Welcome to the whales at De Hoop


DE HOOP Nature Reserve, a World Heritage site and Marine Protected Area in the Overberg region, home of the famed Whale Trail and arguably the best land-based whale-watching spot in the world, is where every year from June to November some 40% of the world’s southern right whales come to breed.

Last year was a great year for whale sightings according to the UP Mammal Research Institute Whale Unit. The results of its aerial survey from Hermanus to Witsand revealed a total of 568 cow/calf pairs of southern right whales, totalling 1 136, marking a historic high in observed cow/calf pairs along the South African coastline

Whale time is definitely a favourite time at De Hoop Collection. Combine this with cosy meals at the Fig Tree Restaurant plus a number of immersive guided activities and you’re well on your way to creating some magical winter memories.

A premier member of Cape Country Routes, The De Hoop Collection in the heart of the magnificent reserve and just three hours from Cape Town, offers a range of affordable accommodation from campsite rondawels, self-catering cottages and houses, romantic suites, an old stone Manor house and the stunning De Mond Villa.

It is the perfect destination for a weekend getaway. This is where you get to experience a unique outdoor experience like no other – the sea, pristine beaches, a Ramsar-listed vlei (a wetland of international importance under the Ramsar Convention), rare indigenous plants, diverse animal and bird life…and the whales of course. There’s also the new Origins of Early Southern Sapiens Behaviour exhibition that highlights the Southern Cape coastline’s archaeological heritage and diverse marine environment; plus the fabulous De Hoop Collection’s winter special – 40% off on either the De Hoop Village Cottages or the Suites (DBB), valid  until 31 July 2024 (excluding event weekends).

Call 021 422 4522, email [email protected] or click here.

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