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  • An incredible setting, rich with biodiversity, in the dune-filled De Hoop nature reserve
  • Wide variety to accommodation options to suit all needs
  • Numerous activities and outdoor explorations in the area

De Hoop Collection

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

54km from Bredasdorp


-34.4538, 20.3998


Every year, some 40% of the world’s Southern Right whales come to the shores of De Hoop to breed. As a marine reserve and World Heritage Site, De Hoop guarantees a safe nursery for these pods of visiting cetaceans, which come so close to the shore that visitors can relax on the unspoilt sand dunes, watching as the creatures calve, blow, breach and belly-flop.

Two main accommodation areas are located on opposite banks of the huge vlei in the reserve; the Opstal area on the eastern side, and Melkkamer on the west.

Opstal is the hub of the reserve and houses the Fig Tree Restaurant, a tennis court, swimming pool and boules courtyard, along with accommodation ranging from the grand Manor House, to intimate and luxurious suites and affordable cottages, rondavels and campsites. 

The Fig Tree Restaurant is open daily, and provides guests with indoor or outdoor dinning options for breakfasts, lunches and dinners. Delicious picnic baskets can be ordered from reception to be enjoyed wherever you wish, while culinary experiences revealing the secrets of great local chefs, can also be booked throughout the year as part of De Hoop Collection's event calendar. 

The smaller Melkkamer area offers the utmost privacy, and features its own Manor House as well as two homely cottages ideal for families. Wherever you stay in the reserve, you can be guaranteed of spectacular views over the wetland and a sense of privacy. 

The real drawcard of De Hoop is the sheer number of activities on offer. The area’s complete splendour can be fully appreciated by hikers who take on the De Hoop and Whale Trails, spectacular, fully catered multi-day hikes which traverse mountains and dunes overlooking the Indian Ocean. 

An interpretative marine walk, along with snorkelling will reveal the wonders of the turquoise coastal rock pools and sandy beaches, while the vlei is a birder’s paradise, showcasing nearly 100 species of waterbirds. Quadbiking and mountain biking trails are exciting ways to explore the area, and the reserve is a safe natural playground for kids to revel in.

Rates & Summary

Opstal Manor House

Sleeps 6 in 3 en-suite bedrooms
Fully catered

4 Opstal Houses

Each sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms

3 Opstal Vlei Cottages

Each sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms

2 Stable Suites

Each sleeps 2 in King bed
En-suite bath and shower

7 Equipped Cottages

1 has three bedrooms
6 have two bedrooms

9 Opstal Village Cottages

Each sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms 

7 Rondawels

Each sleeps 2 to 4
Communal bathrooms, shared kitchen

Melkkamer Manor House

4 en-suite bedrooms sleep 8 people

2 Melkkamer Cottages

Foremans sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms
Vlei sleeps 8 in 4 bedrooms

Camping/Caravan Sites

10 campsites and 5 caravan sites 
Communal bathrooms & kitchenette (no cooking facilities or equipment) 



  • From R 420 pp sharing at the Rondawels
  • To R 1 750 pp sharing at the Opstal Vlei Suite 


  • From R 690 pp sharing at Foremans and Melkkamer Vlei Cottages
  • To R 1 063 pp sharing at the Melkkamer Manor House

Camping/Caravan Site - max 6

  • R 325 per unit

Rates have various catering options
Prices exclude R 40 pp conservation fee


Rates from self catering to full board.
Option to take meals at the Fig Tree Restaurant.


Children of all ages are welcome, with babysitting available on request.

  • 0 - 2: stay for free
  • 3 – 11yrs: 50% of the adult rate.

Why Stay Here?

Showcasing rich biodiversity and exceptional scenery, the De Hoop Nature Reserve is situated just three hours’ drive from Cape Town on the Garden and Whale Routes. They have a wide variety of accommodation options to suit every pocket, but all have a magnificent setting in common. The De Hoop Reserve is an outdoor destination with almost year-round sunshine. It comprises 70km of white-duned coastline, a huge wetland and prolific fauna and flora. Few other reserves offer the amount of land and sea activities that are available in this pristine 36 000ha World Heritage Site.


  • An incredible setting, rich with biodiversity, in the dune-filled De Hoop nature reserve
  • Wide variety to accommodation options to suit all needs
  • Numerous activities and outdoor explorations in the area


The Melkkamer area offers secluded accommodation.

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, swimming towels, fishing gear, binoculars for birding, whale watching and dolphin spotting.

Road Conditions

The gravel roads in the reserve are suitable for any vehicle.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pools
  • Tennis courts
  • Croquet
  • Whale watching
  • Hiking
  • Game viewing
  • Mountain biking
  • Bird watching
  • Snorkelling
  • Beach activities
  • Spa Treatments
  • Eco Quad Biking
  • Interpretive Marine Walk
  • Stargazing


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Lounge
  • Dining table
  • Heater included
  • Electric blanket included
  • Fireplace
  • Bring your own firewood
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry service available
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Restaurant
  • Licensed
  • Full Kitchen
  • Braai area available
  • Microwave oven
  • Stove
  • Hot Plates
  • Fridge or minibar
  • Basic cleaning materials


  • Own water supply, showering and washing only
  • Electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • Swimming pool

Business & Connectivity

  • Paid Wi-Fi
  • Limited cell phone reception
  • Conference facilities available

Access & Convenience

  • Limited wheelchair friendliness
  • Babysitting available
  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Nearest shops further than 50km
  • Nearest fuel within 10km


  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted


  • Personal safe





Western Cape


The Overberg is a region that’s easy on the senses and pleasing to the eye. Its landscape is a tapestry of colours and meandering patterns, both natural and manmade. 

The region forms a relatively small part of the Western Cape; it is mostly rural, and is blessed with stunning scenery and unique highlights. Its largest town, Hermanus, is said to provide the best land-based whale watching in the world. It also has exquisite beaches, including the blue flag Grotto Beach, and the nearby Hemel-en-Aarde Valley epitomises the majestic beauty of the region.

Across Walker Bay, the towns of Gansbaai and Kleinbaai are best known for shark cage diving to see great whites at the hotspot near Dyer Island.

L’Agulhas stands at the southernmost point on the African continent, and is the meeting point of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans.

The Overberg fauna and flora is protected in the Bontebok National Park, and its nature reserves include De Hoop, De Mond, Salmons Dam, Marloth, and the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve. Staying with wildlife, the penguin colony at Stony Point in Betty’s Bay is also a tourist favourite.

Swellendam and the small mission towns of Genadendal and Elim are amongst the Overberg’s historic icons. Others that are popular with visitors are Greyton, Stanford, and Napier.

In summer the farmlands are dominated by shimmering shades of brown, the fields stripped of their winter crops and the bare earth ploughed into meandering combed patterns dotted with tightly compressed wheels of straw awaiting collection. Labourers’ cottages hunker down beneath old blue gums and on a cold day smoke drifts from their chimneys.

Throughout the year the early morning and late afternoon sun accentuates the sensual curves of the ridges wreathed in fynbos. When the winter rains return, the undulating, sometimes tiered fields shrug off their brown and slip into the vibrant greens of wheat, barley, and oats, and the brilliant yellow of the iconic canola. On still, sultry mornings, blue cranes, South Africa’s national bird, float overhead craaaaaaking as they go.

The coastline is punctuated by long sweeping bays and rocky outcrops that fringe the southern boundary of this landscape. Here one can spend hours sitting on the white sand, being mesmerised by the eternal activity of the sea.

Add to this a scattering of charming inland villages; locally produced beer, cheese, and wine; lighthouses, bird watching, and wonderful food, and it becomes evident why one needs plenty of time here.

Look out for

Southern-most tip of Africa - at L’Agulhas, which is also the official meeting point of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans. 

Shark cage diving - near Gansbaai there are several operators who do trips daily out to the Great Whites’ favourite hunting grounds near Dyer Island. 

Whale watching - the Overberg offers great land-based and boat-based whale watching (best between July and November). 

Beaches - the Overberg beaches are amongst the finest in South Africa. They include the longest beach in the southern hemisphere - at 14km - which curves along the coast at Struisbaai. 

Swellendam - is the third-oldest magisterial district in South Africa. At the base of the Langeberg Mountains on the N2 highway the town has an array of historic buildings including the Drostdy Museum.

Hermanus - On the coast in the west of the region. It is the largest town in the Overberg and popular with visitors all year round. It’s especially well known for its superb land-based whale watching.

Hemel-en-Aarde Valley - near Hermanus - this scenic area produces a range of wines and is known for its Pinot Noir.

Bontebok National Park - The smallest of South Africa’s National Parks, it not only protects the fauna within its boundaries but also endangered flora in the fynbos biome. In addition to the bontebok, the park is also home to Cape mountain zebra, red hartebeest, grey rhebuck, and Cape grysbok as well as 200 bird species. There are hiking and mountain-biking trails and fishing and swimming in the Breede River. The accommodation and campsite are situated at Lang Elsie’s Kraal amongst a riverine thicket of trees and aloes near the banks of the Breede River. This consists of 10 self-catering chalets with wheel chair access, and caravan and camping sites. There are also picnic spots with braai and ablution facilities for day visitors.

De Hoop Nature Reserve - Each year between June and November whales return to the rugged coastline of this 34 000 hectare reserve near Bredasdorp to breed. During this time the marine reserve supports 40% of the world’s Southern Right whale population. Although these may be the drawcard for many visitors there is much more in the line of nature-based activities for the visitor. Lowland fynbos is the dominant vegetation throughout the reserve and this supports bontebok, Cape mountain zebra, grey rhebuck, eland, and baboon, as well as many smaller mammals. It’s a great destination for ‘twitchers’, with the De Hoop vlei attracting a large number of water birds and pushing the recorded species to an impressive total of 260. Besides being able to walk anywhere in the reserve there are several day hikes and the popular 5-day whale trail. Accommodation options are varied from cottages and rondawels to restored houses and neat camping and caravan sites amongst the milkwood trees. Most accommodation is around what is known as Die Opstal near the fresh water vlei and park reception.

Wines - The region has some top class wineries that offer tasting and sales.

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