Attractions IN De Hoop

Marine Protected Areas

De Hoop Marine Protected Area

De Hoop Marine Protected Area (MPA) lies adjacent to the De Hoop Nature Reserve on the Cape Overberg coastline, protecting 253 km˛ between Stillbaai Point and Ryspunt, and extending three nautical miles offshore. Marine protected areas ...

Nature Reserves

De Hoop Nature Reserve

The De Hoop Nature Reserve is approximately 34 000 ha in size and one of the largest natural areas managed by Cape Nature Conservation. It is a favourite destination for hikers, cyclists, bird watchers and during the winter and early summer months, whale ...

Popular Tourist Routes / Activities

The Whale Trail

The Whale Trail is not a new trail, having been around since about 2002, but it has become extremely popular. Nonetheless, the five-day Whale Hiking trail must be one of South Africa’s greatest selling points. It is truly a unique experience, perhaps ...

Attractions AROUND De Hoop

Nature Reserves

Waenhuiskrans Nature Reserve

Formerly known as Waenhuiskrans until a ship by the name of Arniston was wrecked here, the village is a much sought after holiday residence because of its sea views and stands on a hill overlooking the harbour, approximately 190 kilometres from Cape Town ...

Activities

Whale Watching in St Sebastian Bay

St Sebastian Bay, and the waters off De Hoop Nature Reserve, are known as the whale nursery of southern Africa there is such a high concentration of southern right whales during their annual winter migration. The bay is relatively solitary, with little ...

Activities

Whale Watching in Walker Bay

Walker Bay – heart of the whale coast. The waters between Hermanus and Pearly Beach attract hundreds of whales annually to the shallow waters of this coastline, also known as the whale coast. Daily sightings of these giant beasts of the sea, certainly in ...

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Landmarks / National Parks / Nature Reserves

Agulhas National Park

Lying in what is known as the Agulhas Plain at the southernmost tip of Africa is the Agulhas National Park, just 45 kilometres from the popular village of Gansbaai. This might be the meeting place of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, but the Agulhas ...

Golf Courses

Arabella Golf Club

Set in the Majestic Kogelberg mountain range and bordered by the Bot Rivier Lagoon is the Arabella Golf Course with its tricky bunkers, immaculate Kikuyu fairways and inventive water hazards it is of little wonder that the course has consistently been ...

Entertainment / Miscellaneous / Popular Tourist Routes

Baardskeerdersbos Art Route

The artist's village of Baardskeerdersbos, more commonly known to locals simply as Bbos, lies on a dirt road somewhere between Stanford and Wolvengat. Most commonly it is accessed via the road that takes you past Grootbos Nature Reserve and Platbos ...

Marine Protected Areas

Betty's Bay Marine Protected Area

Betty's Bay MPA lies adjacent to the popular seaside town of Betty's Bay and the Kogelberg Nature Reserve, both managed by CapeNature. It protects a diverse number of habitats – from rocky shores and exposed sandy beaches, to subtidal ...

Nature Reserves

Boosmansbos Wilderness Area

Boosmansbos Wilderness Area lies in the beautiful Langeberg Mountains, over 14 000 hectares that is, in turn, part of the Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve. It is regarded as a hiker's domain, a great space in which to scale peaks to reach views that are ...

Birdlife or Wildlife Sanctuaries

Caledon Blue Crane Route

The Caledon farmers grouped together to protect the Blue Crane bird and increase tourism in the area, establishing the Caledon Blue Crane Route, which allows visitors to see the blue crane in its natural environment, and encouraging the blue crane onto ...

Natural Wonders

Cape Whale Coast

The coming of the whales to the Cape Overberg coastline, also known as the Cape Whale Coast, every year between June and November, not only creates a stir, but brings to our shores a large, intelligent and remarkable giant of the sea and the only mammal ...

Nature Reserves

De Mond Nature Reserve

As its name suggests De Mond Nature Reserve lies at a river mouth – the Heuningnes River - in the curve of a natural bay, almost halfway between the coastal towns of Arniston and Struis Bay. The De Mond estuary has remained relatively undisturbed and ...

Museums

Drostdy Museum

The Drostdy Museum is actually a collection of several historical buildings that include one of the oldest surviving examples of a Drostdy building in South Africa, hence the name of the museum. It is not only a beautiful museum that includes large ...

Nature Reserves

Dyer Island Nature Reserve

Most people have heard of Dyer Island. Shark Alley, the strip of sea between Dyer Island and Geyser Rock, off the coast of Gansbaai and Pearly Beach in the Overberg, is famous for shark cage diving, and one of the biggest tourist attractions of the ...

De Hoop as a destination

Also in the neighbourhood

Baardskeerdersbos, Barrydale, Bettys Bay, Botrivier, Buffeljagsrivier, Caledon, Cape Agulhas, De Kelders, Elgin, Fisherhaven, Franskraal, Gansbaai, Grabouw, Greyton, Heidelberg, Hermanus, Kleinbaai, Kleinmond, Malgas, Onrus, Pearly Beach, Pringle Bay, Riviersonderend, Rooi Els, Sandbaai, Stanford, Suiderstrand, Suurbraak, Swellendam, Vermaaklikheid, Vermont, Villiersdorp, Witsand

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