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