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De Hoop is undoubtedly one of the most magnificent coastal reserves in Africa and Lekkerwater Beach Lodge lies within this reserve overlooking the Indian Ocean and an exclusive six kilometre stretch of untouched beach.

Steeped in history, its peaceful seclusion and natural beauty led ex-President FW de Klerk to choose this location for his ‘Camp David.’ It is also located within the famous Southern Cape Coastline Region where recent discoveries are putting this as the birth place of modern man nearly 100,000 years ago.


From July to November, Southern Right whales and their offspring flock here in their hundreds from Antarctica. Year round pods of bottlenose dolphin are also to be seen as well as all sorts of marine life in this, making Lekkerwater the ultimate land-based marine safari.


Activities include walks with experienced naturalists, an array of fynbos to be discovered, tidal walks to the caves and rock pools and a plethora of marine life to be explored.


Chris and Monique recently visted Lekkerwater. Read all about their experience.


Having just been voted one of TIME Magazine’s 2019 World’s Greatest Places it is a must visit location!



There are 2 and 3 and 4 night stays available with guaranteed departures every second day.

Arrival & Departure: Guests should arrive at the lodge car park for 14h00; Departure time from the lodge is scheduled for 10h30


The itinerary below is an outline of what could happen during your stay at Lekkerwater Beach Lodge. The order in which the activities are experienced may vary depending on the weather, at the time of year you visit and the tides.

Day 1

Today, you will arrive at Lekkerwater Beach Lodge located in the eastern, most exclusive section of De Hoop Nature Reserve.

The drive from Cape Town Airport will take you around 3 and a bit hours (longer from Cape Town and less from the winelands) and we ask that you aim to arrive at around 2pm but remember to leave time for a leisurely lunch en-route – there are lots of quaint little “dorpies” like Napier and Swellendam to choose from.


You’ll enter the De Hoop Reserve via the Potberg Gate and drive a further 13km to the Lekkerwater car park. We will meet you here and drive you to the lodge itself in our 4x4 Land Rovers. It’s on this drive, over the winding tracks and up a steep hill, that you will glimpse the lodge for the first time – seven chalets positioned mere metres from the ocean on a stretch of pristine, white sand.


After settling into your room and taking a moment to breathe in the sea air, welcome drinks are served on beach. It is here that you’ll start to get to know your fellow guests, your guides and hosts.

All our wines are sourced locally and each one of our house wines tells a different story – as we say in South Africa, “local is lekker!”

Lekkerwater is run as a home-from-home where just about everything is included so leave your wallet in your room-safe and help yourself!


The night ends with a scrumptious dinner either under the stars on the deck or in the main area, followed by stories round the fire before you fall into bed, accompanied by the sounds of the crashing waves.

Day 2

Today is for exploring the rolling mountains and ravines, the beach and the surrounding rocks, pools and flora. There is the option to join a guided fynbos walk or you may also wish to explore yourself and wander along the sand or on land to see what you can find.


De Hoop forms part of the Cape Floral Kingdom, a World Heritage Site of close on 9000 plant species, with De Hoop alone boasting around 1,500 species of plants & flowers - and 50 of those species are found nowhere else in the world!


Our beach activities are focused around low tide when the rock pools and bays along the coastline expose themselves, and no two days are ever the same. When low tide arrives, don your ‘booties’ and wade amongst the vibrant marine life of De Hoop Marine Protected Area, a sanctuary where no fishing is allowed and fish stocks are as they should be.


The reserve is home to an extremely high proportion of South Africa’s national fish, Galjoen or black bream, which has been fished out in much of the country, as well as schools of multi-coloured fish both big and small.


Lunch will be served at the main area overlooking the ocean. An interactive, open kitchen is at the heart of the lodge and just about all our food is locally sourced, along with our wines. In the afternoon, continue your exploration of the beach or pull up a chair and keep your eyes peeled for the dolphins and whales that De Hoop is famous for. The reserve has some of the best land-based whale watching in the world and from July to November you can watch southern right whales, as well as the less common Bryde’s whales and perhaps even migrating humpbacks. And if you’re visiting at a different time of year, fear not, for dolphins and bait fish (and their predators) are present year-round and you’ll be able to spot them cresting the waves, often from between your toes from your bedroom.

 This evening, weather permitting, dinner will be served braai-style on the beach with your toes in the sand and the stars above you.

Day 3

There is plenty of time this morning for a last wander into the nearby ravines and caves or along the beach to catch sight of the dolphins. Otherwise, settle into an armchair, grab a pair of binos and enjoy the happenings right in front of you.

Brunch will be served in the late morning, after which we will transfer you back to your vehicle for your onward journey.


A full list of activities available include:

• One of the most spectacular beach destinations in South Africa.

• Nature and fynbos walks.

• Whale watching (July to November)

• Dolphin watching (year-round)

• Drives to the Cape Vulture colony.

• Marine explorations and tidal walks to the caves and rockpools.

• Learn about the history of the area.

• Beach sundowners.



Lekkerwater Beach Lodge is located in De Hoop Nature Reserve about halfway between Cape Town and Plettenberg Bay/Knysna on the world-famous Garden Route.

The drive takes around three (and a bit!) hours from Cape Town, via Bredasdorp or Swellendam. The lodge is around 65 kilometres from each.

Guests are able to self-drive to the Reserve and arrive via the park headquarters at the Potberg Gate where there is a dedicated parking area for vehicles, around 6 kilometres from the lodge. Please note that if you are arriving by car, the park gates closes at 16h00 sharp – don’t be late!

Directions are available from Cape Town, Plettenberg Bay and Knysna.

Please also contact us for private transfers.



The Lodge and Accommodation

Lekkerwater offers a homely and comfortable beach experience in a magical setting.

The seven rooms are positioned along a six-kilometre stretch of pristine white sanded beach complete with stunning rock pools and fish life.

Spectacular vistas take centre stage and each room is fronted by floor-to-ceiling glass windows that overlook the Indian Ocean and marine life ahead.

Each is positioned perfectly for a unique view over the surroundings, and small verandas outside provide the perfect spot to soak up the magic. Inside, the rooms take inspiration from the natural beauty of the reserve and are earthy and comfortable. A wood-burning stove takes away the chill in the winter mornings and evenings and each has an ensuite bathroom with amenities.

At the main area, expect the same fabulous views and a wraparound deck from which to enjoy them from. An interactive, open kitchen is at the heart of the lodge and guests will dine, family-style, at the indoor tables or outside, feet-in-the-sand style, on the beach.


Why book Lekkerwater

  • Journey through time in one of the most historic and scenically beautiful locations on the African continent.
  • Learn about the marine life, fynbos and pristine environment of the unusual reserve.
  • Eat dinner on the beach with the sand between your toes and the region’s finest wines on the table. There certainly aren’t many places to enjoy this in South Africa…
  • Experience some of the world’s best land-based whale watching straight from your bedroom.
  • Enjoy staying in a cosy and intimate lodge. Here, you will arrive as strangers and depart as friends.


At a Glance

  • 7 rooms: 6 twin/double, 1 family unit with a second loft bedroom.
  • Ensuite bathrooms with indoor showers.
  • Wifi available: In room only (please note: there is limited phone signal at De Hoop).
  • Hairdryers: We try to encourage guests to enjoy the natural look! Hairdryers only available on request.
  • Battery charging facilities: In room.
  • Child policy: we welcome children aged 6 years and older. For children under 6, please contact us for details.
  • Disabled access: please enquire with reservations.


When to go:

Lekkerwater Beach Lodge is a genuine, year-round destination. There is something special happening at any time of year and its privacy along 5km of pristine and well-protected coastline, combined with its extraordinary location, makes it one off the planet’s best coastal retreats. It’s not surprising that Time Magazine selected the lodge as one of the world’s top 100 must-visit destinations!

During our summer months (November to April), the days are long, sunny and warm and the blue skies stretch as far as the eye can see. It is a wonderful time to swim at low tides, stroll on the beach and in the hills – and enjoy the long, lazy summer evenings.

The winter season brings the first whales that usually begin to arrive in the bay in front of Lekkerwater in late May or June. The whale watching season can stretch all the way to November, but the best months are considered to be August, September and October, when there can be anything from 300 to 1100 whales present in the De Hoop Bay. It is over this period that some of the best whale viewing happens from between one’s toes from the comfort of your bed. The winter days are shorter and perhaps a little cooler, but this certainly doesn’t detract from the activities and experience on offer – and nothing a jacket can’t fix!

Marine life (including inquisitive octopuses) in the intertidal zone of the Marine Protected Area is ever present and time spent watching dolphins from the verandas is magical. Walks along the rolling, fynbos-covered hills and ravines are always interesting, and eland are often spotted, as are bontebok and ostrich. This is one of the few places on the planet where fresh leopard tracks are sometimes seen on the beaches. Another highlight is a visit to one of the many caves in the area with shell middens and other evidence of our early ancestors. There are also a number of birding highlights including the chance to spot blue crane, South Africa’s national bird, and the Western Cape’s only thriving Cape Vulture colony in the cliffs of the Potberg mountains.



Shoulder Season (17 April to 12 July 2020): R3,800 per person sharing per night.

High Season (13 July to 19 December 2020; 6 January to 11 April 2021): R6,900 per person sharing per night.

Peak Season (20 December to 5 January 2021) R9,500 per person sharing per night

Single Supplement: R1900 per person per night.


What’s included?

All meals, daily activities and lodge-selected alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. If you have something particular you would like to drink, please bring it with you!


What’s not included?

  • Flights
  • The cost of getting to Lekkerwater Beach Lodge’s car park, road transfers from De Hoop airstrip in the west of the reserve (about an hour’s drive away)
  • Premium brand beverages
  • Tips & gratuities
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Laundry Facilities are not available as all laundry is done off site.
  • Park fees. R50 per person per night will need to be paid in cash at the park gate upon entering the reserve – there are no credit card facilities available.


Child Policy

Children 6 and above are welcome

Children aged 12 and under are charged 50% of the adult rate per night (sharing with adults)

Children 13 years and over charged full adult rate


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