The sprawling De Hoop Nature Reserve is as famous for its colony of Cape vultures as it is for the Southern Right whales that gather in the water from July to October. The reserve offers a range of comfortable self-catering options through the De Hoop Collection, but it’s hard to beat the suites at Lekkerwater Beach Lodge.
Situated on a private concession in the east of the reserve, Lekkerwater offers just seven cosy suites, each with jaw-dropping sea views and unfettered access to kilometres of pristine coastline. Look forward to guided fynbos walks, beach picnics, and some of the world’s best land-based whale watching.
The Haarwegskloof Renosterveld Reserve also deserves your visit: it conserves a unique slice of the Cape’s floral heritage, and offers self-catering accommodation in the old farm dairy. Now nicely done up, of course.
Prefer to be closer to Agulhas? Try Langrug Lodge. This century-old farm cottage offers a slightly rustic, off-grid escape on the shores of Soetendalsvlei. Did someone say wood-fired hot tub?
Heading south from the N2, first pick up some padkos at the Napier Farm Stall. You’d be foolish not to leave with homemade pies and granadilla cookies.