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Whales make a splash at De Hoop

Posted on Wednesday, 09th Jul 2014

De Hoop Whales

Just three hours from Cape Town, and neighbor to the quaint farming towns of Bredasdorp, and Swellendam, you’ll find De Hoop Nature Reserve. But it’s more than the 86 mammal species, or nearly 220 bird species that people come to see – from July until November, much larger visitors steal the spotlight: the Southern Right Whales.

The whales travel to South African waters each year to breed and calve, with the De Hoop population estimated between an impressive 1 500-2 000. In peak season, 50-75 whales can be spotted from the snowy white dunes of Koppie Alleen – making it a world-class vantage point for land-based whale watching, and a must-visit destination for guests, and day visitors alike.

De Hoop Beach

 As a Marine Protected Area (stretching 5km out to sea), the waters of De Hoop are home to abundant marine life in a fishing-free zone. The rock pools themselves also house an underwater treasure trove of organisms, and De Hoop Collection makes a point of including a weekend dedicated to creating awareness about these fascinating eco systems on their annual calendar, which was held in May this year. Other events to look forward to include Emile Minnie performing live as part of the Christmas in July weekend, 11-13th; a photographic weekend with award-winning conservation photographer Peter Chadwick, 19-20 July; and the popular Wine, Whales and Music weekend, 5-7 September.

Throughout the year, guests and day visitors can book a number of activities at De Hoop Collection – the accommodation and event arm of De Hoop Collection. From eco-quad biking through the fynbos, mountain bike trails, bird watching and picnics alongside the 19km Vlei, to interpretive marine walks with a qualified guide, there’s plenty to do, and see at De Hoop Nature Reserve this winter.

Accommodation options range from self-catering cottages, to more upmarket suites, and the fully restored sandstone Melkkamer house and cottages.

For more information on De Hoop Nature Reserve, please click here or contact ATC African Travel Concept at atc@atc-sa.co.za

References:
http://www.photodestination.co.za/southern-right-whales.html
http://www.capenature.co.za/reserves/de-hoop-nature-reserve/


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