De Hoop nature reserve – Jan16

After our week in the Cape, we have moved on to De Hoop nature reserve which is on the Indian Ocean coast east of Hermanus.  It seemed very remote and required a drive of 50 miles or so on gravel roads to reach.

View of De Hoop park with its sand dune boundary
View of De Hoop park with its sand dune boundary

The area is a flattish basin along a river / vlei behind very high sand dunes.  The vegetation is based on the unique fynbos which provides habitats for flowers (and animals) not seen elsewhere.

In addition to its marine birdlife -similar to that seen at Kommetjie – there was a range of inland birds and some bigger game such a bontebok, eland, baboons, ostrich etc.

Eland on the sand dune
Eland on the sand dune
Bontebok
Bontebok

We arrived just as the weather was breaking so had rain until mid morning the next day, but this did cool things down considerably.

Baboons drinking
Baboons drinking

The weather curtailed some of our activities as the nature walk was cancelled!  Even so, we did our own walk early the following morning along the estuary  when the light was soft.

Old farm house on estuary in morning light
Old farm house on estuary in morning light
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Common Stilts

We saw several kinds of duck and heron as well as African Spoonbill, Flamingo and pelican.

Pictures of birds will need careful sorting

before publishing … The iPad is too small.

We stayed two nights and could perhaps have done with another day.  From De Hoop we have moved to Montagu in the mountains near the Robertson wine valley ….