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De Hoop Nature Reserve

  • 4.7

  • from 921 Google reviews

A sign on the side of a dirt road
A sign on the side of a dirt road

About the garden

De Hoop is one of the largest natural areas managed by CapeNature. This beautiful reserve is a favourite for hikers, cyclists, and bird and whale watchers. The reserve, which is 34 000 hectares, is just three hours from Cape Town, in the Overberg.

The neighbouring marine reserve, which extends 5km out to sea, is one of the largest marine protected areas in Africa. It conserves a vast and fascinating variety of marine life. The reserve is a World Heritage Site.

De Hoop has one of the best hiking trails in South Africa: the Whale Trail. This route offers coastal and mountain walking, with spectacular views and, of course, plenty of opportunities for whale watching. This route is a five-day trail featuring well-equipped accommodation on each of the five nights, including the newly-built Noetsie cottages, which are your stopover between days two and three.

Opening times

Office Hours | 07h30 to 16h00

Useful details

Cafe or restaurant

No cafe or restaurant on site



Overberg District Municipality, 6740

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Google reviews

  • 4.7

  • from 921 Google reviews

shamiel abrahams

8 months ago


Very well equipped and comfortable accommodation. The wild fig restaurant serves fantastic food and the chef Mercia is absolutely brilliant. F&B manager Clint very friendly and offer great service.

Fabio Gallotta

10 months ago


What an amazing place. Cape Nature and it's staff are immense. Their parks are clean, well managed, staff are friendly, knowledgeable and passionate about being in the reserve. I really am impressed everytime I've had the pleasure of visiting.

Cecilia Havenga

6 months ago


Absolutely stunning on all accounts. Tranquility at it's best, wonderful staff and exceptionally clean ablutions. A nature lover's dream. We shall certainly be back

Aussie Raad

2 weeks ago


The Whale Trail is a must. Saw many whales. Weather was cold so no swimming. Huts were great. Sad to see waste dumped by Cape Nature such as rain water tanks and rusted 200 litre drums. Etc.

Rone Bruwer

10 months ago


Relaxing atmosphere. Wonderful cottages. Saw some eland and bontebok. The fynbos is so pretty. You have the bush, river, sand and sea. Best of all worlds

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+27 (0)28 542 1114/5.

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