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Whale watching

Hermanus is a top-favourite whale watching destination in the Western Cape . Whales come in great numbers to Walker Bay between June and November to breed and calve. Watch the incredible Southern Right Whales from any number of excellent vantage points along the ‘cliff path’ of Hermanus. The vegetation-fringed cliff path weaves along …

What better weekend companions than whales, wine and music – and all of this in the exquisite setting of the De Hoop Nature Reserve in the Western Cape. Enjoy the De Hoop Collection’s wonderful weekend of music with Malané Hofmeyr-Burger on flute, Peta Ann Holdcroft on cello, Marjan Vonk on viola and Irina Tsonif and … Continue reading “Wine, Whales & Music Weekend at De Hoop Nature Reserve 5-7 September 2014”

When you can’t decide between the bliss of a soothing, green wilderness and the enchantment of the sea, choose a perfect piece of paradise that gives you both. And more besides. Not far from Cape Town, and just beyond Hermanus and Stanford, there’s a very accessible and captivating wonderland of ancient forests and fynbos-clothed mountainsides … Continue reading “Grootbos: Big & Beautiful … a Majestic Mosaic of Nature”

It could be yoga in a pristine reserve that takes your fancy, or hot-footing it through the fynbos with the kids to find Easter eggs, or a weekend learning the secrets of Italy’s well-known passion-foods. These, and all sorts of other things besides, are coming up in De Hoop Collection’s special packages for 2013.

  Southern Right Whales flock to the bays of De Hoop Nature Reserve to nurture their young. Bontebok – an endangered species – graze De Hoop’s lands in surprisingly large numbers. Eland and Cape Mountain Zebra are at home in the reserve too, along with ostriches, the scurrying yellow mongoose,  a variety of other mammals and a large array … Continue reading “Get Nurtured in Nature at Dazzling De Hoop”

Celebrate our gorgeous coastlines by experiencing them afresh. Pack up the family and head for one these awesome coastal spots in the Western Cape:

Gansbaai – Goose Bay when translated from the Afrikaans, is a wonderworld of rugged coastline featuring caves, coves and limestone rock formations, where whales come and flaunt themselves very close to shore. But geese, peculiarly, are no longer a focal point in their namesake town.

How exciting to see the first signs of Spring! In some parts of the Cape landscapes are already brightly abloom with Spring flowers. The whales are another Spring gift, and they’ve been seen already in some of our warm, sheltered bays. So why not put some spring in your step, quite literally, and skip off … Continue reading “The Joys of Spring: Plan a Getaway during Flower and Whale Season”

Whales and wine? Well, yes, unlikely bedfellows in some respects perhaps, but when it comes to combining the Western Cape’s most precious gems, what a perfect pairing! And better still when the pair becomes a trio with the addition of some fine music. The De Hoop Collection has brought these Cape treasures together into an exciting Wine, Whales … Continue reading “Whales, Wine and Music: A Tantalizing Trio at De Hoop on 27-29 July 2012”

It’s whale season! Plan a whale viewing getaway near one of these winning whale watching spots.

It’s that wonderful time of year in South Africa when we all head down to our favourite coastal spots where we cluster together to ooh and ah at the great ocean giants who’ve  made the epic journey from icy Antarctica to our sheltered bays to calve and mate.

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