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Reached by country roads and across a chain ferry some way south of the town of Swellendam, De Hoop is remote and beautiful.

Grassy sand dunes lightly coated in fynbos lead down onto a long, white-sand beach, off which whales breach and play during the season.

Wildlife of De Hoop Nature Reserve

Blesbok at De Hoop Nature ReserveAs well as the unique fauna there are also several species of antelope and zebras in the reserve, and it is something of a hotspot for bird-watchers.

De Hoop is ideal for those who enjoy a bit of walking, wilderness and being close to wildlife.

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Suggested itineraries featuring De Hoop Nature Reserve

This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in De Hoop Nature Reserve, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

Map of De Hoop Nature Reserve

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    Places near De Hoop Nature Reserve

    Accommodation choices for De Hoop Nature Reserve

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit De Hoop Nature Reserve. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Infinity pool at De Hoop Collection, De Hoop Nature Reserve

      De Hoop Collection

      Simple

      Whether you're in a suite or a cottage, staying here allows you to explore ocean vistas, dunes, lakes, unique fynbos plants and a variety of wildlife, with the Potberg Mountains as a backdrop.

    • Morukuru Beach Lodge, fireplace in restaurant

      Morukuru Beach Lodge

      First Class

      Perched on the ocean’s edge in a green fynbos landscape, this boutique hotel has just five suites that offer some of the best whale watching in the world.