Exploring the Overberg: De Hoop and Walker Bay

Monday, June 13, 2016 by CapeNature

Explore the Overberg with CapeNature this winter, as the land comes alive during the ‘secret season’. The third in our series looking at our nature reserves in the Overberg, this time focusing on De Hoop and Walker Bay Nature Reserves.

If you’re excited by the possibility of land-based Whale-watching, then you really can’t do better than De Hoop and Walker Bay nature reserves.

Whales in the Overberg

Both located along the pristine waters of the appropriately dubbed Whale Coast, De Hoop and Walker Bay are best visited during whale season from July to November each year, when you can view the Whales in the waters off the coast.

De Hoop’s Marine Protected Area has been called one of the most important whale nurseries in the world, with Southern Right Whales returning here every year to nurse and calve their young.

Besides Whale-watching De Hoop is known primarily for the Cape’s finest slackpacking route, The Whale Trail


Image: Tarryn Clarke

…but it’s also home to a rare colony of Cape Vultures


…as well as a number of luxury and more rustic accommodation options provided by De Hoop Collection.

We dare you to take a look at the video below for a taste of the beauty of De Hoop, and not immediately jump in your car for a visit!

Walker Bay Nature Reserve is also a fantastic land-based Whale Watching spot. During Whale season each year hundreds of Southern Right Whales can be seen nursing their calves in the sheltered bay.


For those looking to combine their Whale-watching with other pursuits, Walker Bay also provides great opportunities for the avid angler or 4×4 enthusiast who wants to take full advantage of the reserve’s sandy beaches and challenging 4×4 route.

4x4 Summer post

There is also the historically significant Klipgat Cave, which contains records of Middle Stone Age inhabitants dating back 65 000 to 85 000 years.

The view from inside the Klipgat Cave

The view from inside the Klipgat Cave

To see a list of all of our nature reserves in the Overberg, click here.

Remember, we’re running our 40% Winter Discount until 31 August 2016. Click here to find out all the details!

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