• Bitten by the whale watching bug Bitten by the whale watching bug We don’t realise how lucky we are in South Africa, and in particular the Western Cape, to have the mightiest of the marine mammals visit our coastline between every year ...
  • The Whale Trail The Whale Trail The Whale Trail is not a new trail, having been around since about 2002, but it has become extremely popular. It is truly a unique experience, perhaps comparable with ...
  • 10 Pamper-Perfect Spas in South Africa 10 Pamper-Perfect Spas in South Africa Combine your trip to South Africa with a relaxing, revitalising visit to a health spa and experience Africa at it's finest. Our favourite 10 Pamper-Perfect Spas in South Africa are ...
  • Locals share their favourite getaways Locals share their favourite getaways We ask 30 local South Africans to share their favourite holiday destinations and getaways with us. From the more popular destinations like Knysna and the Kruger Park to ...
  • The Oude Skip hike The Oude Skip hike The Oude Skip walk shares portions of its hike with the larger Karbonkelberg Traverse, which is roughly seven hours of hard walk from Hout Bay harbour to Llandudno ...
  • 10 Amazing Game Lodges 10 Amazing Game Lodges South Africa is world renowned for her game reserves and wildlife. The lodges which allow us to experience these in luxury are no less awe inspiring. Our favourites are ...
  • 101 Things to Do with Kids in Cape Town 101 Things to Do with Kids in Cape Town As much as your kids will tell you they can’t wait for the school holidays, the words "I’m bored" inevitably cross their lips. Our "101 things to do with kids in Cape Town" will ...
  • "World's most beautiful Cities" "World's most beautiful Cities" Open space makes Cape Town special. Renowned English sea navigator Sir Francis Drake once referred to Cape Town as the fairest cape in the world. The city houses the ...

Find Accommodation in South Africa
Subscribe to our Feed
Posted on: Tuesday, 29 July 2008

De Hoop Nature Reserve

Send to Kindle
De Hoop Reserve

De Hoop Reserve

De Hoop Nature Reserve is roughly three hours drive from Cape Town and just east of the town of Bredasdorp. The Reserve covers an area of 34,000 hectares and one of the favorite destinations for those who want to spend time away from frenetic city life. The reserve offers diverse scenery for hikers, bikers and bird watchers and Koppie Alleen is a famous lookout spot for the avid whale watchers, with about 40% of the world’s Southern Right whales coming to the De Hoop Marine Reserve each year during breeding season.

Visitors have a lot of freedom within the reserve. Take a leisurely game drive along the circular route that covers the reserve and see the Cape mountain zebra, eland, grey reebok, the rare bontebok and if you are lucky you will see the mating dance of the ostrich. The reserve is also home to caracal and leopards and the ever-present troops of baboons. Visitors can, however, safely leave their vehicles during a game drive to explore on foot and view some of the 1,500 plant species up close.

De Hoop is really a birdwatcher’s paradise and the wetlands attract about 260 species of birds. The reserve is the last breeding colony of the endangered Cape Vulture and it is worth the 8km hike up the Potberg Trail to see these birds in their natural habitat.

De Hoop offers day hikes and mountain biking trails for those who want to explore from outside a vehicle and many people come to the De Hoop Nature reserve for a break-away holiday to recharge and spend time in nature. You have 50 km of pristine coastline and beaches to explore in the De Hoop Marine protected area where you can explore rock pools, go for lazy walks or laze away the day on the white beach sand with a backdrop of looming limestone cliffs and watch the dolphins and seals.

Useful Links:
For more destination information see:
De Hoop Nature Reserve
De Hoop Accommodation

The SA-Venues.com Team

About 

Photographs, posts and articles filed under "The SA-Venues.com Team" are either very old articles (this blog has been going since 2005!), are a combined effort or have been submitted to us by a third party, the name of which is/should be displayed in or below the actual article. Special offers and general event posts are also found here as they are generally a team effort.

Related Posts: