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About this information
All the information on this page is supplied to us directly from the lodge owner and reflects their view, not ours.
For Expert Africa's view, see our own full report on The Opstal, which contains our own observations and views.
- Last updated by Owner
- 22 Jul 2020
Facilities at The Opstal
- Property facilities
- Bar, Barbeque Facilities, Internet Access (Complimentary), Laundry Service (Available), Malaria Free, Pool, Restaurant
- Room facilities
- Bath, Fridge, Hair Dryer, Shower, Tea / Coffee
- Activities on site
- Bird Watching, Boules, Cycling, Fine Dining, Game Viewing, Tennis Court, Walks (Guided), Walks (Self Guided), Whale Watching
- Nearby activities
- Beach, Boat Cruises, Boating, Canoeing, Child Friendly Activities, Cycling, Fishing, Hiking, Marine Adventures, Shark Cage Diving, Tennis Court, Walks (Guided), Whale Watching, Wine Tasting
- Afrikaans, English, Xhosa
Room types at The Opstal
Campsite Rondawels at the Opstal
These 5 Campsite Rondawels are thatched cottages with 2 beds with outdoor shared showers and toilets. Perfect for guests looking for simple and affordable accommodation with a braai area, but no other kitchen facility.
De Hoop Village at the Opstal
The cottages are whitewash-walled fisherman-style houses characteristic of the Western Cape Coast. Ideal for a family and friends getaway, the cottages are well appointed and provide guests with a home-from-home setting. Catered and self catered options available. Fully equipped kitchen. Shower only.
Melkkamer Foremans Cottage
The Melkkamer Foremans Cottage is charming and tucked away amongst the milkwood trees. It is a short walk from the vlei and the Melkkamer Manor House. It has three bedrooms, open plan sitting room with dining room and fully equipped kitchen and barbecue area. Fully equipped kitchen. Bath only. Outside Shower.
Melkkamer Manor House
This beautiful remote, old stone Manor House comprises four magnificently appointed bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms. Guests have the choice of self catering or the luxury of an onsite chef with fully catered meals. We also offer the option of a guide for birding, vlei and marine walks.
Melkkamer Manor House is the perfect destination for discerning guests who seek the privacy of sole-use villa accommodation. Fully equipped kitchen. Showers and Baths.
Melkkamer Vlei Cottage
The lovely old stone cottage overlooks the stunning De Hoop vlei. It has four beautifully appointed bedrooms with 2 separate bathrooms. There is a separate sitting room, dining area with fully equipped kitchen and a cosy fireplace. Paraffin lamplight and firelight add to the romance of the location, where there is no electricity. Fully equipped kitchen. Showers only.
Opstal Cloete Cottage
The Opstal Cloete Cottage is a brand new suite situated between the Fig Tree and Cloete Suites. It is a lovely private suite decorated in luxury and is only a short walk from the Fig Tree Restaurant. This suite sleeps 2 people and has one bedroom with en-suite bathroom (shower & bath). The accommodation is catered for as it has no cooking facilities. Dinner and breakfast is included and served in The Fig Tree Restaurant.
Opstal Cloete Suites
The Cloete Suites are situated in the Opstal area within close proximity to the Fig Tree Restaurant. Two of the suites (1 & 2) have a view of the grasslands where bontebok, eland and mountain zebra amongst others can be seen grazing, while Cloete Suites 3 & 4 have a spectacular view of the old majestic fig trees in the courtyard. Each suite is beautifully decorated and has a seating area and an en-suite bathroom with bath and shower. Cloete Suite 1 has a lovely fireplace for those chilly winter nights.
Opstal Dassie Suite
The New Dassie Suite has a fabulous view of the vlei. This Suite is perfectly positioned to view the birdlife and majestic sunsets your veranda. Wake up to the sound of the birds from the Vlei and the chance of Otter sightings from your room. The Dassie suite consist of luxury accommodation which sleeps 2 people with en suite bathroom. The Suite includes a sitting area and cosy fireplace for winter. Meals are included on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis. No cooking facilities. Shower and bath.
Opstal Equipped Cottages
These cottages have fully equipped kitchens, comfortable bedrooms and bathrooms supplied with fresh linen and towels. These well-appointed cottages are a stylish and affordable option in the hub of the reserve. Shower only.
Opstal Fig Tree Suite
The newly built Figtree Suite is set in the courtyard with its magnificent Wild Fig Trees. It is an upmarket suite with en-suite bathroom and sleeps 2 guests on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis.
The Figtree Suite is connected to the larger Opstal area including the Fig Tree Restaurant. No cooking facilities. Bath and Shower.
These 3-bedroomed houses are set in amongst the Milkwood trees near the opstal area. They have spacious bedrooms, separate sitting room and dining room with a fully equipped kitchen. Bathrooms are equipped with both shower and a bath, with a separate toilet. These houses are well appointed and perfect for families or groups of friends. Catered and self catered options available.
Opstal Manor House
The Opstal Manor House is a beautiful original home which has been restored to its former glory. Rooms can be rented out individually, or all 3 rooms within the Manor House can be booked for Exclusive Use. No cooking facilities. There are 2 large suites and 1 small room. The small room is suitable for children only. All rooms are en-suite.
Opstal Otter Suites
The 3 newly renovated Otter Suites are positioned close to the serene De Hoop Vlei. Wake up to the sound of the birds and the chance of Otter sightings near your room. The Otter suites consist of well-appointed accommodation which sleep 2 people with en suite bathroom. Meals are included on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis. No cooking facilities. Bath only.
Opstal Stable Suite
The Opstal Stable Suite is a luxury suite that sleeps 2 people with one bedroom and en-suite bathroom, on a dinner, bed and breakfast rate. The Opstal Stable Suite is connected to the larger Opstal area including the Fig Tree Restaurant. No cooking facilities. Shower and bath.
Opstal Vlei Cottages
These beautiful thatched 2 bedroomed cottages have a living area with well-equpped kitchen and cosy fireplace, bathroom serviced with linen and towels. Catered and self catered options available. The 3 cottages are named Hoepoe, Pelican and Fish Eagle. Fully equipped kitchen. Shower only.
Opstal Vlei Suite
The Opstal Vlei Suite has a fantastic view of the vlei. The Luxury bedroom, sleeps 2 people has one bedroom with en-suite bathroom, on a dinner,bed and breakfast basis. The Opstal Stables are connected to the larger Opstal area including the Fig Tree Restaurant. No cooking facilities. Shower and Bath.
Activities at The Opstal
Guided Bird Walk
A wonderful walking experience with a qualified field guide focused on the identification and behaviour of the prolific birdlife found in De Hoop Nature Reserve. Length of walk dependent on fitness levels of participants. Summer and Winter times.
Guided Eco Vlei Boat Cruise
Explore the Vlei and enjoy bird, game, otter and even porcupine sightings with our eco cruise experience. Cruises are held twice daily in the morning and afternoon. Morning Cruises include tea, coffee as well as pastries and croissants with jam and cheese. Guests opting for the evening cruise can enjoy house wines, local beers, juices and savoury snacks. Please note that this excludes spirits and speciality wines.
Guided Mountain Bike Trail
Get the chance to cycle among herds of eland, bontebok and other game species with a qualified field guide who will share his knowledge of less obvious natural and historical aspects of De Hoop.
Guided Nature Drive
Experience the Pristine Fynbos and Wildlife on the reserve from an open safari vehicle. A qualified field guide will interpret rare and endangered species including Bontebok and Cape Mountain Zebra. The drive will encompass some of the beautiful scenic areas of the wetland and there will be opportunity for viewing and identifying some of the Birdlife occurring in the reserve. Rate includes sundowners with snacks, soft drinks, local beers & house wines. Maximum 8 guests.
Guided Vulture Experience
Adventure out to the cliffs of Potberg Mountain to view endangered Cape Vultures – the Western Cape’s last surviving colony of these amazing birds. Depart from the Opstal Area in the morning(times vary according to seasons) with your guide for a scenic drive through endangered fynbos. Once at Potberg, guests will hike (+-1 hour) up to the Vulture Deck to watch the vultures swoop and soar above. Rate includes your packed picnic presented in a backpack for you to carry. Suited to Guests aged 12 and over. Minimum of 2 guests, maximum of 10. Prior arrangement & booking essential. Day visitors welcome. (Approx. 3 hours)
Interpretive Marine Walk
A walking trail exploring coastal rock pools and sandy beaches while a qualified guide points out interesting marine life forms. Also a great way to experience the Southern Right Whales in the bay between June and December. Depart an hour before low tide from the meeting tree. Times of daily low tide should be confirmed with reception.
Other lodges in De Hoop Nature Reserve
Alternative places to stay in this same area.