Morukuru Beach Lodge
Land based whale watching
The De Hoop Nature Reserve is one of the best place in Africa for land based whale watching. During the winter month (July - October) large numbers of Southern Righ whales enter the sheltered bay of this Marine Protected Reserve to give birth to their calves. Thanks to the location of Morukuru Beach Lodge so close to the beach it is possible to see the whales from your room already.
The amazing white sand dunes of the De Hoop Nature Reserve offer excellent opportunities for sand boarding.
The pristine coastline of the De Hoop Nature Reserve is protected by the Marine Reserve, which means no boating and no fishing is allowed. It is also not allowed to remove anything from the beaches. As a result the beaches and coastline offer a lot to discover during fascinating marine walks during low tide.
The De Hoop Nature Reserve is located just to the east of Cape Agulhas, which means that water temperatures are a few degrees warmer then Cape Town and Hermanus. The protected rock pools with shallow water warm up even further, making it possible to swim and snorkel safely.
Morukuru Beach Lodge is surrounded by Fynbos and sand dunes. Go and explore this fascinating landscape on foot and discover the many different plant species. Did you know this is one of the richest floral kingdoms in the world, with over 3000 different species?
Guests at Morukuru Beach Lodge can discover the beauty of De Hoop Nature Reserve on mountain bikes as well. We offer bikes in various sizes, even for younger children. Guests can explore the reserve on their own, or as a guided activity together with other guests.
Join our guide on a nature drive exploring the western area of the reserve, focussing on the typical Fynbos vegetation. With a bit of luck you may spot Eland, Bontebok, Cape Mountain Zebra, Baboons and Ostrich, as well as other bird species. We sometimes visit the Vlei as well, where you may see flamingos and pelicans.