Discover the Diverse Wildlife of De Hoop Nature Reserve
Located in a historic and breathtakingly scenic spot on the African continent, Lekkerwater Beach Lodge at De Hoop offers guests a unique and intimate experience. This is a place where the pristine environment, marine life, and distinctive fynbos take center stage. Whether dining with your feet in the sand (tides and weather permitting), or engaging in some of the world’s best land-based whale watching (often possible right from your bedroom during the July to October whale season), you’re in for an enchanting stay. The lodge’s welcoming atmosphere ensures that guests arrive as strangers but leave as friends, having shared in the magic and beauty of this extraordinary reserve.
Each of Lekkerwater Beach Lodge’s seven suites maximises ocean views with expansive windows overlooking pristine sands. The suites offer private outdoor decks, while the interiors reflect the reserve’s natural beauty through a soothing palette of blues, greens, and organic textures. Guests enjoy comfort throughout the year, with summer’s sea breezes and wood-burning stoves for winter warmth. The main lodge’s wrap-around deck is perfect for sunrise coffees or sunset drinks, with meals served family-style or individually. Whether engaging with chefs in the open kitchen, dining on the beach, or opting for a picnic lunch, guests have delightful options. However, to fully enjoy Lekkerwater, guests should be reasonably fit and agile due to the terrain and activity options, or be content to relax at the lodge, savouring the splendid views.
The intent at Lekkerwater Beach Lodge was for the spectacular vistas to take centre stage, and each bedroom offers wonderful vistas of the Indian Ocean. The rooms take inspiration from the natural beauty of the reserve and are simply decorated, cosy and comfortable.
The family room consists of a double-bedded room downstairs and an upstairs loft area with two single beds, sharing an open-plan shower and vanity area.
Take a leisurely stroll amongst the pristine, untouched sand dunes, where the golden sands meet the vibrant, setting sun. Revel in the tranquil atmosphere, enjoying a refreshing sundowner as you perch atop your very own ephemeral castle of sand, watching as the day gracefully transitions into night.
Embark on an engaging marine walk, exploring hidden tidal pools and mysterious caves along the shoreline. With every step, anticipate the discovery of vibrant, multi-coloured schools of fish darting beneath the water’s surface, alongside an array of fascinating marine life residing in this dynamic, aquatic environment.
Lace up your boots for a delightful walk through the fynbos, part of the unique Cape Floral Kingdom. Here, discover thousands of endemic plant species, including the national flower of South Africa, the King Protea. The De Hoop Nature Reserve is a haven for bird enthusiasts too, with over 250 recorded species of birds, providing a splendid opportunity to tick numerous varieties off your bird-watching list.