De Hoop Nature Reserve


The Whale Trail
The Whale Trail spans over 55 kilometres from Potberg to Koppie Alleen with five overnight stops. Its comparison with the Otter Trail stops at its popularity and the cliff-top walk to Hamerkop, for the rest of its setting is totally different. The Whale Trail combines both mountain and coastal walking.

De Hoop Nature Reserve
The De Hoop Nature Reserve is approximately 34 000 ha in size and one of the largest natural areas managed by Cape Nature Conservation. It is a favourite destination for hikers, cyclists, bird watchers and during the winter and early summer months, whale watchers.

De Hoop Marine Protected Area
De Hoop Marine Protected Area is the only area to protect an especially beautiful intertidal system of soft sandstone and limestone platforms. The African black oystercatcher breeds in this inter-tidal zone, largely undisturbed, whilst the rock pools that rest in amongst these platforms are important breeding grounds for reef fish and a huge variety of invertebrates like starfish, sea cucumbers, mussels and urchins.

De Hoop Coastal Trail
The De Hoop Coastal Trail is best done at low tide when the coastal limestone platforms are exposed. A number of rock pools are ideal for exploring, swimming and snorkeling. The trail can be walked in either direction along the shore from the boardwalk at Koppie Alleen. Turn right for the beach and left to explore the rock pools and limestone cliffs.

De Hoop Vlei Trail
The De Hoop Vlei Trail is a circular route starting near the reserve office. The 15 km walk is well sign posted and can be cut shorter by using two jeep tracks. A large number and variety of resident and migratory bird species can be seen around the vlei.


De Hoop Klipspringer Trail
The De Hoop Klipspringer Trail leads through the Potberg Mountains in the northeastern section of De Hoop Nature Reserve. Along with wonderful views of the Breede River Valley and pretty mountain fynbos, the route offers an unusual experience, a Cape vulture colony. With 25 breeding pairs, this is the only breeding colony in the Western Cape.

Vlei & Veldt Trail
The Vlei & Veldt Trail is a self-guided day trail with a shorter route option. The route lies in De Hoop Nature Reserve that protects a diversity of 1500 plant species, many of them rare endemic species. The circular route is a day walk, most of it on a constructed foot path. Whilst it is a self-guided route, you can opt for a registered guide if it suits you.

De Hoop Nature Reserve MTB Trail
This is an overnight trail that starts at the Potberg Environmental Centre at the De Hoop Nature Reserve. You will stay overnight at the Cupidoskraal Camp and all your belongings will be taken there for you from the starting point. Expect dunes, rocky terrain, sandy climbs that are rather taxing on the thighs and exceptional views. This is definitely a route to take your camera on.

Guided Bird Walk
A wonderful walking experience with a qualified field guide focused on the identification and behaviour of the abundant birdlife found in De Hoop Nature Reserve. The length of the walk depends on the fitness levels of participants and can last from 1 - 3 hours