Father’s Day comes around once a year and provides the perfect excuse to spoil your dad and show him just how much you appreciate him.
This year you can treat him to something really special and different – head off to the De Hoop Nature Reserve for the De Hoop Collection’s Father’s Day Weekend – 16 and 17 June.
De Hoop Nature Reserve, all 36 000 hectares of it, is the ideal country breakaway; it boasts spectacular bird-life, diverse fauna and flora and is a favourite destination for hikers, cyclists and bird and whale watchers (whale season is between June and November) and is only a short three hours drive from Cape Town.
And there are heaps of activities available – Dad, with his family, can enjoy a guided Bird Walk along the Vlei discovering the amazing birds and fynbos, and/or a guided Marine Walk at Koppie Alleen exploring the fascinating rock pools teeming with intriguing plants and sea creatures (with a qualified guide on hand to answer all questions), and an Eco Boat cruise on the Vlei. He can order a pre-packed picnic basket to enjoy at Koppie Alleen on the dunes while watching the Southern Right Whales – a highlight of a visit to De Hoop.
And if your dad is the energetic type and enjoys cycling, then bring your own bikes (or you can hire from De Hoop), and join dad on a Mountain Bike ‘Nature Quest’ – with a stop along the way for hot chocolate and doughnuts – as you cycle amongst game and Fynbos, following the clues of the Nature Quest.
And don’t forget to pack in your warm jackets so you can enjoy a dinner outside – sitting around the fire in the boma where you will enjoy a bowl of hot soup and delicious potjie, followed by dessert and marshmallow toasting to make delicious smores (R250 per person – children 12 and under half price).
And if you do not want to spend the whole weekend you can book for the Father’s Day lunch on Sunday – day visitors are welcome. All activities and meals for children 12 years and under are half price.
Winter Special rates apply – take advantage of De Hoop Collection’s Winter Special rate of R1 800 per six-sleeper De Hoop Village cottage.
Booking is essential.
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Activities at De Hoop – Guests of all ages and tastes will find something to do at De Hoop: Families can enjoy all the usual home comforts plus family oriented fun activities – wonderful birding opportunities, nature lovers will enjoy the interpretive rock pool walks, extensive hiking and mountain biking trails or a running trail (25km route); tennis or boules and remember, for the younger members of the family there are baby-sitting services available – and don’t forget, winter is whale season at De Hoop. And if you should need ‘time out’ for a bit of pampering, remember there is that ultimate escape (with a variety of revitalising Beauty and Body treatments) at the Spa @ De Hoop, an exercise in understated luxury, situated in the beautiful surrounds overlooking the vlei. Few other reserves offer as complete an outdoor experience as the De Hoop Nature Reserve – from the sea, which during whale season is the playground for the Southern Right Whale, the sand dunes, the vlei, the rare Fynbos, the diverse antelope and the De Hoop ‘regulars’ of Bontebok, Eland, Cape Mountain Zebra and the more than 260 species of birds De Hoop is without doubt, the ultimate location to visit. Experience all of these riches with one of De Hoop Collection’s fabulous and knowledgeable guides.
About De Hoop Collection
The De Hoop Collection opened in the De Hoop Nature Reserve in the Western Cape in 2007 under the creative and entrepreneurial hands of Carl Trieloff and William Stephens, renowned for their successful Madikwe Game reserve developments. In a spectacular setting, with conservation aspects managed by Cape Nature, the reserve offers a wide range of accommodation types designed to suit all budgets. The Reserve, in the Overberg region, is a comfortable three hours’ drive from Cape Town on the world renowned Garden and Whale routes – the ideal stop-over en route from the Cape Winelands to Plettenberg Bay. Visitors to the De Hoop Collection enjoy unparalleled peace and tranquillity in what must be one of the Cape’s last unspoiled gems.