Lekkerwater Beach Lodge at De Hoop, Garden Route


Lekkerwater Beach Lodge at De Hoop, Garden Route


De Hoop is something of a secret for most visitors – and South Africans themselves. Located just over 3 hours away from Cape Town, the 34,000-hectare reserve is a glorious melee of fynbos and beach, sand dunes and wetlands, all framed by the dramatic Potberg Mountains and the Indian Ocean. It is of course famous for whale-watching, but the landscape itself is just as magnificent. The seven rooms at Lekkerwater Beach Lodge are positioned along six kilometres of pristine white sand. Our dream was for the spectacular vistas to take centre stage and each is fronted by floor-to-ceiling glass windows that overlook the Indian Ocean and marine life ahead. Each is positioned perfectly for a unique view over the surroundings, and small verandas outside provide the perfect spot to soak up the magic. Inside, the rooms take inspiration from the natural beauty of the reserve and are earthy and comfortable. A wood-burning stove takes away the chill in the winter mornings and evenings and each has an ensuite bathroom with amenities.


Journey through time in one of the most historic and scenically beautiful locations on the African continent. Learn about the marine life, fynbos and pristine environment of the unusual reserve. Eat dinner on the beach with the sand between your toes and the region’s finest wines on the table. There certainly aren’t many places to enjoy this in South Africa… Experience some of the world’s best land-based whale watching straight from your bedroom.

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