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De Hoop Nature Reserve

De Hoop Nature Reserve



+27 (0)21 422 4522



Poaching Hotline:

+27 (0) 8600 10111


Size:  36,000 ha / 360 km2

Nearest major city:  Cape Town (3h20 approx by car)

Species Numbers:  81 Mammals        257 Birds        44 Reptiles

Big Five:  No


  • - Malaria-free
  • - One of the best places in South Africa to see southern right whales (May to Nov)
  • - Location of the popular 5-day Whale Trail
  • - Potberg offers almost guaranteed sightings of Cape vultures in flight
  • - Good walking trails with no risk from potentially dangerous game

One of the most underrated coastal protected areas in South Africa, the 36,000 hectare De Hoop Nature Reserve and its 24,000 hectare marine protected area offers visitors some of the most diverse scenery of the Western Cape, including mountains, vleis, dunes, beaches and rock pools, and is a critical area for the conservation of several important fauna and flora, including lowland fynbos, southern-right whales, bontebok and Cape mountain zebra.

Home of the famous Whale Trail, De Hoop is also well known for its 18 km long vlei, which attracts plenty of water birds, and the Potberg mountains, which is the nesting site for the largest breeding colony of Cape griffon vultures in the province. The varied accommodation is managed by the private company De Hoop Collection, and includes something for everyone, from camping to five-star luxury, as well as an excellent restaurant.