De Hoop Nature Reserve Whale Trail, De Hoop Nature Reserve

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Though it boasts one of the best hiking trails in the country, De Hoop Nature Reserve Whale Trail 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 Whale Trail at the forefront of your travel plans using our De Hoop Nature Reserve trip planner.
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  • We went not knowing what to expect. A long drive on gravel roads. Our own real nature reserve without the big 5. Saw so many relaxed buck and baboons as no threat to them. Cape Vulture conservation...  more »
  • We enjoyed our two night stay at this scenic reserve seeing lots of mammals and birds but unfortunately no whales - we must come a bit earlier next time! The marine walk was worthwhile and very...  more »
  • 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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