An eco-tourism gem and a firm favourite for hikers, cyclists, birders and whale watchers

The combination of sea, sand, vlei and floral scenery at De Hoop Nature Reserve is not only extraordinary but also allows a memorable, extensive outdoor adventure. This 34.000 ha protected area is found in the Overberg area of South Africa, and besides being known for its abundant birdlife, it’s also celebrated for wildlife sightings including the Cape mountain zebra, eland, and bontebok. The marine life beauty is an unmissable main feature, especially the southern right whales, with De Hoop being a very important conservation site for these majestic animals. Nature lovers can delight in eco-experiences exploring the immaculate environment boasting rocky shores, forested gorges, grass plains and the unique lowland fynbos.


Discover the biodiversity and stunning scenery on various running, hiking and biking trails.
Spot magnificent southern right whales along the coastline during the whale season.
Look for over 260 bird species and check out the Potberg Cape vulture breeding colony.
Take a dip in the clear rock pools and seek out marine life while snorkelling.
Admire the stunning scenery of De Hoop Vlei on a guided eco-boat trip.
Make the most of De Hoop’s exceptionally clear night sky on a stargazing experience.

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Best time to go to De Hoop Nature Reserve

De Hoop Nature Reserve is an eventful year-round destination. From June to November, visitors can spot Southern right whales and their young. This cooler season is also great for activities like wildlife viewing, hiking, sandboarding and mountain biking. The rest of the year, from December to May, visitors can enjoy discovering rock pools, going on nature walks and having picnics. In the summertime, the various plants in bloom are a lovely sight. This time is also great for birding as at the end of spring, around October, migratory birds come to the reserve.

Featured De Hoop Nature Reserve stays

Lekkerwater Beach Lodge at De Hoop Overberg

A luxury beachside lodge focused on marine conservation and mindful living
From$410 /ppn

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