DAY VISIT - DE HOOP NATURE RESERVE
De Hoop Nature Reserve and Marine Protected Area is one of CapeNature’s flagship nature reserves, probably most commonly known for its enormous Southern Right Whale migratory calving population.
Few other reserves offer as complete an outdoor experience as De Hoop – sea, sand dunes, the vlei, a floral sensation of rare fynbos plants, diverse antelope and the Potberg Mountains. Birders observe wading birds on the shores of the vlei while the Potberg Mountains are home to a colony of endangered Cape vultures. Hikers and cyclists have close-up encounters with bontebok, Cape mountain zebra, eland, baboons and ostrich. Activities are diverse and guests choose between various day walks through the rich fynbos plains or along the deserted coastline, or mountain biking along the many gravel roads or scenic game drives.
This reserve is managed through a partnership between CapeNature and De Hoop Collection, where De Hoop Collection takes charge of most tourist activities and accommodation.
At Koppie Alleen you can relax on the beach, explore the coast line and caves, view whales in season (winter months) or snorkel in the many turquoise rock pools. Because this is a Marine Protected area, the pools are full of life. Day visitors are welcome, and the restaurant open daily.
Other Activities at De Hoop (enquire at reception):
1) Guided Bird Walk
2) Guided Marine Walk
3) Eco Boat Cruise
4) Vulture Experience
5) Spa Treatments
If your idea of "hiking" is more "walking", you could park down at Koppie Alleen, walk the 600m down to the beach and start exploring the rock pools or coastline.
Check out this link for more run, hike, bike options at De Hoop.
WHEN IS THE RESERVE OPEN:
07:00 - 18:00
(Fridays 7:00 - 19:00)
Hot Summers and Cold Winters
Most rain: March, October and November
DO NOT FORGET:
Sunscreen and Hat
Snorkel, Mountain Bike
Adults = R50
Kids = R30
Wildcard = Free
HOW DO I GET THERE?
Drive 54km from Swellendam to De Hoop Main Gate
Drive 15km to Koppie Alleen
Park and walk 600m to beach
FOOD IN THE RESERVE: