De Hoop Nature Reserve is home to the amazing plant diversity of Cape Fynbos as well as numerous birds and antelope species. It is a World Heritage Site.
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. Some 260 bird species have been recorded.
Bontebok, Cape mountain zebra, eland, baboons and ostrich roam freely.
There are a variety of activities for families and nature lovers alike. Book ahead at the De Hoop Collection office:
Explore the diverse landscapes on self-guided hikes through the rich fynbos plains or along the deserted coastline, take an MTB ride to explore the many gravel roads or scenic game drives.
Mountain Bikes can be hired.
Guided Bird Walk: 2 hours with a knowledgeable field guide focused on the identification and behaviour of De Hoop’s prolific birdlife. R195 pp.
De Hoop Vlei is a coastal lake of seasonally varying levels of water and salinity, formed when dunes blocked the course of the river. It is important for numerous species of wintering and staging waterbirds. The vlei is magnificent; 19kms in length, a RAMSAR site of international importance and a haven for birds. Also the site of the original De Hoop Farmstead.
Guided Eco Boat Cruise: 1.5 to 2 hours. Watch the sunset with a drink in hand on an afternoon boat cruise on the De Hoop wetlands. Birds, game, otters and sometimes, porcupine are sighted. Cruises leave at 11.00 and 1500 in Summer. House wines and beers plus snacks are provided. Morning cruises include tea/coffee, pastries and croissants. R450 pp.
Vulture Experience: 3 hours. Join a knowledgeable guide for a scenic drive through endangered fynbos and then a 1 hour hike up to the viewing deck. Watch the Western Cape’s last colony of endangered Cape Vultures as they soar and dive. A picnic lunch is provided in a backpack for you. R595 pp.
Guided Nature Drive: 2 hours. Experience the pristine fynbos and endangered game with a guide in an open safari vehicle in the late afternoon. Learn about the Bontebok and Mountain Zebra. Find special birds as you move through some of the most scenic areas of the reserve. Sundowners and snack included. R450 pp.
Guided MTB Trail: 2 to 3 hours. Learn about some of the less obvious natural and historical aspects of the reserve with a guide as you ride through the game herds. R395 pp.
You can visit for the day to enjoy some of the activities and take a scenic drive or, stay over to get the best experience. Managed by Cape Nature with private concessions inside… see De Hoop Collection Accommodation.
Adjacent is the 289 km2 De Hoop Marine Protected Area (MPA).
The protected area extends 3 miles out to sea and is managed by Cape Nature as a completely restricted (no-take) area.