What to Do
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 opportunities for whale watching. The route is a five-day trail featuring well equipped and recently upgraded accommodation on each of the five nights.
To get a taste of De Hoop Nature Reserve, watch the video below:
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.
To find out more, download the De Hoop Nature Reserve brochure below.
How to get there
Potberg & Whale Trail:
Take the N2 from Cape Town to Caledon. Turn right at the second turn off to Caledon, where you will find the Venster Restaurant on your left side. Drive through Caledon and then continue on the R316 to Bredasdorp, via Napier. At the 3rd four-way stop street in Bredasdorp, turn left into All Saints Street (Caltex garage on left corner). Travel approximately 8 km on the R319 to Swellendam (past the silos on right hand side). Turn right onto the gravel road signposted Infanta, Malgas and De Hoop. Travel for approximately 50 km straight on to Potberg. (Do not turn right at the De Hoop turn-off). Follow whale trail signs. Go past Ouplaas School. Potberg gate is approximately 10 km from the school.
Koppie Alleen & De Hoop Collection:
Take N2 to Caledon. From Caledon drive through Napier to Bredasdorp. From Bredasdorp take the R319 to Swellendam. At about 6kms turn right – sign posted De Hoop/Malgas/Infanta. Follow the gravel road for 35kms until you see a sign to the right – De Hoop Nature Reserve.
GPS Co-Ordinates (for reserve office/campsite): 34.454040 S 20.400098 E
GPS Co-Ordinates (for Potberg reserve office): 34. 22 29 S 20.32 00 E
Office hours: 07:30–16:00
Tel: +27 (0)28 542 1114/5. If the landline does not connect, or just rings, this means that the line is down.
Whale Trail and permit bookings Tel: 087 087 8250
Only group bookings of six or twelve permitted. R1 920 per person. Portage R520 per unit (box).
Day Access = R50
Day Access = R30
De Hoop Nature Reserve Filming
De Hoop lies at the southernmost tip of Africa, where mountains meet the sea and create a fusion between freshwater and marine habitats that support a staggering array of terrestrial and aquatic life. Encompassing roughly 34 000 hectares, this World Heritage Site is one of the largest natural areas managed by CapeNature.
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