In the 'hood, De Hoop as a destination

The De Hoop Nature Reserve and adjacent marine reserve lie on the southern Cape coast between the towns of Arniston and Witsand, just 50 km east of Bredasdorp. This is one of the most biologically diverse sanctuaries in the world and rates as one of the great floral wonderlands of Southern Africa, laying claim to the top whale mating and calving ground for the southern right whale just off its ... cont.

De Hoop Nature Reserve, Bredasdorp, Cape Overberg, Western Cape, South Africa

Directions to De Hoop Village

From Cape Town (scenic route approximately 3.5 - 4 hours):
Take N2 to Caledon. From Caledon drive on the R316 through Napier to Bredasdorp. From Bredasdorp turn left at the Engen Garage and take the R319 to Swellendam out of town for about 6kms and then turn right - sign posted De Hoop / Malgas / Infanta. Travel on the gravel road for 33kms until you see a sign to the right - Buchu Bushcamp / De Hoop. It is 7km from this turn off to the Main Gate of the Park and a further 8km to the office.

From Swellendam
Drive on N2 for 13km in the direction of Cape Town, turn left onto gravel road, signed Spitskop. Continue on this road for about 45km until you reach a T-junction. Turn left at the T-junction signed Malgas / Infanta and travel approximately 2km before you turn right onto the De Hoop Pad signed Buchu Bushcamp / De Hoop. It is 7km from this turn off to the Main Gate of the Park and a further 8km to the office.

Please note that the reserve gates close at 18h00. Should you be arriving after 18h00 please call the Reserve and make arrangements for late arrival - the will be a late gate fee charge.

Amenities in the area

  • Bank and/or ATM (50 km)
  • Dry Cleaner (50 km)
  • Foreign Exchange (50 km)
  • Grocery Store (50 km)
  • Laundromat (50 km)
  • Post Office (50 km)
  • Restaurants / Eateries (50 km)
  • Shopping Mall (50 km)
  • Car Hire (120 km)
  • Airport (250 km)


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  • Caving
  • Cycling paths
  • Hiking trails
  • Mountain bike trails
  • Quad biking
  • Swimming
  • Tennis court(s)
  • Whale watching
  • Wine tasting

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