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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.

Her weekly Sunday night three-hour live Talk Radio 702 / CapeTalk talkshow, Believe It Or Not, which came to an end in early 2013 was South Africa’s longest-running radio talkshow with the same host in the same time slot. She continues to broadcast as a regular guest on travel shows where she talks about the when, where, why, what and how of travel both locally and internationally from her vast personal experience. She also blogs for several travel websites.

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