De Hoop Nature Reserve
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Seven whale species have been recorded in the waters off the De Hoop Nature Reserve.
De Hoop Nature Reserve in the Western Cape province is most famous for its incredible whale watching, but offers much more to do and see for the whole family.
The reserve is situated in the Overberg region about three hours drive from Cape Town and covers approximately 34 000 hectares, with its entire length classified as a marine protected area.
Beautiful hiking trails of varying lengths, through fynbos and along this Western Cape nature reserve's beaches, offer a fascinating view of its rich animal life.
Its sunny weather, huge sand dunes and tidal rock pools offer fun for the family, but its greatest attraction remains the offshore breeding grounds of the Southern right whale . These, however, are not the only whales that make their way past this nature reserve on the Western Cape's southern coast: rare humpback and Bryde's whales have also been spotted along with dolphins, porpoises and seals.
Visitors are not allowed to fish or remove organisms from the protected area, but they can experience its rich marine life by snorkeling in gorgeous rock pools and viewing some of the 250 species of fish found here. The reserve is also very popular among cyclists for its many trails and bird watchers for its 260 species of birds, among them rare Cape vultures.
The life on land is just as diverse with 86 species of mammal on the reserve, including baboon, grey rhebuck, leopard, caracal, Cape zebra, yellow mongoose and rare bontebok. De Hoop Nature Reserve also protects the world's smallest and most threatened plant life - the Cape Floral Kingdom's fynbos.
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Who to contact
The De Hoop Collection
Tel : +27 (0) 21 422 4522