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is located in 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.
Opstal Houses are 200m southwest of the old farm and comprise three modern 3-bedroom houses, rather less characterful than some of the other properties on the estate, but secluded and well equipped. They are primarily intended for self-catering, but meals can also be taken in the main restaurant and it may be possible to have them delivered to the suite.
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.