De Hoop Nature Reserve, Bredasdorp

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Though it boasts one of the best hiking trails in the country, De Hoop Nature Reserve remains best known for its cycling, bird-watching, and whale spotting. This park is part of the Cape Floral Region Protected Areas, a World Heritage Site. Hikes ranging from just a few hours to several days allow you to spot some of the 86 mammal species that reside here. Put De Hoop Nature Reserve at the forefront of your travel plans using our Bredasdorp trip planner .
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  • We honestly did not expect much from the reservation but were so delighted that we will return safe. It is simply a paradise for nature lovers in its purest. From the plains of Fynbos with antelopes and ostriches to their white dunes
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  • We took a day trip to the national park. Admission was 50 rand and you can drive in. The way to get there is absolutely feasible with a "normal" car, you just have to allow some time. In the reserve itself you don't drive fast anyway, as there is a lot to see: Buntbocks, ostrich, birds and even dolphins on the coast. We parked in Koppie Allen and took a little hike on the beach-breathtaking views! The restaurant in De Hoop is good and recommended.
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  • A very nice hidden gem. Its about 3.5 hours away from Cape Town, and the last 70km is gravel. Its well worth a visit, if you stay in the area. The nature setting is spectacular, and they have a number of animals, with bontebok worth mentioning here. Also the bird life is prolific and wale sightings common, provided you go there in wale season. The have a decent restaurant too and offer a range of accommodation from camping to luxury chalets. There is also a beach where swimming is possible.
  • Action needs to take place. Hikers should consider to pick up litter which washes out from the sea. Absolutely beautiful reserve. Peaceful and untouched beauty.
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