The whales have arrived, and you’re welcome to join them at the De Hoop Nature Reserve in the heart of the Overberg region. The De Hoop Collection, which has been offering warm, wonderful and whale-friendly accommodation within the reserve for the past 10 years, is celebrating its tenth anniversary with a weekend of festivities that includes wine-tasting, live music and outdoor adventures.
Of course, the southern right beauties are the stars of the show. Every year, these sanguine sea giants arrive in the bay to commence their breeding season, during which protective mother whales can be sighted with their young calves in tow.
It’s estimated that around 40 percent of the world’s southern right population is drawn to this particular stretch of coastline every May to November. Fortunately they’re not wine drinkers, so human guests need not worry about the booze being exhausted.
Wine, Whales and Song
The weekend promises to be activity-packed, with a bit of something for everyone, including:
- a five-course gourmet dinner
- wine tasting with wineries from the Overberg region
- an eco Boat cruise
- a guided bird walk
- a chocolate-making workshop
- High Tea under the Fig tree
- Whale Time Serenade performed by an ensemble of world-class musicians, including Peta Ann Holdcroft, Malané Hofmeyr-Burger, Irina Tsoniff, Ivo Ivanov and Vladimir Ivanov
- a look at marine life under the microscope with Professors Jo and Liesl van As and Professor Linda Basson from the University of the Free State
- a trip to the rocky shores of Koppie Alleen (that will take your breath away!)
- a picnic breakfast on the dunes
Please note The accommodation rates include wine tasting, two dinners, two breakfasts, high tea, live music and a whale talk at Koppie Alleen. Other activities, such as the guided bird walk (R100 per person); chocolate-making workshop with Richard von Geusau (R125 per person) and eco boat cruise (R350 per person), are charged separately.
Eager to see the majestic mammals in action? Check out our best whale-watching spots in the Cape.