A mere three-hour drive from Cape Town along the scenic Whale Route, De Hoop Nature Reserve is one of those all-weather getaways that’s idyllic no matter what time of year you visit. Nestled in the Overberg wilderness near the Southern tip of Africa, the reserve is a slice of untouched beauty waiting to be discovered.
Surrounded by rare fynbos, scattered seashells, majestic sand dunes and a diverse selection of game, the reserve is so unspoilt you’ll feel as if you’ve been transported to a time when the wild Cape coastline remained unaffected by commercialisation and tourism. Part of CapeNature, the area was declared a World Heritage site in 2004.
A charming collection
The array of Cape Dutch-inspired accommodation, known as the De Hoop Collection, comes in a variety of shapes and forms, with units ranging from basic rondawels to luxurious self-catering cottages and fully serviced suites. Whether you’re a happy camper, a large family or a honeymoon couple looking for a romantic escape, you’re guaranteed of pristine nature, spectacular views, and complete tranquillity at this magical destination.
The Cottages (complete with all amenities and an outdoor braai) are priced from R1900 per for four people sharing and are perfect for a fun weekend with friends. For a slice of luxury (and a fireplace in your room), book a Suite (from R2350 per person per night). For an historic homestead stay, try the Melkkamer Houses (from R2970), and for a fun, no-fuss experience, the Campsite Rondawels (from R1200 per couple) are wonderfully adequate and also boast stunning views.
A honeymoon haven
This serene seaside sanctuary makes for the perfect romantic retreat, and the De Hoop Collection’s honeymoon packages make your newlywed fairytales possible.
Honeymoon in the Otter Suites and Cloete suites
This package includes two nights in either suite, overlooking the vlei or the beautiful opstal courtyards, dinner and breakfast at The Fig Tree restaurant, a one-hour couples massage at De Hoop Spa, complimentary bubbly, and a full day’s use of two bicycles.
Cost R9 690 for two nights
Honeymoon in an Equipped Cottage
This package includes two nights in a central, amenity-inclusive elegant cottage, complete with dinner and breakfast for two, a half-hour couples herbal massage, complimentary bubbly, and a full day’s use of two bicycles.
Cost R5 520 for two nights
Honeymoon in a Rondawel
This package includes two nights in the simple rondawels overlooking the Opstal vlei, as well as dinner and breakfast for two, a half-hour couples herbal massage, complimentary bubbly, and a full day’s use of two bicycles.
Cost R4260 for two nights
Fun for everyone
For those seeking relaxing diversions, go for a light stroll on the beach, followed by a pre-prepared picnic. There’s also the spa, where you’ll find it hard to resist one of the restorative treatments. Or, settle under one of the ancient trees with a good book…
Feeling intrepid? Rent one of the reserve’s mountain bikes and head out on one of the many trails. Or book an Interpretative Marine Walk, Cape vulture viewing walk and a guided bird-watching walk , Eco Cruise on the Ramsar listed vlei tour on an eco-quad bike, followed by a fun game of tennis and boule.
With so much to offer, it’s no wonder the reserve recommends booking a minimum of two nights to ensure you experience all the magic this seaside and nature retreat holds dear.
Cost From R1 200 – R9 690
Contact 021 422 4522, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it De Hoop Nature Reserve, Overberg District Municipality, Overberg