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Enjoy bird watching

Our secluded location at the end of the De Hoop kloof provides the mostly undisturbed habitat that supports many bird species. We are proud to say that 141 bird species have been identified on the farm to date, including special species such as Buffspotted Flufftail, Victorin’s Warbler, Knysna Woodpecker, Tambourine Dove and Olive Pigeon.
The rich diversity of habitats that support this proliferation of bird species, will definitely enhance your birding experience.
Guided tours are available by prior arrangement at an extra fee.
Click here to view a list of bird species.

Enjoy farm walks

You are free to walk anywhere on the farm as long as you keep to the tracks.  Choose between a leisurely stroll on the farm roads or into the kloof, or a bit more strenuously onto the foothills.  The latter will allow you to have a beautiful view over the Breederiver valley.

Enjoy swimming

Enjoy a nice cool-off in one of the four farm dams which are all filled from clear mountain streams.  Please note that all dams are deep and children should always swim under supervision of a responsible person. Remember – water in the dams are used for irrigation, so in times of drought, expect dams not to be filled to the brim. 

Enjoy cycling

Bring along your mountain bike and enjoy a ride on the farm tracks.  The more brave can undertake part of the route which was followed for the 2014 Cape Epic MTB.

Enjoy the animal community

As fynbos has a low carrying capacity, large herbivores do not naturally occur on the farm. Some of the smaller antelope species are however present.  The following species have been identified:  grey rhebuck, duiker, bushbuck and grysbok. These animals are preyed upon by the leopard and caracal. Baboons are also very common. Smaller mammals include the porcupine and bush pig as well as various mongoose types, genets, hyrax (dassies) and of course mice. The plant- and thus flower-diversity of the fynbos biome supports a great diversity of insect species. Many reptiles such as the blue headed tree agama (bloukopkoggelmander), tortoises and snakes like puffadders, tree snakes (boomslange) and cape cobras are also present.

Enjoy the fynbos

The vegetation on the farm is predominately Mountain Fynbos on the slopes of the Langeberg Mountains fading into Renosterveld on the foothills.  In the valleys Searsia species dominate, with Renosterbos covering most of the foothills. Higher up on the mountain slopes Protea species form dense stands.  Small patches of afro temperate forests are supported in the kloofs where it is safe from fires. These forests are dominated by Red Alder, Cape Beech and Sybas trees
Click here to view a list of tree species

Certification & Accreditation

De Hoop Cottages is Tripadvisor Traveler's Choice 2022
De Hoop Cottages is an Afristay Best Value Accommodation
Recommended by SA-Venues
Accredited Member