De Hoop (named after the original horse stud in the area, Hope Farm) was proclaimed a nature reserve in 1957. It has been extended since then to incorporate a marine protected area and is now a total of 36 000ha – one of the largest remaining examples of indigenous lowland and coastal Fynbos. Species such as bontebok, Cape mountain zebra, eland, numerous small mammals, 260 bird species and over 1500 Fynbos species can be seen at the reserve.
Self-catering or luxury accommodation in one of the most beautiful parts of South Africa. The De Hoop Collection offers a wide range of accommodation – from camping and caravanning sites and affordable self-catering chalets to more luxurious self-catering cottages and upmarket fully catered lodges. The De Hoop Collection accommodation has something for everyone, from families travelling on a limited budget, couples seeking a comfortable but affordable breakaway to top-end fully inclusive weddings and honeymoons. Catered and self-catered options are available for most accommodation types.
Whale Trail Cottages:
The five Whale Trail overnight cottages lie at the foot of the Potberg Mountains, perched high on a sea cliff. The charming cottages range from Arniston-style units to A-framed thatched ‘kapstyl’ cottages. Each fully equipped cottage sleeps up to 12 people, generally with three bedrooms (four beds in each). Hikers bring their own bedding. Dishwashing liquid, toilet paper, matches and candles are provided.
Activities such as hiking, mountain biking, game-viewing, bird-watching, snorkelling and swimming are among the many on offer at the reserve. Overnight facilities are in self-catering cottages or in one of the 10 campsites.