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De Hoop Nature Reserve

On the coast of the Western Cape Province not far from Bredasdorp and Swellendam is the beautiful De Hoop Nature Reserve. An area of ​​nearly 34 000 hectares of land and sea are protected in order to conserve this area for future generations. If you leave the N2, it is the last stretch of about 50 km on dirt roads which is passable.

It is a wonderful holiday destination where there are sand dunes, nature, animals and tranquillity which complement each other beautifully. The houses that you find here are on the outside of transient times, the architecture and the simplicity fit so well in this area, you imagine yourself in the past and escaping is no longer difficult. This area is the favourite place of many who love hiking, bird watching, cycling and in the South African winter and spring you come to spot the whales. Snorkelling in the clear rock pools that arise when the tide is in, which is beautiful and lovely during the hot days. Fishing is not allowed here in order not to disturb the biosphere.

Visit De Hope Nature Reserve to enjoy the scenery and find a vantage point to see the whales in the winter season, jumping out of the water. It is estimated that a hundred whales come here every year to calve and mate. Warm summers and mild winters make this climate typically Mediterranean and August is the month when there is the most rain. The southeast summer wind provides cooling off and the sea in the morning makes the day enjoyable here. The drought is the reason why the vegetation here for the most part consists of Fynbos. De Hoop Nature Reserve is part of the Cape Floral Kingdom in this way, and makes sure that threatened plants will survive. 34 of the endangered plant species from the group of 108 you will find nowhere else than in the De Hoop Nature Reserve.

In addition to plants you can also expect wildlife here. The Cape zebra, eland, and bontebok feel very much at home here. But buck, baboons, the mongoose, caracal and a few leopards consider this area as their territory. Hikers and cyclists can come face to face with zebras and goats, a unique experience. And you can also see seals and dolphins in the ocean next to the whales, but also more than 250 species of fish are in the waters of the De Hoop Nature Reserve. In addition, this area is a paradise for birds. The De Hoop Valley attracts many water birds and is very special as it is the only breeding ground for the Cape Vulture. Because the tides alternate here, there are special shellfish which live here and other small sea creatures.

Famous walking routes are: De Hoop Coastal Trail, De Hoop Klipspringer Trail and the De Hoop Valley Trail. The Fig Tree restaurant is a great place to eat tasty food after or during a day in nature.

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