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Where Wildlife Roam Free

De Hoop’s natural abundance reaches beyond the grasslands where Cape Mountain Zebra, Bontebok and herds of Eland roam. Down at the rocky shores a whole other world of diversity and intrigue exists, and soaring high overhead one can find over 260 species of bird.

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Uncover the secrets to Cape Nature’s Flagship Reserve.  From world class land based whale watching, to a new Vulture Experience, De Hoop Collection provides a unique nature and marine experience just three hours from Cape Town.

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Bontebok, eland, ZEBRA, ostrich & More.

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.

The Cape Mountain Zebra, a subspecies of the Mountain Zebra, and found here at De Hoop Nature Reserve, is the smallest of the world’s Zebra species. Their conservation status is listed as Vulnerable.

These curious creatures roam naturally in the Fynbos along side the endangered Bontebok and Southern Eland.

The strongest Eland males make a loud clicking sound as they walk that can be heard by rivals more than a mile away. 

The Steenbok is another one of our inhabitants, a graceful petite antelope which gets its name from the Afrikaans steen (meaning ‘brick’): a reference to the overall colour of the species.

When a predator approaches it will freeze, if the predator comes to close they will leap up and run away in a zigzag pattern.  It is often sighted feeding in a clearing or firebreak wherever there is fresh, new vegetation, particularly in the early morning or evening.

The Cape Grysbok, a small shy antelope standing on 45 -55 cms at the shoulder, is endemic to the Western Cape region of Southern Africa and its native habitat is the Fynbos Biome inhabiting thick shrubland.

 

 

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In the early morning at De Hoop Nature Reserve, mist clears over the vlei as great white pelicans glide over the water, giants beside the common cormorants, ducks and coots. In the tall grasses and lowland fynbos spreading out in rolling plains and hills beyond the vlei jump sunbirds, robins and Boubous over the Cape Spur fowls darting between the underbrush. But still further reveals the Cape Vulture and Black Harrier souring high above… De Hoop is a birder’s paradise.

Not only can one spot the Cape Vulture and Black Harrier, but the South African Shelduck, the Hottentot Buttonquail, the Damara Tern, the Southern Tchagra and the Large-billed Lark can all be spotted in the many landscapes of this vast reserve.

The reserve holds lowland fynbos, mountain fynbos, a wide shoreline, forests and an impressive vlei, each landscape home to its own native species of bird, making it the perfect place for those birders wanting to tick off a wide variety of birds from their list. De Hoop offers an amazing guided bird walk throughout the reserve, led by a qualified guide who focuses on the identification and behaviour of the many different species that you will come across. Depending on how much of a birder you are (and how fit you are), the walk can take anything from 1 to 3 hours.

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