Yoga and mountain biking weekends at De Hoop

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MARIANNE WIID will host a weekend of pure yoga bliss at De Hoop from November 6 to 9, 2020. The blend of fresh air, nature walks and restorative yoga will recharge and revitalise your energy and unify your body, mind, and spirit.

De Hoop Nature Reserve in the Overberg region, world renowned as one the best spots for shore-based whale watching, is a three-hour drive from Cape Town. Here, in one of the most beautiful parts of South Africa you will be blissfully isolated from the rest of the world and you will unwind, de-stress, heal and rejuvenate.

Price: R6 500 per person includes four days/three nights’ accommodation at De Hoop Collection’s beautiful Opstal area, all meals (healthy vegetarian lunches and dinners prepared by the vegetarian chef), and a guided marine walk (at low tide) along the spectacular rocky shores at Koppie Alleen, plus yoga sessions (pranayama, asanas, restorative yoga and sun salutations.

Suitable for all levels, but it is recommended that you do have a basic background of yoga. In your down time you can explore and enjoy the pristine environment of De Hoop  – take a vlei walk, observe wading birds on the shores of the vlei and pelicans flapping their wings on the horizon, visit the Potberg Mountains, home to a colony of endangered Cape vultures, or you simply while away the hours reading.

Booking is essential, with limited availability. Ts&Cs apply. For more information and to book, email namaste@africanyogi.com, call 021-422 4522 or email res@dehoopcollection.co.za

The 2020 De Hoop Vlei MTB Experience will take place from November 20 to 22, 2020. This exhilarating three-day mountain biking experience will give mountain bike enthusiasts, friends, and families the chance to explore the terrain, vast open spaces, and wildlife of De Hoop Nature Reserve. Together with whale-watching, drives out to the beach at Koppie Alleen and swimming and relaxing at the pool, this is what makes a visit to De Hoop Nature Reserve so different to that run-of-the-mill mountain bike riding weekend away.

This relaxed ride format will have small groups of 10 riders departing every 15 minutes apart – faster riders earlier and slow riders later. Each group will be accompanied by a professional guide. They include a well-known UCI qualified coach, bike mechanical engineer and skilled mountain bike riders. “It’s basically a self-supported ride,” said Jacobs. “There are no water points, so riders are responsible for their own water and supplies, but we are offering a small goody bag with nutrition supplies to each entrant.” A medical support crew will be assisting.

The route offers challenging but rewarding riding; a combination of Jeep and single tracks, limestone and protected vegetation areas is what makes it challenging.

The R2 650 per person package includes: two dinners; two lunches and two breakfasts served at the Fig Tree restaurant at De Hoop Collection; two bottles of wine sponsored by Lomond Wine; a goodie bag with nutrition supplies from Enduren; one complimentary massage by EPT Recovery;  bike wash after each ride. It excludes the Cape Nature entrance fee (payable at the gate), and a Ciovita rider jersey (optional extra).

Bookings can only be made through email (no online bookings available) nicola@dehoopcollection.co.za. For more information, race queries and entry fees regarding the 2020 De Hoop Vlei MTB Experience, call race director Anneke Viljoen on 084 228 0414 or email anneke@overbergmtbevents.co.za

Phone 021 422 4522, email res@dehoopcollection.co.za, or click here for more information. De Hoop Collection is a member of Cape Country Routes.

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