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De Hoop Nature Reserve—peace, quiet and giants

Read all about my trip to De Hoop in my City Press article, but here are some photos to lure you there...

If you’re looking for perfect peace and quiet, there can be few places in South Africa to match the 1872 Melkkamer Cottage on the far side of the vlei.

De Hoop from the air

Southern right whale and calf in Koppie Alleen bay.

Yes, it is one of the world’s best land-based whale-watching areas, but this marine-protected area is also a World Heritage Site.

A guided marine walk

A magnificent eland bull

Pelicans on the vlei

Checking out a starfish.

Walk along the beach or take a dip in a rock pool.

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Kate Turkington is one of South Africa’s best-known broadcasters, travellers and travel writers. From Tibet to Thailand, Patagonia to Peru, Kashmir to Kathmandu, St Helena to St Albans, the Arctic Circle to Antarctica, like Shakespeare’s Puck she has girdled the world. She continues to travel when and where she can but Johannesburg is home where she writes and blogs in print and on social media.

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