William Stephens and Carl Trieloff opened De Hoop Collection, the first private-public partnership in the South African hospitality industry, in the spectacular setting of the De Hoop Nature Reserve in the Overberg region of the Western Cape.
Cape Nature’s flagship reserve – a World Heritage site – offers visitors unparalleled peace and tranquility in what is probably one of the Cape’s last unspoiled natural environments.
De Hoop Collection, a member of Cape Country Routes, offers a range of budget-wise (and self-isolating) accommodation options, including the fully catered Cloete Suites in the original Opstal homestead, which was built in the 1800s.
Aside from its unrivaled natural beauty, its comfortable accommodation, a myriad of activities – hiking and mountain biking trails, tennis, boules, interpretive marine walks – and being a paradise for birders with its more than 260 species of birds, the whale sightings at De Hoop make it stand out from its competitors.
De Hoop is a protected marine area and is one of the world’s best land-based whale-watching areas. Every year, some 40% of the world’s southern right whales come to these shores to breed; De Hoop guarantees a safe nursery for these pods of visiting cetaceans.
Says William, guests often leave with “A feeling of being at one with nature and at peace with the world and as they leave, as friends, a cheery shout out that they will be back soon.”