When Is the Best Time
De Hoop is a year-round destination. From October until March it is great to swim in tide pools at low tide. Summer is also the time with little rainfall. The chance of increasing precipitation starts in May and lasts until September with its peak in August. It has a Mediterranean climate with hot summer, mild winter, and most rain occurs during winter time.
Where and Tips
De Hoop Nature Reserve is a World Heritage Site and still a hidden gem. It's a stunning destination for wildlife, birding, whale watching, massive dunes, and swimming. It's a great refreshment in one of the pools at low tide in summer while you observe oystercatchers. Try to stay inside of the park instead of Swellendam. It's an almost 60 km drive from Bredarsdorp and Swellendam part of it is gravel to the entrance. You have to leave the reserve in the evening if you don't have accommodation booked. Gates open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. in summer and winter at 6 p.m.
It's incredible to walk for hours along the whale trail, and you'll discover different small beaches or even southern right whales depending on the season. The huge dune chain at Koppie Alleen is impressive as the considerable amount of elands.