Few other reserves offer as complete an outdoor experience as De Hoop – sea, sand dunes, the vlei, a floral sensation of rare fynbos plants, diverse antelope and the Potberg Mountains. Birders observe wading birds on the shores of the vlei while the Potberg Mountains are home to a colony of endangered Cape vultures. Hikers and cyclists have close-up encounters with bontebok, Cape mountain zebra, eland, baboons and ostriches. Activities are diverse and guests can choose between various day walks through the rich fynbos plains or along the deserted coastline, or mountain biking along the many gravel roads or scenic game drives. Lazing on the beach and snorkeling in the many turquoise rock pools is simply another way to pass a rewarding day. Day visitors welcome, and restaurant open daily.
The Opstal area is a central base from which to explore the reserve. The Fig Tree Restaurant can be found here and is open all day, every day and serves delicious meals prepared using locally sourced produce. There is a spa tennis court, swimming pools and a boules courtyard.
The Opstal Cloete Cottage is situated between the Fig Tree and Cloete Suites. It is a lovely private suite decorated in luxury and is only a short walk from the Fig Tree Restaurant. This suite sleeps 2 people and has one bedroom with en-suite bathroom (shower & bath). The accommodation is catered for as it has no cooking facilities. Dinner and breakfast is included and served in The Fig Tree Restaurant.
The Cloete Suites are situated in the Opstal area within close proximity to the Fig Tree Restaurant. Two of the suites (1 & 2) have a view of the grasslands where bontebok, eland and mountain zebra amongst others can be seen grazing, while Cloete Suites 3 & 4 have a spectacular view of the old majestic fig trees in the courtyard. Each suite is beautifully decorated and has a seating area and an en-suite bathroom with bath and shower. Cloete Suite 1 has a lovely fireplace for those chilly winter nights. Meals are included on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis.
The Dassie Suite has a fabulous view of the vlei. This Suite is perfectly positioned to view the birdlife and majestic sunsets from your veranda. Wake up to the sound of the birds from the Vlei and the chance of Otter sightings from your room.
The Dassie suite consist of luxury accommodation which sleeps 2 people with en suite bathroom. The suite includes a sitting area and cosy fireplace for winter. Meals are included on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis.
Fig Tree Suite
The Figtree Suite is set in the courtyard with its magnificent Wild Fig Trees, a short walk to The Fig Tree Restaurant. It is an upmarket suite with en-suite bathroom and seating area and sleeps 2 guests. Meals are included on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis.
The 3 Otter Suites are positioned close to the serene De Hoop Vlei. Wake up to the sound of the birds and the chance of Otter sightings near your room. The suites consist of well-appointed accommodation which sleep 2 people with en-suite bathroom. Meals are included on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis. Set amongst a dazzling array of wildlife and fynbos, this suite is perfect for discerning guests. Otter Suite 1 has a view of the vlei.
Set in the courtyard with its magnificent Fig Trees, this suite is perfect for discerning guests. The Opstal Stable Suite sleeps 2 people with one bedroom and en-suite bathroom. It is the smallest of all the suites and includes dinner and breakfast which is served in The Fig Tree Restaurant.
The Opstal Vlei Suite has a fantastic view of the vlei. This vlei-facing luxury bedroom sleeps 2 people in one bedroom with an en suite bathroom and has a lovely seating area. Meals are included on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis.