De Hoop Nature Reserve Whale Trail
is one of the largest natural areas managed by CapeNature. This beautiful reserve is a favourite for hikers, cyclists, and bird and whale watchers. The reserve, which is 34 000 hectares, is just three hours from Cape Town, in the Overberg.
The neighbouring marine reserve, which extends 5km out to sea, is one of the largest marine protected areas in Africa. It conserves a vast and fascinating variety of marine life. The reserve is a World Heritage Site.
De Hoop has one of the best hiking trails in South Africa: the Whale Trail. This route offers coastal and mountain walking, with spectacular views and, of course, plenty of opportunities for whale watching. This route is a five-day trail featuring well-equipped accommodation on each of the five nights, including the newly-built Noetsie cottages, which are your stopover between days two and three.
"So much more than i expected."
Started with a call from my mate Neil, " Hey Bud, how do feel about going for a stroll for five days through the Fynbos, along the beach and watching some whales, flights and bookings done and paid.
Well with nothing else besides work and family commitments to take care of, i naturally didn't hesitate to say."Hell, yes, when do we leave".
The beauty of the hike was that we were going to be slackpacking - which meant that our food and sleeping bags would be transported ahead to our next stopover point and all we carried was the bare essentials needed to enjoy our daily walks.