Sometimes an abundance of wildlife is the only thing you need to truly feel like you are on vacation. If this rings true for you, then De Hoop’s Nature Reserve should definitely be your next destination.
Being a favorite among outdoor lovers, De Hoop Nature Reserve is 34 000 hectares large and has one of the best hiking trails in South Africa. The Whale Trail has amazing scenery coupled with coastal and mountain walking. Located next to De Hoop is a 5km protected marine reserve with a variety of marine life, including whales that can be spotted along The Whale Trail.
With the abundance of wildlife in De Hoop, some animals to look forward to seeing are eland, grey rhebok, cape mountain zebra, bontebok, baboon, leopard, yellow mongoose and caracal. All these can be spotted while mountain biking, cycling, or simply while enjoying a lovely afternoon picnic, coupled with some bird watching.
If you are looking for a balance of wildlife and marine life, consider staying at the economically designed Ocean House! It’s here that you’ll get a bird’s eye view of the continent’s greatest whale nursery! Click here for more information.