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The '''De Hoop Nature Reserve''' [http://www.capenature.org.za/nature_reserves/html/dehoop.html] is located in the [[Western Cape|Western Cape Province]] in [[South Africa]].
 
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The '''De Hoop Nature Reserve''' is located in the [[Western Cape|Western Cape Province]] in [[South Africa]].
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[[image:RSA_Tortoise_Sign.jpg|thumb|180px|Be aware of tortoises when driving! By [[user:Fluglotse2000|Fluglotse2000]].]]
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==Get in==
 
==Get in==
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[[image:RSA_Tortoise_Sign.jpg|thumb|Be aware of tortoises when driving!]]
  
You can get in only by car. The best road to take is the one from [[Swellendam]]. Note that there are only gravel roads from [[Swellendam]] to the De Hoop, so you will not be able to drive at very high speeds.
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You can get in only by car or 4x4 if wet. The best road to take is the one from [[Swellendam]]. Note that there are only gravel roads from [[Swellendam]] to the De Hoop, so you will not be able to drive at very high speeds.
  
 
==Get around==
 
==Get around==
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==See==
 
==See==
De Hoop is one of the less-known Nature Reserves and not very crowded. Although relatively small, you can come close to a number of rare animals. Near the camp are normally big herds of Bontebok (which can also be seen at nearby [[Bontebok National Park]]). These white and brown antelopes are only known in the [[Cape Region]]. There are also ostriches and elands and other antelopes, baboons and a vast number of birds (be sure to bring a book about the local birds to identify them). Some smaller mammals and reptiles, tortoises and snakes and occasional leopards can be seen.
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[[image:RSA_Rock_Dassie.jpg|thumb|Rock Dassies live on rocks and cliffs.]]
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De Hoop is one of the less-known Nature Reserves and not very crowded. Although relatively small, you can come close to a number of rare animals. Near the camp are normally big herds of Bontebok (which can also be seen at nearby [[Bontebok National Park]]). These white and brown antelopes are only known in the Cape Region, as are a number of cape mountain zebras, which roam the area. There are also ostriches and elands and other antelopes, baboons and a vast number of birds (be sure to bring a book about the local birds to identify them). Some smaller mammals and reptiles, tortoises and snakes and occasional leopards can be seen.
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The main attraction however are the whales. The Southern Right Whales have to pass here during the whale season for their breeding grounds. Ten or more wales can sometimes be seen at a time from the beach.
 
The main attraction however are the whales. The Southern Right Whales have to pass here during the whale season for their breeding grounds. Ten or more wales can sometimes be seen at a time from the beach.
  
[[image:RSA_Rock_Dassie.jpg|thumb|180px|Rock Dassies live on rocks and cliffs. By [[user:Fluglotse2000|Fluglotse2000]].]]
 
 
De Hoop is also home to approximately 1500 species of plant life. 108 of these are threatened and ''34 only occur in De Hoop''. 14 species were recently discovered (!) and are still undescibed.
 
De Hoop is also home to approximately 1500 species of plant life. 108 of these are threatened and ''34 only occur in De Hoop''. 14 species were recently discovered (!) and are still undescibed.
  
 
==Do==
 
==Do==
 
You can drive around in your car, looking for some of the antelopes. This is however not very interesting, as most animals will be near the camp.
 
You can drive around in your car, looking for some of the antelopes. This is however not very interesting, as most animals will be near the camp.
The better option is to go hiking. There are some wonderful hiking trails starting at the camp. The trail along the dam is very recommendable.
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The better option is to go hiking. There are some wonderful hiking trails starting at the camp. The trail along the dam is highly recommended.
Even more beautiful are the trails at the beach. Drive towards the beach (Lekkerwater residents are alreays located there) and leave you car at the bus stop, next to the tiolets and information point. From here, either go left along the beach. There are some steep dunes, but all in all this trail is quite easy. Whales and water birds can be seen best from the top of the dunes and cliffs.
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Even more beautiful are the trails at the beach. Drive towards the beach (Lekkerwater residents are already located there) and leave you car at the bus stop, next to the toilets and information point. From here, either go left along the beach. There are some steep dunes, but all in all this trail is quite easy. Whales and water birds can be seen best from the top of the dunes and cliffs.
  
 
==What to bring==
 
==What to bring==
[[image:RSA_De_Hoop.jpg|thumb|180px|Bring a camera to take photos of the coastline! By [[user:Fluglotse2000|Fluglotse2000]].]]
 
 
You should buy a book about local wild and plant life before you arrive. Important is also that you bring enough food and water (see below), esepcially when staying overnight. Some warm clothes should comfort you in colder nights or when the wind blows. Binoculars and a camera are some of the most important things, if you want to show pictures of this beautiful place to friends and family at home.
 
You should buy a book about local wild and plant life before you arrive. Important is also that you bring enough food and water (see below), esepcially when staying overnight. Some warm clothes should comfort you in colder nights or when the wind blows. Binoculars and a camera are some of the most important things, if you want to show pictures of this beautiful place to friends and family at home.
  
 
==Eat & Drink==
 
==Eat & Drink==
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[[image:RSA_De_Hoop.jpg|thumb|Bring a camera to take photos of the coastline!]]
 
There is no shop in De Hoop itself. So be sure to bring something to eat, especially when staying overnight. The shops in [[Swellendam]] will offer you everything you will need.  
 
There is no shop in De Hoop itself. So be sure to bring something to eat, especially when staying overnight. The shops in [[Swellendam]] will offer you everything you will need.  
  
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==Sleep==
 
==Sleep==
There is a camp in De Hoop. You can book accommodation in different chalets and bungalows. There are eleven self-catering cottages (the Eagle Cottages are very nice), some of which are equipped with bedding and utensils. There are also seven campsites and each can accommodate up to six people in tents or caravans.
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There is a camp in De Hoop called the Opstal. You can book accommodation in different chalets and bungalows. There are twenty eight self-catering cottages and houses, all of which are fully equiped. There are also seven campsites and each can accommodate up to six people in tents or caravans.
  
Near the beach is an old lighthouse, called Lekkerwater, which is highly recommendable for groups.
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Near the beach are two houses, called Koppie Alleen and Lekkerwater, which is great for groups.
  
 
No matter if you booked in advance or not, make sure to be at the camp by '''16h00''' or only shortly later!
 
No matter if you booked in advance or not, make sure to be at the camp by '''16h00''' or only shortly later!
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Reservations can be made at res@dehoopcollection.co.za or view the website at www.dehoopcollection.co.za
  
 
==Get out==
 
==Get out==
Go to [[Bredasdorp]] and visit the famous Kandela Candle factory and shop. The candles are have very nice African motives and are sold allover the world.
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Go to [[Bredasdorp]] and visit the famous Kapula Candle factory and shop [http://www.kapula.com]. The candles are have very nice African motives and are sold allover the world.
 
Further on is the [[Cape Agulhas]], the most southern tip of Africa!
 
Further on is the [[Cape Agulhas]], the most southern tip of Africa!
From De Hoop it will take you up to an hour, because of the gravel roads. However, it is a beautiful drive, along the fields and ostrich farms.
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From De Hoop it will take you up to an hour, because of the gravel roads. However, it is a beautiful drive, along the fields and ostrich farms. If you like gravel road, you can continue past the moravion mission village of Elim and rural Baardskeerdersbos to [[Gansbaai]] on Danger Point Peninsula.
  
==External links==
 
[http://www.capenature.org.za/nature_reserves/html/dehoop.html Cape Nature Conservation] - More info and reservation service
 
  
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Latest revision as of 17:31, 9 December 2012

The De Hoop Nature Reserve [1] is located in the Western Cape Province in South Africa.


Get in[edit]

Be aware of tortoises when driving!

You can get in only by car or 4x4 if wet. The best road to take is the one from Swellendam. Note that there are only gravel roads from Swellendam to the De Hoop, so you will not be able to drive at very high speeds.

Get around[edit]

By car or by foot.

See[edit][add listing]

Rock Dassies live on rocks and cliffs.

De Hoop is one of the less-known Nature Reserves and not very crowded. Although relatively small, you can come close to a number of rare animals. Near the camp are normally big herds of Bontebok (which can also be seen at nearby Bontebok National Park). These white and brown antelopes are only known in the Cape Region, as are a number of cape mountain zebras, which roam the area. There are also ostriches and elands and other antelopes, baboons and a vast number of birds (be sure to bring a book about the local birds to identify them). Some smaller mammals and reptiles, tortoises and snakes and occasional leopards can be seen.

The main attraction however are the whales. The Southern Right Whales have to pass here during the whale season for their breeding grounds. Ten or more wales can sometimes be seen at a time from the beach.

De Hoop is also home to approximately 1500 species of plant life. 108 of these are threatened and 34 only occur in De Hoop. 14 species were recently discovered (!) and are still undescibed.

Do[edit][add listing]

You can drive around in your car, looking for some of the antelopes. This is however not very interesting, as most animals will be near the camp. The better option is to go hiking. There are some wonderful hiking trails starting at the camp. The trail along the dam is highly recommended. Even more beautiful are the trails at the beach. Drive towards the beach (Lekkerwater residents are already located there) and leave you car at the bus stop, next to the toilets and information point. From here, either go left along the beach. There are some steep dunes, but all in all this trail is quite easy. Whales and water birds can be seen best from the top of the dunes and cliffs.

What to bring[edit]

You should buy a book about local wild and plant life before you arrive. Important is also that you bring enough food and water (see below), esepcially when staying overnight. Some warm clothes should comfort you in colder nights or when the wind blows. Binoculars and a camera are some of the most important things, if you want to show pictures of this beautiful place to friends and family at home.

Eat & Drink[edit]

Bring a camera to take photos of the coastline!

There is no shop in De Hoop itself. So be sure to bring something to eat, especially when staying overnight. The shops in Swellendam will offer you everything you will need.

There is also an outpost near the camp, which caters for some basic needs. Please note that it is closed most of the time.

When leaving the De Hoop Gate, turn left immediatly and follow the road for a minute or two. You will end up at a private camp, which also has a restaurant (very good food). If, you want to go there in the evening, tell the staff at the reception, so they can arrange that someone lets you in, once the gates are closed (normally at dusk).

Sleep[edit][add listing]

There is a camp in De Hoop called the Opstal. You can book accommodation in different chalets and bungalows. There are twenty eight self-catering cottages and houses, all of which are fully equiped. There are also seven campsites and each can accommodate up to six people in tents or caravans.

Near the beach are two houses, called Koppie Alleen and Lekkerwater, which is great for groups.

No matter if you booked in advance or not, make sure to be at the camp by 16h00 or only shortly later!

Reservations can be made at res@dehoopcollection.co.za or view the website at www.dehoopcollection.co.za

Get out[edit]

Go to Bredasdorp and visit the famous Kapula Candle factory and shop [2]. The candles are have very nice African motives and are sold allover the world. Further on is the Cape Agulhas, the most southern tip of Africa! From De Hoop it will take you up to an hour, because of the gravel roads. However, it is a beautiful drive, along the fields and ostrich farms. If you like gravel road, you can continue past the moravion mission village of Elim and rural Baardskeerdersbos to Gansbaai on Danger Point Peninsula.


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