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What We Love

  • Family-style beachfront meals, cooked with local bounty
  • Indian Ocean views from your private verandah
  • Naturalist-led walks through the surrounding shrublands, or fynbos
  • Wood-burning stoves in each of the seven suites

What To Know

  • The lodge once served as a getaway for former South African president F.W. de Klerk
  • Whale-watching here is especially productive between July and November, when Southern Rights travel here from Antartica
  • The reserve is home to over 260 bird species, making it an especially prized part of South Africa
  • Wi-Fi is only available in your room, and phone signal is limited

Amenities

  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
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Overview

Hillside communal retreat tucked away in a coastal reserve in South Africa’s Western Cape Province, with some of the world’s best whale watching at its doorstep

The Lowdown

Be prepared to mix and mingle at this convivial De Hoop Nature Reserve oceanside lodge, where up to 16 guests descend to hike, whale watch, and explore starfish-studded tidal pools. Even meals (hearty South African cuisine which ranges from spicy, Cape Malay-inspired curries to braai, or barbecued fare), which can be enjoyed al fresco along the nearly four-mile stretch of private beach or in the lodge’s interactive open kitchen, are a communal affair and capped off with wine from nearby Hemel-en-Aarde valley. It’s why the dwellings here—six oceanside cabins and a single family suite—are especially private sanctuaries, outfitted in blues, whites, and bespoke wildlife art by South African painter Jemima Sargent. It’s the floor-to-ceiling windows, perfect for spying whales and dolphins gliding and bobbing along the surrounding surf, that really infuse the wow factor. As part of its commitment to maintaining a minimal carbon footprint, the property is entirely solar powered, striving to be single-use plastic free and pledges a percentage of its profits to conservation projects; fittingly, Lekkerwater is Afrikaans for “good water.”

In the Area

This far-flung nature lodge is just over a three-hour drive from Cape Town, in the easternmost corner of the De Hoop Nature Reserve, a renowned mating and calving site for Antarctican whales. As part of a Marine Protected Area, fishing is strictly banned along these waters, while a penguin colony is currently in the works. The lodge can arrange for guided excursions that explore its pretty pastoral surroundings, which also include sand-dunes and wetlands bordered by the dramatic Potberg Mountains, home to game like the rare Cape mountain zebra.

How to Get There

Lekkerwater Beach Lodge at De Hoop
De Hoop Nature Reserve
Malagas, South Africa