De Hoop Nature Reserve

Spanning the entire length of the De Hoop coast, this nature reserve protects 86 mammal species, 250 fish species, 260 bird species, and approximately 120 whales that return each year to calve and mate.

Snorkel the clear rock pools to see the inter-tidal world or head to the high dunes at Koppie Alleen to see whales breaching the waters, calving and mating between June and November.

We recommend hiking the Whale Trail, a 35-mile overnight trail where you can experience the spectacular nature of the reserve, see zebras, yellow mongoose, and leopards, as well as watch whales offshore during whale season.