An unspoilt coastline
De Hoop Nature Reserve is a 36,000-hectare nature reserve, with an unspoilt coastline of more than 70 kilometres. Here you can find rich biodiversity! Because of these special elements, De Hoop Nature Reserve is on the Unesco World Heritage List. Also, this is one of the largest natural areas managed by CapeNature. Outside of Unesco and CapeNature, the 19 km wide valley is also on the Ramsar List of the Wetland of International Importance.
Garden and Whale Route
This amazing nature reserve can be found about 260 kilometres or 3 hours drive from Cape Town, on the famous Garden and Whale routes. De Hoop Reserve is located east of Bredasdorp and is, therefore, best reached from Bredasdorp or Swellendam. This region is also known as the Overberg.
Well guarded against human impact
The Reserve was founded by two farmers and is intended to allow endangered species such as the Bontebok and the Cape Zebra to graze around without any worries. But in other ways, this park is closely guarded against the impact of us human beings. You can’t take anything with you from this place. Even from beautiful pebbles or shiny shells, we have to keep our hands off! De Hoop’s Marine Protected Area (MPA) protects more than just the coastline reserve. It also takes care of the dolphins, seals, southern whales and more than 250 species of fish swimming in the sea for up to three nautical miles.
So, it is a paradise place for the true nature lover! Behind the sandy beaches and rocks lay an extensive dune area and further inland a large freshwater lake, where you can take a brisk nature walk. Numerous whale families come on vacation in this bay. Furthermore, the Hoop Nature Reserve can also be combined with a visit to the most southern tip of Africa!