R840 per unit
From camping and caravanning sites and affordable self-catering rondawels, to more luxurious self-catering cottages and five-star fully catered lodges, the De Hoop Collection has something to offer families travelling on a limited budget, couples seeking a comfortable but affordable breakaway, right through to international guests looking for a top-end luxury experience – and all of this in one of the most beautiful places the South African coastline has to offer.
Situated just three hours drive from Cape Town, the 36 000 hectares of De Hoop conservation area forms part of a World Heritage Site characterised by rich biodiversity and rare species of fynbos that lead down to an unspoiled coastline. A 19km vlei, which is a Ramsar site, stretches across the reserve and is home to rich birdlife, including pelicans that breed on its waters each year. The three nautical miles of De Hoop Marine Reserve beyond the shoreline offer some of the best whale viewing in the world, with some 40% of the global Southern Right Whale population coming to the bay each year to breed.
Birdwatchers spend time along the shores of the vlei observing wading birds, while the Potberg Mountains are home to a colony of endangered Cape vultures. Hikers and cyclists have close encounters with bontebok, the Cape mountain zebra, eland, red hartebeest and baboons. Activities are diverse and guests can choose between various day walks, the Whale trail, mountain biking along the many gravel roads, horse riding and scenic game drives. Lazing on the beach and snorkelling in the many turquoise rock pools are great ways to pass the days.
Opstal Vlei Suites (Sleeps two): The newly renovated Opstal Stable Suites have a fantastic view of the vlei. There are two suites within the Opstal Stables: The Stable Suite and the larger Vlei Suite.
Opstal Vlei Cottages (Three units): The cottages are called Hoepoe, Pelican and Fish Eagle and are set amongst a dazzling array of wildlife and fynbos. They have well-equipped kitchens, bathrooms, furniture, linen and towels for the comfort of discerning guests.
Vlei Rondavels (two units) are on the edge of the cliff overlooking the Vlei. There is a magnificent view from these sites across the vlei towards Melkkamer. Each rondawels consists of one room with four beds; ideal for a family of four. The units each have a shared bathroom with a shower and a toilet.
Opstal Cottages (Seven units): There is one 3-bedroomed cottage called Eland, and six 2-bedroomed cottages; Mountain Zebra, Bontebok, Baboon, Steenbok, Duiker and Grysbok. Catered and self catered options available.
Campsite Rondavels (Five units) at the Opstal are round, thatched cottages that are perfect for guests looking for simple and affordable accommodation. The five Rondavels overlook a protected part of the vlei with plently of birdlife.
de Hoop Village (Nine cottages): These self-catering cottages are fisherman-style houses characteristic of the Western Cape Coast. Ideal for families and friends, the cottages are well appointed and provide guests with a home away from home.
Opstal Houses (Four units): These 3-bedroomed houses are set in amongst the Milkwood trees behind the Opstal Manor house. They have spacious bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, bathrooms and an outside braai area. Called Blue Crane, Black Oystercatcher, Sacred Ibis and Giant Kingfisher, these houses are well appointed and perfect for families or groups of friends.
Melkkamer Manor House: is a majestic, old sand stone house overlooking the vlei. It has been derelict for the past few years but has been beautifully restored to its former grandeur. This beautiful building comprises 4 en suite bedrooms, a gorgeous kitchen, dining room and living room.
Melkkamer Vlei cottage is a 4 bed-roomed sand stone house dating back to 1872. This lovely, old cottage overlooks the vlei and faces the Opstal area. The house has 4 bedrooms, two bathrooms and a kitchen/dining room, a lounge as well as an outdoor braai area. It has a fully equipped kitchen so is set up for self caterin. Paraffin lamplight and firelight add to the romance of the location.
The Melkkamer Foreman’s cottage which is also built of sand stone, is situated behind the Manor House and is hidden away by large rambling Milkwoods. It has 3 bedrooms and a lounge/kitchen dining area as well as an outdoor braai area. This charming cottage is fully equipped for self catering.
Camping and caravan sites: There are 10 campsites that are set approximately 20 meters apart. The 5 caravan sites are close to the picnic area. There is a communal kitchenette (no cooking facilities or equipment) and there are communal bathrooms for guests.
WEDDING VENUE: The Stables, which is located in the Melkkamer area overlooking the vlei, is an old, sandstone, farm barn that has been completely renovated and has been transformed into a unique venue for weddings and other special events.
CONFERENCE VENUE: A fully equipped conferencing facility is set in the stately old Opstal Manor House and has room for a maximum of 30 attendees. The conference attendees can be accommodated in any of the accommodation options available at De Hoop.
- Swimming pool
- boules courtyard
- tennis court
- mountain bikes to hire
- Full time restaurant
- Air conditioning
- Fire place
Things to do
- Whale Watching
- mountain biking
- bird watching
- guided walks
- de Hoop trail
- Whale Trail
- horse riding
- scenic game drives