Lekkerwater Beach Lodge
De Hoop Nature Reserve, Garden Route, South Africa
At a Glance
Located in the stunning and lesser visited De Hoop Nature Reserve
The coastline is perfect for land-based whale watching from July to November
- Hikes across the De Hoop Nature Reserve reveal many of the endemic plant species
Arrive on the same day as other guests and leave two days later as friends
Environmentally-friendly, Lekkerwater Beach Lodge works hard to have low impact on the surrounding environment
Best time to Visit
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Summer (November to March) days can get quite warm (up to 28-32 degrees on average) but it is a dry heat. Summer rainfall, normally in the form of thunder storms are usually in the evening, however, the African climate is still always unpredictable. Fall (April to May) days can still be warm but the evenings cool down. Average day time temperature 22-28 degrees. Evenings 10-15 degrees. Winter (June to August) days are warm (temperatures in the mid-twenties) evenings and early mornings very cold with average early morning temperatures 5-12 degrees. It very rarely rains at this time when the bush is golden and dry. Spring (September, October) days start getting hotter, evenings and mornings could still be crisp but not as cold. A very slim chance of rain.
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Due to open in April 2019, Lekkerwater Beach Lodge is the newest addition to the Natural Selection portfolio. Located in the beautiful De Hoop Nature Reserve, this property offers the perfect opportunity to get away from the crowds and get back to nature.
De Hoop Nature Reserve is one of South Africa's best kept secrets, this 34,000-hectare reserve is just over 3-hours drive from Cape Town and offers some incredible scenery from fynbos and beach to wetlands and sand dunes which roll into the Indian Ocean. The property itself will have a prime location set just back from the beach with all seven rooms facing towards the sparkling ocean for unbeatable views. With a guaranteed two-night stay, guests will arrive and leave from Lekkerwater Beach Lodge on the same day to experience the lodge together.
With just seven rooms in total, Lekkerwater Beach Lodge will be an intimate and cosy lodge to provide guests with a comfortable stay and is ideally located to explore all the reserve has to offer. Natural Selection are well known for building and maintaining lodges that are eco-conscious, and Lekkerwater is no different. The lodge has been built on the land that was once used for FW De Klerk's retreat and generates electricity through solar and wind power, along with the use of grey water treatment and a zero single-use plastic policy.
Lekkerwater's prime location along the South African coast means it is the perfect spot to visit from July to November for a spot of land-based whale watching. These magnificent animals migrate and birth along the south coast of South Africa and can often be seen from land. Aside from whale watching, De Hoop is perfect for nature-lovers with a wealth of outdoor activities to enjoy throughout.
Lekkerwater Beach Lodge has just seven rooms in total, including one family unit which includes a second bedroom in the loft. Each room comes with en-suite bathroom facilities, in-room WiFi and charging facilities, as well as hair dryers on request. Rooms are positioned along a stretch of white sand with each fronted by floor-to-ceiling windows which frame a spectacular view of the Indian Ocean. A small veranda provides a peaceful spot to soak up the views and tranquillity of the area. Room interiors will be decorated with earthy tones and a blue color palate along with wood-burning stove to take the chill away on cooler mornings and evenings.
Lekkerwater Beach Lodge welcomes families and children over the age of six.
During a stay at Lekkerwater, guests will be able to enjoy an interactive dining experience in the open kitchen which will offer guests some hearty and delicious food, with ingredients sourced locally. Lekkerwater will also have a swimming pool and plenty of space for guests to relax outside of the rooms.
De Hoop Nature Reserve is the perfect location for those seeking to get back to nature and wanting to get out on foot to explore the diversity of South Africa. With wide open spaces where guests will rarely find other people, De Hoop is best explored on foot. Part of the Cape Floral Kingdom, there are thousands of endemic plant species on the reserve, including the King Protea. To see more of the reserve, nature drives can be arranged with visits to the Potberg Mountains and the Cape vulture colony that lives there. This area of the coast is also well known for year-round dolphin watching and whale watching from July to November. Enjoy exploring the unique marine life along the coast, as well as some beach sundowners to round off an active day.
Location & directions
De Hoop Nature Reserve, Garden Route, South Africa
Lekkerwater Beach House is located a stones throw away from the beach in the stunning De Hoop Nature Reserve.
How to get there
There are two ways to get to Lekkerwater, Guests can either fly into the reserve by a light aircraft flight into an airstrip, taking around 1-hour from Cape Town. Alternatively, it is an easy self-drive option, taking around three hours from Cape Town.