I couldn’t believe my eyes, I had won accommodation at De Hoop Nature Reserve for a family of 4. How did I win it? I regularly participate in a weekly Twitter #TravelChatSA which is hosted by Travel Opulent every Wednesday evening at 7 pm.
It took me two months to lock down my dates – I had to ensure that I was in Cape Town at the time and then I began to count down the days until I could finally experience the beautiful De Hoop Nature Reserve.
I decided to treat my mom and asked her to join myself and my two boys to enjoy this amazing experience. We left Cape Town early on a Tuesday morning and took a leisurely drive on the N2. After numerous stops to photograph the Canola Fields and a lunch break at the Napier Farm Stall, we arrived at De Hoop Nature Reserve.
Upon arrival, we spotted bokkies, ostriches, baboons and a variety of birds. We soon realized that we had found paradise.
We were quickly checked in by friendly staff and we went directly to our chalet where we unpacked and began planning our 2-day stay. As it was close to sunset, we decided to take a walk around and then spent our first night relaxing in our chalet.
The next day, after breakfast, we headed to Koppie Alleen to see if we could spot some whales. We were not disappointed, as there were so many swimming in the ocean. We spent some time enjoying the whales, collecting sea shells while the kids climbed the rocks and put their toes in the ocean. As I have a ton of photos, I will be doing a separate post for Koppie Alleen.
That night we had an amazing 3-course meal at The Fig Resturant. If you ever stay at De Hoop, then I highly recommend having a meal at the restaurant. The restaurant is very family friendly as they had a special children’s menu for that night.
On our final morning, after breakfast, we packed up the car and said goodbye. We were going to drive to Cape L’Agalhus to go and see the southern most tip of Africa.
Here are a few of my favourite photos as you can see I was slightly obsessed with the trees!
De Hoop Nature Reserve
The De Hoop Collection is located in the De Hoop Nature Reserve and offers a wide range of accommodation. From affordable self-catering chalets (which is what we stayed in) to more luxurious self-catering cottages and upmarket fully catered lodges.
The De Hoop Collection accommodation has something for everyone, from families travelling on a limited budget, couples seeking a comfortable but affordable break-away to top-end fully inclusive weddings and honeymoons. Catered and self-catered options are available for most accommodation types.
The 36 000 hectares of De Hoop conservation area is a World Heritage Site comprising rich biodiversity and by over 70 kilometers of pristine coastline. A 19 km vlei (wetland) stretches across the reserve, which is on the Ramsar list of Wetlands of International Importance.
De Hoop Collection
Contact: +27 (0)21 4224522
Thank you to Travel Opulent and De Hoop Collection for awarding me this prize of a lifetime.
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Sara Essop10th Oct 2017 at 10:18 am
Congratulations. What an awesome prize! I’d love to visit De Hoop some day.
Dominique10th Oct 2017 at 4:09 pm
Thank you, Sara, it was such a wonderful experience. Your family will love it.