The iconic Whale Trail hike in the De Hoop Nature Reserve has re-opened for local and international visitors to enjoy and explore.
Situated on 34 000 hectares of land, which extends 5km out to sea, De Hoop Nature Reserve is one of the largest marine protected areas in Africa. The reserve is a firm favourite for hikers, cyclists, bird and whale watchers.
One of the main attractions of the reserve has always been its world-renowned Whale Trail, a 5-day overnight hiking trail taking visitors through the beautiful terrain of the reserve.
The trail was closed in 2019 to construct much-needed safety upgrades and add new developments along the popular hiking route. CapeNature has upgraded and improved the trail and visitors can now look forward to an improved experience.
The five Whale Trail overnight huts lie at the foot of the Potberg Mountains, perched high on a sea cliff offering breath-taking views. Although the fully equipped huts can sleep up to 12 people at a time, the occupancy is currently restricted to 50% in line with COVID-19 regulations for dormitory-style accommodation.
Visitors can look forward to the following improvements:
– Solar-powered electricity in accommodation units, which are not affected by load shedding.
– Restored and improved hiking routes with stainless steel structures and stairs for optimal weather resistance and safety.
– An outdoor braai area.
– Modern appliances for convenience such as fridges and gas hobs within all overnight huts– a first for the reserve.
– Upgraded skylights installed for better viewing and stargazing.
– Full bathroom and shower upgrades at Vaalkrans, Hamerkop, and Cupidoskraal huts.
Venue: Overberg District, near Cape Agulhas
Cost: Conservation Fee Day Access – Adults R50, Kids R30, Group Activities R15 | Self-Catering Accommodation – from R1795 per night
Tel: Call Centre 087 087 8250 | Accommodation 021 422 4522
Website: capenature.co.za | dehoopcollection.com
Facebook: @CapeNature1 | @DeHoopCollection