De Hoop Nature Reserve, Western Cape, South Africa

De Hoop is a Nature Reserve in the Western Cape of international importance and a fabulous holiday destination. Visitors can have a varied outdoor experience and enjoy quality accommodation and camping.

At this Western Cape Nature Reserve on the Garden Route many of the original buildings have undergone complete renovation as part of an extensive refurbishment. The typical architecture of this region has been maintained.

De Hoop has a delightful restaurant open all day and a small conference centre for up to 30 people. Dream weddings can be accommodated and a number of other functions for up to 250 people. Honeymooners will find the reserve the perfect retreat in magical surroundings.

This Western Cape Nature Reserve covers 36 000 hectares and includes 3 nautical miles of marine protected area. It is a World Heritage Site due to endemic species from the Cape Floral Kingdom. De Hoop vlei (wetland) is also a Ramsar site, recognising the resident bird species. There are 86 mammals and 260 species of bird including migrants in the reserve.

Visitors can enjoy the diversity of landscapes and things to do in De Hoop Nature Reserve. The reserve is wonderful for beach and dune walks, whale trails and biking. Families can paddle and snorkel in the bright blue rock pools, take a game drive or even horse ride. Bird watching on the vlei is a must and hikers can tackle the Potberg Mountains.

De Hoop Nature Reserve, Western Cape, South Africa

Nigel Dennis has travelled and photographed throughout southern Africa for 23 years. Although concentrating primarily on wildlife, he also covers a broad spectrum of nature subjects, including birds, reptiles, flora and African landscapes. His work has appeared in many of the world’s top magazines, including National Geographic, Time, BBC Wildlife and Terre Sauvage. Nigel’s images have been published in over 25 countries world-wide. To date he has produced seventeen wildlife, nature and travel books.

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