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Experience De Hoop Vlei on foot
Thursday, 11 November 2010

Visitors to De Hoop can now opt to experience the De Hoop Vlei with the De Hoop Trail.

The trail runs from either a Friday afternoon to a Monday morning or a Monday afternoon to a Thursday morning. It is a three-night, fully catered luxury trail with two full days spent walking with an interpretive guide.

The De Hoop Vlei is 16 kilometres long and is a Ramsar site of international ecological importance where aquatic birds and other organisms breed and feed undisturbed. Many of the 260 bird species that occur at De Hoop can be seen here. The diversity of 1 500 plant species is also among the highest in the Cape Floristic Region.

Trail guests will be accommodated at the recently restored Manor House in four luxurious en-suite rooms for the duration of the trail. The restored Foreman’s Cottage will accommodate additional guests when required. Electricity is supplied by a generator during hours required for lighting, and kerosene lanterns are provided. The trail provides wholesome meals prepared by a professional chef, either on the open fire or gas stove.

The rate is R4 900 per person sharing and includes accommodation, internal reserve transfers, all scheduled meals, hot/cold teas, coffees and juices but excludes alcoholic beverages.

A maximum of 12 persons aged 12 and older may participate. The walking pace is leisurely to allow for an interpretive experience with the natural environment. The trail incorporates birding, game viewing and marine experiences.

Jeanette Phillips

By : Tourism Update
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