About De Hoop Collection
De Hoop Nature Reserve is a World Heritage Site and offers the finest whale viewing in Southern Africa. The Marine Protected Area, which extends five kilometres out to sea, is one of the largest marine protected areas in Africa, providing a sanctuary for a vast array of marine life.
It is also one of the best places to discover rare and endangered fynbos, is a bird watchers’ paradise and is home to more than 85 species of game. Picnics on the dunes, champagne under the stars or a simple lunch in a secluded spot on the vlei are just some of the unique, bespoke experiences we can offer to our guests. De Hoop also offers full wedding and conference facilities.
The De Hoop Collection offers a wide range of accommodation. From affordable self-catering chalets and cottages to five-star fully catered lodges. Crisp linen and towels provided.
Melkkamer Manor House:
The majestic gabled Melkkamer Manor House has been beautifully renovated and its four en-suite bedrooms offer fully catered five-star luxury and service.
Melkkamer Foreman’s Cottage:
Melkkamer Foreman's Cottage is a charming private sandstone cottage hidden amongst rambling milkwood trees. It is within walking distance of the vlei and the Melkkamer Manor House.
Melkkamer Vlei Cottage:
Melkkamer Vlei Cottage is a sandstone house dating back to 1872. This quaint cottage overlooks the largest wetland on the southern Cape coast.
These three spacious houses are set among the milkwoods close to the vlei. They all have three spacious bedrooms, fully equipped kitchens, bathrooms and special outside braai area.
Opstal Manor House / Suites:
The Opstal area forms the heart of the De Hoop Collection and offers a range of accommodation situated amidst the splendour of rich fynbos plains and close to the central office, Fig Tree Restaurant and shop.
Equipped Cottages at the Opstal:
These cottages are all fully equipped for self-catering stays. They all have well appointed kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms with crisp linen and towels.
De Hoop Village at the Opstal:
In the heart of the De Hoop Nature Reserve and surrounded by rich wildlife and fynbos is De Hoop Village – three bedroom stylish chalets in the De Hoop portfolio.
The thatched Opstal Vlei Cottages are two-bedroomed cottages with fireplaces overlooking the wetland.
Campsite Rondawels at the Opstal:
The Campsite Rondawels at the Opstal are a comfortable and affordable accommodation option for couples or family holidays. Camping and caravan sites are also available.
This beach front house was State President FJ De Klerk’s “Camp David”. No neighbours, absolutely stunning accommodation for groups of friends.
Weddings at De Hoop
De Hoop offers a unique wedding venue in the heart of a beautiful Nature Reserve. Weddings can be held under our spectacular wild fig trees, which create a natural canopy, with fairy lights in the branches and a brown and ivory dance floor. De Hoop will arrange everything for your special wedding day from the hiring of tables and chairs, flowers, décor, lighting, music, delicious food.
We also have the stunning sandstone Melkkamer Stables which can seat 150 guests, all of whom can be accommodated in De Hoop. There are a number of options to choose from to create a unique and unforgettable weekend wedding celebration with family and friends.
De Hoop offers a wonderful venue for a ‘get away from it all’ conference in the heart of a beautiful Nature Reserve. We have the Cloete Room which can accommodate up to 100 delegates, with overhead projector and screen. We can accommodate all 100 delegates in comfortable accommodation mostly within walking distance of the conference room. Our rates include all meals, teas and coffees and snacks served during the conference.
Experience & Explore
Interpretative walks through the fynbos to the rock pools and guided bird walks are just some of the activities available, as well as whale watching and game viewing. The magnificent night skies lend themselves to star and constellation identification.
Four mountain bike trails traverse the reserve allowing one to experience the full biodiversity of De Hoop. The recently introduced walking trail needs to be booked in advance and covers a similar coastline to the well established ‘Whale Trail.’
Things to do
• Whale watching
• Guided eco quad biking trail
• Stargazing and identification
• Guided mountain bike trails
• Interpretive marine walks
• Guided bird and fynbos walks
• Pre-arranged picnics
• Cookery and cuisine classes
• Wine trails
• Beautiful beaches
Rich cultural heritage
De Hoop also has a rich cultural history dating back to the Stone Age. Hunter-gatherers who lived off the veld and coastal resources in the area thousands of years ago. The ‘middens’ of the nomadic Khoi tribes can still be found all long the De Hoop coast. The H-shaped homestead of the earliest registered owner, Pieter Lourens Cloete, still stands and forms part of The Opstal accommodation establishment.
The Trail Area
The De Hoop Vlei is 16km long and a highly productive ecosystem, and a Ramsar Wetland of international ecological importance where aquatic birds and other organisms breed and feed undisturbed. Many of the 260 bird species which occur at De Hoop can be seen here. The vlei boasts several pairs of African fish eagles. Their high-pitched call, the voice of Africa, contributes to the wild charm of the area. The area is a safe shelter for twelve waterfowl species during the dry summer months. As many as 13 species of migrant waders including curlew sandpipers, ruffs, little stints, whiskered and white winged terns visit the vlei in summer.
It is in the Overberg region near the southern tip of Africa and can be approached from either Bredasdorp or Swellendam. With some 40% of the global Southern Right Whale population coming to the bay each year to breed, the De Hoop Reserve is the perfect venue for whale watching. Situated just three hours’ drive from Cape Town on the world renowned Garden and Whale Routes - an ideal stop over en route from the Cape Winelands to Plettenberg Bay.
The Overberg area is characterised by quaint towns, a blossoming wine industry and delicious local dishes. The 36 000 hectares of De Hoop conservation area is a World Heritage Site comprising rich biodiversity and over 70 kilometers of pristine coastline.