Garden Route Accommodation


Jacques Marais is an amazing photographer  who shoots for some pretty high profile magazines and companies. He recently visited De Hoop and took these truly wonderful images of a place which possesses such natural beauty that all our guests who return from the reserve after a day trip declare it to be a deeply satisfying, spiritual even, experience.

Only three hours from Cape Town lies a special nature reserve situated in the Overberg region, near the southern tip of Africa. De Hoop Nature Reserve is approximately 34 000 ha in size and one of the largest natural areas managed by CapeNature. It is a favourite destination for hikers, cyclists, bird watchers and during the winter and early summer months, whale watchers. The adjacent De Hoop Marine Protected Area, which extends three nautical miles (5 km) out to sea, is one of the largest marine protected areas in Africa and provides a sanctuary for a vast and fascinating array of marine life. De Hoop Nature Reserve is situated south of Swellendam, approximately 260 km from Cape Town. The reserve may be approached from Swellendam with the last 50 km of the route, along gravel roads.