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De Hoop Collection

De Hoop Nature Reserve


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Situated just 3 hours drive from Cape Town, the 36,000 hectares of the De Hoop conservation area forms part of a World Heritage Site, and is an ideal 2+ night stop over en-route between Cape Town and the Garden Route.

A 19 km vlei stretches across the reserve and is home to rich birdlife, including pelicans that breed on its waters each year.  The 3 nautical miles of the De Hoop Marine Reserve beyond the shoreline offer some the best whale viewing in the world, with some of 40% of the Southern Right Whale population coming to the bay each year to breed.

Birders spend time along the shores of the vlei observing wading birds while the Potberg Mountains are home to a colony of endangered Cape vultures.  Hikers and cyclists have close-up encounters with bontebok, Cape mountain zebra, eland, red hartebeest, baboons and ostrich.  Activities are diverse and guests choose between various day walks, the multi-day whale trail, mountain biking along the many gravel roads, or scenic game drives. Lazing on the beach and snorkelling in the many turquoise rock pools is simply another way to pass a rewarding day.

The De Hoop Collection offers a wide range of accommodation, for couples, families or groups of people travelling together.

The De Hoop Village consists of 9 cottages, each with 3 bedrooms plus their own kitchen and lounge/dining area.  Alternatively, for couples, the Equipped Opstal Cottages are ideal, as they have just 2 bedrooms. The Opstal Manor House consists of 3 en-suite bedrooms with a shared lounge area with the other guests staying there. Finally, there are 2 beautifully appointed Suites - the Stable Suite and the Vlei Suite - each with a kingsize bed.

The Figtree Restaurant is open to all guests, and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, and can also produce picnic hampers on request.

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Rates Include

Cottages: Self-catering basis - no meals are included.
Suites: Breakfast and dinner are included.


Children Policy

Children of any age are welcome. Rates available on request.



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Directions For Drivers

From Cape Town / Stellenbosch: Take the N2 to the town of Caledon where you turn right onto the R316 signposted towards Caledon and Bredasdorp. Continue on this road through Napier and into Bredasdorp and then turn left onto the R319 towards Swellendam. After about 6 km, turn right at the Malgas/Infanta sign and follow this dirt road for about 35 km to the reserve. For De Hoop Nature Reserve turn right at Buchu Bush sign.

From Swellendam/N2: Drive on N2 for 13km in the direction of Cape Town, turn left onto gravel road, signed Spitskop.  Continue on this road for about 45km until you reach a T-junction.  Turn left at the T-junction signed Malgas / Infanta and travel approx 2km before you turn right onto the De Hoop Pad signed BUCHU BUSHCAMP / DE HOOP. It is 7km from this turn off to the Main Gate of the Park and a further 8km to the office.

From Hermanus: Take the R43 out of  Hermanus towards Stanford (away from Cape Town).  At Stanford, turn left onto the R326 which you then follow for approx 23km until you reach the juction with the R316. Turn right onto the 316 towards Bredasdorp, and then continue on this road Napier and into Bredasdorp. In Breadsdorp turn left onto the R319 towards Swellendam. After about 6 km, turn right at the Malgas/Infanta sign and follow this dirt road for about 35 km to the reserve. For De Hoop Nature Reserve turn right at Buchu Bush sign.



General Information For Guests

The De Hoop Collection offers a wide range of accommodation, for couples, families or groups of people travelling together.

The De Hoop Village consists of 9 cottages, each with 3 bedrooms plus their own kitchen and lounge/dining area.  Alternatively, for couples, the Equipped Opstal Cottages are ideal, as they have just 2 bedrooms. The Opstal Manor House consists of 3 en-suite bedrooms with a shared lounge area with the other guests staying there. Finally, there are 2 beautifully appointed Suites - the Stable Suite and the Vlei Suite - each with a kingsize bed.

The Figtree Restaurant is open daily from 08:00 - 21:00 to all guests, and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner,  picnic options, teas, coffees and cakes and is licensed.

For self-catering guests please ensure you bring all your own supplies. The curio shop sells wood, firelighters and some meats. Please note that this is a gift shop and not a supermarket.

Nearest petrol station is approx. 15 - 20 mins drive away and only open Mon -Fri during business hours and until midday on a Saturday. Please fill up before arrival in the last town you pass - Bredasdorp, Riversonderend or Swellendam.


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