“It’s more than just a retreat; it’s total surrender” – Whale Trail hiker

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.

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 currently a four-day trail as upgrades to the Noetsie cottage are taking place. The trail will revert to a five-day trail once the cottage’s upgrades are complete.

To find out more, download the De Hoop Nature Reserve brochure.

Please note: The management of the tourism activities and accommodation facilities of the cottages and camping sites at De Hoop Nature Reserve (excluding the Whale Trail) is handled by De Hoop Collection.

How to get there

From Cape Town: De Hoop Nature Reserve is situated east of Bredasdorp, about 260km from Cape Town. The reserve may be approached from either Bredasdorp or Swellendam. The last 57km of either route is along gravel roads.

Office hours: 07:30–16:00

Tel: +27 (0)28 542 1114/5