South Africa's Best Land Based Whale Watching

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.  The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) recently reported that “De Hoop MPA is critically important for the conservation of the Southern Right whale (Eubalaena australis) which is an endangered species.

Where Wildlife Roam Free

Lowland fynbos underbrush meets grass plains and forested gorges, only to run into a long white beach with rocky shores and blue waters. De Hoop Nature Reserve’s diverse landscape is an amazing home to impressive birdlife and wildlife, of which the rare Bontebok and Cape Mountain Zebra reign.

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. Lazing on the beach and snorkeling in the many turquoise rock pools is simply another way to pass a rewarding dayDay visitors welcome, and restaurant open daily.

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“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff at De Hoop for making our stay extra special. All the staff that we met were smiling, friendly and happy…” – Liesel and Gerhard
Wow! Where do I start? What an amazing wedding weekend! We all had such a blast and John and I would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all of you help and hard work in making it happen.” – Natalie and John
Did You Know: De Hoop is ranked #1 on Trip Advisor for Specialty Lodging in Bredasdorp with over 200 reviews!