We believe holidays should be about relaxing, recharging and reconnecting but that doesn’t mean you can’t get moving and stay active. When travelling it can be a challenge keeping up your exercise routine but we suggest you look beyond the gym and take up any of our personalised, complimentary activities and stay on the move at Morukuru Family De Hoop.
Walking has many well known health benefits and is a great activity suitable for the whole family. How about a guided marine walk? Get down to the beach and discover the amazing marine life in and around the rockpools. Our team can help you spot a variety of species including hermit crabs, starfish, octopus, mussels, sea cucumber and sea & sand anemone.
Snorkeling in the protected rock poolsis another excellent option for adults and kids. Don’t worry about equipment as we providemasks, snorkels and water shoes in all sizes. Families can get competitive with some good old-fashioned beach games like volleyball,cricket and croquet plus kids can also get creative with some kite making and flying.
During your stay with us you will bound to be in great spirits but if you need a mood boost, a fynbos adventure will be just the ticket – getting outside and active is known to improve temperament. Tailor-made just for you, our guided fynbos hikes last between 1 – 3 hours, during which you will get an introduction to the diversity and beauty of the indigenous vegetation found in De Hoop Nature Reserve. There are over 1500 species of fynbos to identify! A fynbos expedition is also a brilliant opportunity to get in some bird watching as the reserve is home to over 260 species including the endangered African Black Oystercatcher.
If you feel like taking it up a gear or two mountain bikingis the perfect way to explore the area around our properties and the greater reserve. Bikes and equipment are provided and our trained staff can guide you along different routes.
Add wildlife spotting to the agenda with a 4 x 4 nature drive. These drives allow you to get deeper into the De Hoop Nature Reserve and look out for rare animals like Bontebok and Cape Mountain Zebra and spot other animals like Eland, the Cape clawless otter, baboons, rock dassies and the occasional rooikat (caracal) and elusive Cape Leopard.
Whale season (July – October) offers world-renown whale watching opportunities. Why not include a walk on the sand dunes, looking out at the Indian Ocean with Southern Right whales and dolphins in sight?
Carve up the dunes and rule the sand! Try your hand at dune boarding which is exhilarating, fast fun as well as being super-safe with sit down options on offer. Experts tell us it is easier than snowboarding, wakeboarding and surfingand the most fun you can have in the pearly white sand of De Hoop.
You will definitely work up an appetite by participating in any of these glorious outdoor activities meaning a picnic to refuel will be required. Our team can create an al fresco feast catered to your specific needs, showcasing any number of splendid settings, superior service and the freshest of seasonal produced.