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5 Insider Things To Do When In Vermaaklikheid
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5 Insider Things To Do When In Vermaaklikheid

The fairytale hamlet of Vermaaklikheid lies on the lower reaches of the Duiwenhoks River, south of Heidelberg. To find it on Google maps we have to do a precise search, for it appears only as a map marker two-thirds of the way up the river, on a dirt road east...
Kids are Welcome at De Hoop Nature Reserve
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Kids are Welcome at De Hoop Nature Reserve

The De Hoop Nature Reserve is nestled in the Overberg Region, just three hours’ drive from Cape Town in the Western Cape. With an area of about 340 square kilometres, it is an idyllic spot for those that adore the outdoors as well as families with children see...
De Hoop Marine and Nature Reserve
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De Hoop Marine and Nature Reserve

The first step in wishing the ‘world’ goodbye came as I drove through gates of De Hoop marine and nature reserve.  Three hours drive from Cape Town; it was a welcome reprieve from the long road, its shops, stores and gas stations. What unfolded before me was a...
De Hoop Nature Reserve Photographs
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De Hoop Nature Reserve Photographs

A really good friend, who lives in the States, came down to Cape Town for one week and one week only. We made the most of it ... She lived in Cape Town for a few years but had never been to the De Hoop Nature Reserve and this was on her bucket list. We decided...
Whale watching at De Hoop
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Whale watching at De Hoop

Yes, Hermanus is a wonderful place to go and view the whales. That is, if you don't mind sharing it with thousands of other people, a whale festival or two, and fun fair rides right on the edge of the cliff overlooking the bay where the whales come to calve. ...
De Hoop – three hours up the coast, friend to whales …
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De Hoop – three hours up the coast, friend to whales …

De Hoop is filled with such rich biodiversity and rare species of fynbos that it is part of a World Heritage Site. All around you are proteas, ericas, restios and heather – in full bloom. The exuberance of colour in the dying sunlight – for we only reached the...