Not up to standard
Jaco Hanekom, South Africa
12 September 2016
Accommodation here cost above average, yet the facilities are way below average.
Roads in park are so bad that you cannot enjoy the beautiful scenery. Pothole hopping.
This comes from years of neglect. Shame on De Hoop Collection for not ploughing back some of the millions they are making into the park infrastructure.
We won't visit again.
Beware: Signposting from Swellendam is non existing. You will land up at the wrong gate. Apparently everyone does but no-one cares.
Matthew Swart, South Africa
15 August 2016
Matthew Swart, South Africa
15 August 2016
Camping at De Hoop
Lourens Erasmus, South Africa
04 April 2016
What a wonderful time we had. A must for all birdwatchers.
Lourens and Marina Erasmus
Lovely time with nature
Wendy Knol, South Africa
19 January 2016
We had such a great stay at De Hoop. The accommodation was very clean and comfortable. Seeing the many animals was a wonderful surprise and the scenery spectacular!
Alapan Arnab, South Africa
02 January 2016
De Hoop is special - perhaps it is the remoteness, perhaps it is the location; or perhaps it is simply the people. The staff at the De Hoop Collection are amazing in their hospitality - be it at the shop, the various guided activities, the bar or the restaurant. They are helpful, knowledgable and friendly. It is no wonder that people seem to make De Hoop an annual get away - after my 2 nights; I am considering the same!
indra Lübkemeier, Germany
29 November 2015
The De Hoop nature reserve is really beautiful (Whale watching from the shore) and definitively worth visiting. For accomodation there is no real alternative than De Hoop Collection. We were a little disappointed since we booked an Opstal Vlei Cottage, but were asigned an Equipped Cottage upon arrival. Also, we booked a table at the restaurant at 9 pm and had to wait until 9:45 pm before the table was available. Because of this we were the last guests and felt a little stressed when desert was served and the staff obviously wanted to call in the day. However, the food and drinkes were very good!
A Birders Paradise
Jacky Donovan, South Africa
08 November 2015
A lovely stay again .
Your Fynbos is looking fantastic after all your rains.
I look forward to my next visit.
very nice accomodation
jose cano, Spain
14 October 2015
good accomodation, clean, nice reserve, beach, dunes, river, it has all, i hope i will go back again one day
Marinda De Klerk
02 March 2015
The fact that the camping rondavels had no inside toilets. The outside toilets were really not very nice, the ones that were slightly better at the ablution block were really far away, especially at night, the shower facilities as well, more than basic. For the price it was definitely not good value. Definitely not priced for the South African market, maybe there should be two price structures, one for the overseas market and one for the South African market. I would also not recommend it for families.
janet sproson, South Africa
15 March 2014
We booked a vlei cottage but when we arrived were told that there had been a mix up and we were put into a village cottage instead with free breakfast.
As birdwatchers, we particularly booked the vlei cottage and would not have booked in the village so free breakfasts were not really compensation.
I spoke to the booking clerk who said she had emailed me the previous day but the only email I received was on the morning of our arrival.
Eventually we were offered free dinner as well and the posibility of moving into the manor house for our second night but as the water was cut off in most of the complex while we were there but remained on in the village cottage we were in, we stayed put.
The cottage was well furnished and very pleasant but very close to the road and we were woken by traffic at 5am both mornings.
The staff were all very pleasant and helpful.
The restaurant served good though not outstanding food and we thought the choice [only 2 options for each course] rather limited.
The place itself is beautiful but as a couple slightly expensive.
Fritz Rischmuller, South Africa
27 October 2013
First class stay and meals, very clean and excellent guide Pinky. Lots to see like whales, eland bontebok, birds and other fauna and flora.
Amazing restful time
Werner Dalziel, South Africa
22 April 2013
I really enjoyed unwinding at De Hoop. The scenery was wonderful and everything was peaceful. Staff at the restaurant were very friendly and helpful. As a single traveller I really enjoyed my time there.
Enjoyed every moment
riona sewnarain, South Africa
14 January 2013
We really enjoyed every moment of our stay. The accommodation was beautiful, clean and fresh. The staff was friendly and extremely helpful. Location was absolutely breathtaking. Restaurant food was delicious. Highly recommended.
Heini Soutamo-Kohlrausch, Germany
12 November 2012
Great nature, excellent food and service.
Trudie Van Staden, South Africa
30 January 2012
We enjoyed the beautiful rondavel with a lovely view of the river and koppie. To see the river and the baboons while showering was quite a treat! All-in-all, a nice experience.
Wonderful opportunity to experience natural beauty in the Cape
Nicci Giles, South Africa
08 April 2011
Loved the dunes, beautiful rock pools and abundant bird life. Koppie Alleen looks like a great place to stay.
We stayed in the Opstal's equipped cottages and my six- and four-year old had a ball.
Cliff thurston, South Africa
17 March 2011
Self-catering accommodation at Opstal excellent. Walking east or west from Koppie Alleen wonderful. Recommend bird- ing tour with Pierre. Lovely guy. Gravel
roads from entrance gate to De Hoop and
Koppie Alleen awful unless you've got a 4x4. Will go there again next year.
Nicolette Pietersen, South Africa
17 January 2011
We enjoyed our stay. The baboons were a bit scary, the weather was great. The first night was awesome, as we had the privilege to stay in one of the guest houses. The walks we took was awesome, as we walked each morning and each night after we had eaten. The animals we saw was a great experience for us. We went to the beach and also enjoyed the pool on the reserve. Thanks to the staff for their assistance and kindness.
Amazing place to stay!
Christina Schnell, Switzerland
13 January 2011
We stayed in one of five rondavels in the De Hoop National Park and loved it! The park is so peaceful, you see zebras, bontebok etc. You can make coffee/tea or a braai in front of the rondavel. The De Hoop Collection also has a nice restaurant. The dunes at the beachfront were wonderful and unforgettable.
02 January 2011
Beautiful surroundings, enjoyed riding bicycles and seeing animals, great beach at Koppie Alleen- pity about the blue bottles. Will definitely be visiting again.
De Hoop Village
Jonathan Knight, South Africa
03 December 2010
A great place. Our first visit and certainly not our last.
De Hoop Collection
Wendy Bailey, South Africa
11 September 2010
We loved our little rondavel overlooking the vlei and would choose it again but we did feel it was rather expensive for accommodation with shared toilets and outdoor showers.
PEACE AND PASSION
Barbara Abellan, South Africa
27 March 2010
My stay in de Hoop will stay in my memory. There I found a magic beauty and energy, found a rare peace surrounded by nature and animals, met welcoming and impassioned people (the cook and the guide who took us through nature). My rondavel was my perfect little home for the three days looking onto to the lake with all its inhabitants, the birds. I was happy to feel this sensation of quality and safety coming originally from Switzerland. I just missed a little smile on the face of the cleaning lady. Well, this perhaps made me realize and really appreciate how perfect all the rest was?
Thank you and I will come back to refill my batteries and meet peace and passion
Thank you South Africa!
You must chill-out here!
Sian Evans, South Africa
14 January 2010
We spent two nights at the Vlei Cottages and had such a relaxing time. The reserve is so beautifully laid out with cottages situated very close to the vlei. The restaurant service was excellent and I have to rave about the cappuccinos. It is a fantastic place to chill out from a busy lifestyle. There are many activities do partake in - tennis, boule, cycling tracks, swimming in rock pools at low tide, kayaking on the vlei. The best of all was the friendly service, stunning decor and an amazing coast line. A definite must!
De Hoop Collection - Opstal cottages
Fiona Baxter, South Africa
12 January 2010
Pleasant, comfortable stay but a bit expensive considering quality of equipment, facilities and finishes in the cottages. Good menu and food at restaurant. Restaurant staff were also very accommodating about providing children with 'kiddies fare' which was not on the dinner menu.
A sensational spot accessible to the Cape Peninsula
Richard Paris, South Africa
04 December 2009
De Hoop is a gem and I was delighted with the standard of the rondavels where I stayed for four nights, and especially with the high quality of the food, wines and decor of the Fig Tree Restaurant.
The weather was challenging much of the time, with high winds, cool temperatures and some cloudy days but the ambiance was wonderful.