We’re having an epic Whale Season along the South African coastline this year, and we’re thrilled to play host to hundreds of Southern Right Whales at De Hoop!
The marine protected area at De Hoop Nature Reserve, one of the largest on the continent, celebrated three decades of conservation in 2015 and continues to attract hundreds of whales each year. Calving mothers favour the protection of the bay as they welcome their young – turning the waters into whale nursery between June and December.
“De Hoop MPA is critically important for the conservation of the Southern Right whale (Eubalaena australis) which is an endangered species. De Hoop MPA, together with St. Sebastian Bay contain 70-80% of cow-calf pairs on the South African coast and ranks as probably the most important nursery area for Southern Right whales in the world.” – WWF South Africa
“If you are flying over the area you will see the mothers with calves spread out like an incredible natural mosaic”
– Katja Vinding , Whale Biologist
For guests visiting us during Whale Season (which peaks now in September), the pristine dunes of Koppie Allen – the beach at De Hoop, provides the perfect vantage point to watch whales breach, spyhop and fluke.
“Whale Viewing at De Hoop is the best I recall since being at De Hoop and certainly the best spot to see hundreds of Southern Right Whales in Africa.”
– William Stephens, MD De Hoop Collection
Whale watching is available at De Hoop for both guests and day visitors alike. For those who would prefer a guide’s input about the shore and coastline, a guided marine walk can be booked at reception (kindly book in advance as the activity is dependent on the tides). Participants learn about the creatures that call the rocky shores of De Hoop home, and of course during whale season, have the added advantage of scanning the waters for whales.
Numerous other activities are also available at De Hoop Collection including a new guided Vulture Experience, Mountain Biking, Birding, Stargazing, and a cruise along the expansive Vlei – a must for twitchers.
If you’re unable to escape to the coast in time to see the whales this year, bookings have opened for our 2018 Winter Special – book a 6-sleeper fisherman-style cottage at De Hoop for just R1800/night*. These units are tastefully decorated and fully-equipped for self catering. Should you wish to dine out, the Fig Tree Restaurant is open daily for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and cakes, coffees and teas. A well-stocked bar serves the best of the Overberg’s wines.
*Terms & Conditions Apply. Valid May-July 2018