From bird lovers to whale spotters, from cyclists to hikers, this beautiful nature area has something to offer for everyone.
An impressive nature reserve that extends up to 5 km into the sea. Swamps, dunes and vast open plains. Here you will find moose, zebras, bonteboks and ostriches and many bird species. This is one of the best places in the world to see whales from the shore (between June and November). You can visit the park for a day or spend the night in one of their accommodations. You can go hiking and mountain biking or book an excursion such as a vulture tour, an eco-boat trip or a guided walk along the coastline.
About 250km east of Cape Town. There are several exits from the R319 towards de Hoop, these are gravel roads. Expect to drive about 35 to 50 km along a gravel road before you arrive at the park. These gravel roads are able to be driven with a normal passenger car.
The park can be admired all year round, the whales are there from June to November.
There is a lot to do. It is certainly worthwhile to stay here for a night or a weekend. It is possible to visit De hoop as a day trip from Cape Town, then leave early and have dinner somewhere on the way back.
Conservation fee / entrance: Adults (R40), children (R20). Accommodation is possible from R1200 in a Rondavel (with shared ablutions) or R1550 in the Opstal suite (price both for 2 people excluding breakfast)
Nice to know
The whale trail is a five day hike where you walk from house to house along the coast. For more information, see: http://www.capenature.co.za/reserves/de-hoop-nature-reserve/. There are also some short walks (of a number of km), at the reception in the park you will get more information about which hike is best at the moment of your visit.