De Hoop Nature Reserve in South Africa

Accommodation in De Hoop Nature Reserve

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De Hoop Village De hoop village: Cottage from: ZAR 595

De Hoop Nature Reserve

The De Hoop Nature Reserve is a jewel of the Western Cape and is situated 50km east of Bredasdorp. The reserve is about 260km by road from Cape Town and can be reached via either Bredasdorp or Swellendam on the Bredasdorp/Malgas Road.There is an 11km circular drive in the reserve starting at the office and takes visitors through some of the most interesting features of the De Hoop Nature Reserve. This drive is signposted and there are picnic facilities at Tierhoek. Whale watching can be enjoyed close by at Koppie Alleen (14km drive) and also provides game viewing opportunities and close-up views of the dunes. De Hoop Nature Reserve has a great variety of Lowland fynbos - attractive, bushy vegetation and forms part of the Cape Floral kingdom. The De Hoop vlei is a wetland that enjoys international recognition. It is one of 16 wetlands in South Africa that are recognised by the Ramsar Convention as being of international importance. Animals one is likely to see in the reserve include bontebok, Cape mountain zebra, baboons, ostrich, eland, grey rhebuck, duiker, steenbok and yellow mongoose and if you are fortunate, Leopard and Caracal are occasionally spotted.One of the most unusual aspects of the De Hoop Nature Reserve is that visitors may leave their cars at any time and walk anywhere in the reserve; they should, however, be careful not to trample the natural vegetation. There are no dangerous mammals in the reserve but visitors are warned to be wary of baboons, zebras and ostriches and to look out for snakes, especially during summer. Walking trails give hikers ample opportunity to appreciate the diverse aspects of the De Hoop Nature Reserve.