Just three hours drive from Cape Town, the De Hoop Collection in the 36,000 hectare De Hoop Nature Reserve close to Arniston on the Whale Coast. It offers a range of accommodation from affordable self-catering cottages through to more luxurious self-contained chalets with a restaurant on hand as well as a fully catered lodge. De Hoop Collection makes the perfect venue for keen botanists, walkers or families. The endless beach, towering sand dunes, tidal rock pools and diverse fauna and flora provide a natural playground for kids to learn as they have outdoor fun in South Africa.
Activities at De Hoop Nature Reserve
Hikers have close-up encounters with bontebok, Cape mountain zebra, eland, red hartebeest, baboons and ostrich. Other activities (on offer at extra cost) include mountain biking, eco quad biking, guided bird walks, interpretative marine walks and various spa treatments. Lazing on the beach and snorkelling (equipment not supplied) in the many turquoise rock pools are other ways to pass a rewarding day.
Accommodation within the De Hoop Collection
There’s a large choice of accommodation on offer at De Hoop, both on a DBB basis and self-catering basis (though there is a restaurant available serving all meals).
The Opstal Manor House is a beautiful original three-bedroom home which has been restored to its former glory. This has three en suite bedrooms in the main building and two stable suites and is offered on a DBB basis and can be rented out individually or all three rooms within the Manor House can be booked for exclusive use.
De Hoop Village at the Opstal area are several two and three-bedroom cottages (sleeping either 4 or 6 people). These are whitewash-walled fisherman-style houses characteristic of the Western Cape Coast. Ideal for a family and friend’s getaway, the two or three bedroom cottages are well appointed. The cotages have all been stylishly renovated and are close to the Fig Tree restaurant, deli, shop, swimming pool and tennis court. It is a short drive, hike or cycle to many of the interesting locations in the reserve.
The Opstal Vlei Cottages are 2-bedroomed cottages overlooking the wetland. Each has one double bedroom, one twin bedroom and one bunk room sharing one bathroom. Each cottage also has a living area with well-equipped kitchen and cosy fireplace.
If you are seeking total seclusion and don’t mind catering for yourself, the other option is Koppie Alleen, a four bedroom house overlooking the dunes and sea, a perfect position for whale-watching. This white washed thatch house with two bathrooms has a large kitchen/dining room and lounge area and is equipped with a modern stove as well as outdoor braai area.