Wildlife Sanctuaries and Game Lodges

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De Hoop Nature Reserve, Bredasdorp, Overberg, Western Cape.

36000-Ha nature reserve 50-km east of Bredasdorp, with an adjacent marine reserve extending 3 nautical miles (5-km) out to sea. It includes a large vlei, limestone hills, extensive sand dunes and the Potberg (611-m) mountain range.†† It is important for the conservation of rare lowland fynbos. Of its 1500 plant species, 50 are endemic to the area.†

The reserve has 86 mammal species, most notably the rare bontebok and Cape mountain zebra, as well as eland, grey rhebuck, baboon, yellow mongoose, caracal and the occasional leopard. Large numbers of bats occur at De Hoop.†† The marine reserve provides a sanctuary for southern right whales, which calve here each year from May to December.†† More that 260 bird species have been recorded at De Hoop.† Potberg has the last remaining breeding colony of rare Cape vultures in the Western Cape. The De Hoop vlei is a wetland of international importance for migratory waterbirds. Numerous frogs, snakes, lizards, tortoises and invertebrate species occur in its different habitats, and at least 250 species of fish occur in the marine reserve.

Cottages may be hired. They are supplied with a stove, fridge and electricity.† Visitors should provide their own bedding, kitchen utensils and food.† A camping area with sites for tents or caravans is available but without electrical outlets.† Various picnic sites are situated throughout the reserve. The nearest shop and petrol supply is at Ouplaas (Wydgelee), 15-km from De Hoop.† Firewood may be purchased at the reserve during office hours.

The reserve has hiking trails, shorter walks, a mountain bike trail and a circular drive for vehicles.† Information displays at the De Hoop office and at Potberg illustrate local ecology. A nominal fee per person and per vehicle is payable on entry.† Reservations for accommodation should be made during office hours (Monday to Friday from 08h00 to 16h00).† Overnight visitors should please report to the De Hoop Office before 16h00 on their day of arrival.† No pets or firearms in the reserve. The reserve is open from 07h00 to 18h00 daily and gate times are strictly enforced.

Bredasdorp is on the R317 south of Stormsvlei, which is on the N2 west of Swellendam, which is at the intersection of the N2 with the N15. BFDehoop

Contct:††† ††† ††† The Manager
De Hoop Nature Reserve
Private Bag X16 Bredasdorp 7280
+27 (28) 542 1126 telephone
+27 (28) 542 1679 fax
web: www.capenature.org.za

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Last update: 2014-05-14 20:49
Author: Alan McIver
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