Winter School Holidays at De Hoop

Winter AND school holidays! A time of the year when your kids drive you crazy – and you drive them crazy! 

What you all need is a holiday at the De Hoop Nature Reserve – an ultimate family getaway – where you and your kids can enjoy all the usual home comforts, plus a myriad of entertainment alternatives, amazing activities that are tailor made to enjoy as a family… and if you’re a particularly active family bring along your bikes and enjoy quality family time in amongst the Eland, bontebok and mountain zebras while taking advantage of De Hoop’s winter special offers. 

The De Hoop Reserve, in the Overberg region near the southern tip of Africa, is a comfortable three hours’ drive from Cape Town on the world renowned Garden and Whale routes – guests of all ages and tastes will find something to do at De Hoop. Aside from the wonderful birding opportunities and customised once-off events, nature lovers will enjoy the interpretive rock pool and Fynbos walks, while the more adventurous can experience the extensive hiking and mountain biking trails – and winter is whale season at De Hoop. 

During the winter school Holidays daily activities for young and old alike will be on offer. Get a group of 4-12 people together for a guided morning Vlei Walk with complimentary tea/coffee/croissant stop – R200 per person (kids 12 and under half price).  What about a Mountain Bike / Trail Run Challenge? If your group is an active bunch De Hoop can set up an outdoor challenge for you – run or cycle through the fynbos where you will be met with drinks and snacks before making your way back on a circular route to Tierhoek – R300 per person (kids 12 and under half price -minimum 10 ); Family boat cruises – explore the Vlei and enjoy bird, game, otter and even porcupine sightings -R350 per person – kids 12 and under half price or  less 20% if you book for 10 (Full boat) in May-July; Family Marine Walks – price 200 per person including a beautiful kids marine activity book – ask at reception if you would like to order a picnic bag to spend time on the dunes; Fireside Tales and Scorpion Hunt, followed by a fireside stories around the campfire with Smores and Hot Chocolate – complimentary (minimum six). 

Make a block booking for a group of friends or a family gathering, of the nine Village units at the Special Winter rate of R1 800 per six-sleeper cottage and one of the following activities will be included for free – a group guided morning Vlei Walk with complimentary tea/coffee/croissant stop or the two-hour long interpretive Marine Walk or a Mountain Bike / Trail Run Challenge either run or cycle through the fynbos.

And don’t forget if mom and dad want some time away from the kids and escape the everyday stresses, take yourselves to the Spa@De Hoop for some indulgent pampering downtime.

All activities need to be booked at reception and picnic bags can be ordered the day before. Please note that all activities are subject to weather conditions and that the kiddies activities will only take place with a minimum of six kids booked per activity.

Bring your family and come and enjoy a bumper winter holiday at De Hoop Collection Nature Reserve – few other reserves offer as complete an outdoor experience as De Hoop.  From the sea, the sand dunes, the vlei, the display of rare Fynbos, the diverse antelope and the De Hoop ‘regulars’, Bontebok, Eland, Cape Mountain Zebra and not forgetting the 260 species of  birds if you’re a twitcher at heart,  De Hoop is definitely the ideal location to spend your winter school holidays.

Terms and conditions apply to all specials.

Booking is essential.  

Phone 021-422 4522 or email res@dehoopcollection.co.za  

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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 on offer – wonderful birding opportunities, nature lovers will enjoy the interpretive rock pool walk, 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.

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