Situated just three hours drive from Cape Town, the 36, 000 hectares of De Hoop conservation area forms part of a World Heritage Site characterised by rich biodiversity and rare species of fynbos that lead down to an unspoiled coastline. A 19km vlei, which is a Ramsar site, stretches across the reserve and is home to rich birdlife, including pelicans that breed on its waters each year.
The three nautical miles of De Hoop Marine Reserve beyond the shoreline offer some of the best whale viewing in the world, with some 40% of the global Southern Right Whale population coming to the bay each year to breed.
From camping and caravanning sites and affordable self-catering rondawels to more luxurious self-catering cottages and upmarket fully catered lodges, the De Hoop Collection has something to offer families travelling on a limited budget, couples seeking a comfortable but affordable breakaway, right through to international guests looking for a top-end luxury experience – and all of this in one of the most beautiful places the South African coastline has to offer.
Aside from the spectacular whale viewing there are numerous activities available to guests staying at De Hoop or just visiting for a day. These include interpretive guided walks through the fynbos and the rock pools, bird watching, hiking and mountain biking, to name a few.