De Hoop Nature reserve is approximately 340 square kilometers in area, making it one of the largest natural areas managed by Cape Nature. You’ll be surrounded by the sea, sand dunes, fynbos and mountains. Besides enjoying the breathtaking views, the private beaches, game drive you can discover a wealth of marine, bird, animal and rare plant species. De Hoop Nature Reserve is a 1.5-hour gravel road drive from Swellendam, and definitely worth the drive.
Tips for traveling to De Hoop:
- There is no fuel station in De Hoop.
- Conservation fees are payable at the gate upon arrival.
- De Hoop Nature Reserve Gate opens at 7 am and closes at 6 pm.
- The whale season runs from the end of May through to November.