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de_hoop The De Hoop Nature Reserve is a World Heritage Site on the Southern Coast, and 260km from Cape Town and may be approached from Bredasdorp or Swellendam.

It has 60 000 ha of endangered coastal fynbos. As well as supporting a huge variety of plants within its boundary, it is home to Africa's largest bontebok population and the endangered Cape mountain zebra.



Bontebok-National-ParkPopular activities include: game viewing, angling, hiking, cycling and bird watching. The reserve, which extends to the coast, is ideal for seasonal whale watching. The best place to watch migrating whales is at "Koppie Alleen".

De Hoop is a rich and diverse landscape of fynbos, wetland, sand dunes, and marine reserve , located along the coastline south of Swellendam. The De Hoop Vlei provides sanctuary to many species of aquatic birds and is temporary home to scores of migratory birds.

A well-maintained gravel road leads to the beach, which is a wonderful place to spend the day exploring the fascinating creatures of the tidal pools or lazing back in the sand dunes, where one can watch the southern right whales in springtime.

There is a circular game drive through the interior of the reserve, where ostrich can be seen dancing through the bush, along with zebra, bontebok, and a troop baboon. There is also a lovely picnic site beside the vlei, set amongst the limestone cliffs, where thousands of bats ""hang around"" during the day. Visitors are also welcome to explore the reserve by foot or by mountain bike.

The Potberg Environmental Education Centre located in the eastern section of the reserve provides self-guided environmental programmes for schools and research institutions. The Postberg mountains are home to a breeding colony of Cape vultures, which can best be viewed by taking a hike along the 8 km Potberg Trail.

The De Hoop Marine Protected Area covers nearly 50 km of pristine coastline and can be explored by the very popular whale trail.

- rock pools
- whale trail
- mountain biking
- bird watching
- game viewing
- rock pools

Birdlife: Cape vulture, ostrich, numerous waterfowl
Mammals: Cape mountain zebra, baboon, bontebok, eland, grey rhebuck, bats
Marine Life: southern right whale, dolphins, seals, invertebrates