturesque fishing village of Arniston is a popular subject for artists and movie-makers. It is here that the southern right

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Waterkloof Guest House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Witsand

31.5km North East of center of De Hoop Nature Reserve

Waterkloof Guest House offers bed and breakfast on a working ostrich farm near Witsand in the Garden Route. Our free range ostrich farm, home to over 2000 ostriches, is situated in the scenic vastness of the Southern Cape, near Swellendam and Heidelberg.

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Witsand Self Catering Cottage

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Witsand

38.4km North East of center of De Hoop Nature Reserve

Witsand Cottage offers self catering accommodation in Witsand in the Garden Route. This gracious 3-bedroomed home (sleeps 6) is situated on the Northern bank of the Breede River at Port Beaufort. It is 1km upstream from the mouth at Witsand. The Breede Ri

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Sleeps: 32 in 4 units/rooms

Asher Riverside Cottage

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Bonnievale

49.9km North West of center of De Hoop Nature Reserve

Asher Riverside Cottage offers self catering accommodation on the banks of the Breede River near Bonnievale on the Breede River Valley and Winelands region in the Western Cape. Asher Riverside Cottages (sleeps 8 x4 = 32 max) offers the perfect location fo

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