The wonder of De Hoop Nature Reserve
De Hoop Nature Reserve is one of the most beautiful places on the planet, and this new video shows you why.
Located on the southern Cape coast, De Hoop is one of CapeNature’s flagship reserves, and is famous for it’s variety of wildlife, vegetation (including a host of endemic fynbos) and of course the iconic Whale Trail.
It is truly a diverse and beautiful nature reserve, and local filmmakers from Homebrew Films recently had the opportunity to capture some incredible footage of the area, including some amazing aerial shots of the Southern Right Whales that visit the Marine Protected Area every year.
Watch the wonder of De Hoop unfurl before you
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 reserve has the largest conserved area of lowland fynbos in the Western Cape. Of the 9 000 plant species found in the Cape floral region, the reserve and its surrounds have an estimated 1 500 species.
De Hoop has 86 mammal species, such as the rare bontebok and Cape mountain zebra, as well as eland, grey rhebok, baboon, yellow mongoose, caracal and the occasional leopard. The nature reserve also has more than 260 bird species, including many water birds living around the De Hoop vlei. Potberg is home to the only remaining breeding colony of the rare Cape vulture in the Western Cape.
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, including dolphins, seals, southern right whales and at least 250 species of fish.
De Hoop is also known as one of the best land-based whale-watching spots in the world. Between June and November, the coastline is transformed as southern right whales migrate here to breed and look after their young.
The Whale Trail is an unforgettable experience, taking you through one of the Western Cape’s most unique and diverse nature reserves.
The route stretches over 55km, from Potberg to Koppie Alleen, with five overnight stops (hikers spend the first night at Potberg before starting the trail). The unspoilt natural beauty on this trail is unsurpassable, leading through lush fynbos and offering stunning views of the coast.