Welcome to De Hoop Nature Reserve

The village of Ouplaas, 15km from the reserve entrance, is the nearest place to buy fuel and supplies.

Top experiences in De Hoop Nature Reserve

De Hoop Nature Reserve activities

$1038.11 Tours & Sightseeing

Whale Trail slack pack trail

30 November 2019/DArrival at POTBERG GUESTHOUSE DE HOOP NATURE RESERVE on 30 November 2019 .Occupation of hut from 15:00 . Room configuaration is 3 bedrooms with 4 bunk beds in each.Hot running water and flush toilets but ovenight huts have limited solar powered electricity.  Settle in at hut and meet guides and other guests. Braai under the Southern Cross with a taste of local food & wine Dinner 1 December 2019B/L/DHike Day1  16km. Early breakfast before the  walk up Potberg mountain discovering rare Proteas & other Fynbos & Cape Vultures. Coffee brewed on the mountain top enjoying panoramic views of the Breede River, Witsand and Cape Infanta. Lunch & a cool-off swim enjoyed beside the Melkhout River. Descend to overnight at Cupidoskraal hut nestling beside a forest. Cold refreshments served. 2 December 2019B/L/D  Hike Day 2  15km Another early start for a scenic  mountain & valley walk to the Limestone hills before the bay of Noetsie. Interesting ecotone as the geology changes from Table Mountain sandstone to Limestone, with amazingly diverse fynbos flower species. The  private & pristine bay is a beach paradise with many sightings of whales, dolphins, sharks and seals. Baboons & small mammal sightings common. Cold sundowners on the sea shore. 3 December 2019BLD Hike Day 3  8km cliff &   beach walk with interesting calcrete rock-art on the white beaches. Breathtaking scenery & bird life. Fascinating beautiful tidal pools to explore. Stilgat caves is our lunch stop with ample time to view the stalactites and snorkel. Overnight at Hamerkop set upon the dunes and Milkwood trees. 4 December  2019B/L/D Hike Day 4  11km of mostly white beach walking, exploring calcrete formations , tidal pools and blowholes.Best viewing spots for whale -watching. The calcrete formations and rock pools are stunning. Dramatic overnight cottage is Vaalkrans, set upon a huge cave.We enjoy our last evening together with some local beverages. 5 December 2019B/L Hike Day 5  9km beach & coastal shrub meander, watching whales and swimming. Ideal swimming  & picnic lunch spot is Hippo Pools. Transport collects us from Koppie Aleen at 12:00. Then  +40 min drive through the De Hoop Nature Reserve with views of Eland, Zebra and Bontebok along the way. Transfer  to our vehicles parked safely  at Potberg. Congratulations on completing this epic trail! .

De Hoop Nature Reserve in detail