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Melkkamer Forman's Cottage


... is located near the De Hoop Nature Reserve in the Whale Coast area of the Western Cape in South Africa.

De Hoop is a wonderful 340 square kilometre coastal reserve, lying some 250km east of Cape Town, is the wilderness highlight of this part of the coast. It is comprised mainly of rare fynbos vegetation, with its myriad of 1500 rare and endemic plant species. There are also 86 mammal species including bonteboks and cape mountain zebras, plus 260 bird species. It is also the most aesthetically pleasing location from which to view whales from the shore July to October, although from a greater distance than other locations.

At the heart of the reserve is an old farmstead known as De Opstal, situated some 7km inland from the coast and overlooking a large lagoon. There are lots of accommodation options here, with cottages of various specifications, plus camp grounds. Other facilities include a restaurant, bar, shop, pool and tennis court.

Melkkamer Foreman's Cottage is situated a short boat ride across the lake from the main Opstal area, but quite a long drive away. It is a lovely little cottage containing three bedrooms and self-catering facilities. This Melkammer side does feel much more remote. With no direct road connection and no electricity over here, it is definitely a much less busy and more remote experience, for better or for worse.

Activities on the De Hoop Nature Reserve include gentle vehicle safari, sand-boarding, cave tours, snorkelling, mountain-biking, quad-biking, coastal hiking and whale-watching (generally from Jun/Nov) At De Opstal there is the main restaurant, a tennis court, two swimming pools, a gym and a small spa.
Seasonal Lodge Rating
Jan 8.0
Feb 8.0
Mar 7.5
Apr 7.0
May 6.5
Jun 6.5
Jul 7.0
Aug 7.0
Sep 7.5
Oct 8.0
Nov 8.0
Dec 8.0
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