Set on the coast near the southern-most tip of Africa lies De Hoop Nature Reserve. It's a World Heritage Site encompassing 36 000 hectares of nature reserve and fynbos, including the protected marine reserve along 70 km of pristine coastline.
This charming homestead has a wide variety of accommodation, from comfortable self-catering cottages and houses, to fully catered luxury suites. The Cloete Suites in the Opstal area are new additions and either have views of the grasslands or of the old, majestic fig trees in the courtyard.. Beautifully decorated, each suite sleeps two people.
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.
Activities are diverse and you can choose between various day walks, mountain biking along the many gravel roads, guided tours and scenic game drives. Lazing on the beach and snorkelling in the many turquoise rock pools is simply another way to pass a rewarding day. There is also the new three day De Hoop Trail.
De Hoop is the breeding ground for 40% of the Southern Right Whale population. Dolphins, seals and other sea creatures abound. Spot 86 mammals, including Cape Mountain Zebra, bontebok, eland, grey rhebuck, ostrich and caracal. A birder’s and botanist’s paradise.
Midweek and extended stay specials | Weddings and conferences | Children welcome | Various Honeymoon packages available | Yoga retreats
The stunning coastline, Koppie Alleen, is situated approximately 13km from the accommodation. Those who are fit as fiddles are likely to enjoy a strenuous cycle, alternatively, a drive in your vehicle will take you 25 minutes.
The Fig Tree Restaurant is quite the place to be and therefore packed, especially in high season. Please ensure that you book a table for dinner to secure your spot prior to arrival or on check in at Reception.
Activities are weather and tide dependent and best booked by yourself a day in advance or once you arrive. Bookings can also be made well in advance, but do bear in mind that the weather and tide will have the last say.
Cape Nature does not allow driving around on the reserve after sunset. De Hoop does have permission though for driving between cottages and the restaurant once the sun has set.
Most guests opt to walk to the restaurant at night and what a lovely walk it is! The cottages located the furthest from the restaurant are less than a 10 minute walk away. Just remember to carry a torch with you - torches are provided in the suites only and not in self-catering units.
The nearest petrol pump is a 15-20 minute drive away and is only open Monday to Friday, so it’s best to fill up before arrival in the last town you pass: Bredasdorp, Riviersonderend or Swellendam.
If you are self-catering, please ensure that you bring all your supplies. The curio shop sells wood, firelighters and meat, but is really a gift shop more than a food/supplies shop.
Each unit is serviced daily. The gate is open from 07h00 – 18h00, except on Fridays when the gate is open until 19h00.