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Lekkerwater Beach Lodge, Western Cape

This off-grid eco-retreat faces a long sandy beach in the beautiful De Hoop Nature Reserve – the ‘jewel of the Western Cape’.

A recent addition to the Natural Selection portfolio, Lekkerwater Beach Lodge finds itself on a private concession within this 34,000-hectare reserve. Sandwiched between land and sea, the lodge itself backs onto lush fynbos vegetation and overlooks a stunning six-kilometre stretch of beach. There are just seven guest rooms here, each with modern, coastal-style interiors, private decks and floor-to-ceiling windows that serve up stunning ocean vistas. A total lack of TVs emphasises Lekkerwater’s focus on ‘the simple pleasures of life’. Meals are served out of an open kitchen around a large communal dining table.

Just three hours from Cape Town, the De Hoop Nature Reserve is a designated Marine Protected Area and one of the finest places in the world for land-based whale watching. Expert naturalist are also on hand to lead birdwatching excursions through the lush interior, as well as explorations of reserve’s rich natural history, from the endemic fynbos to the fascinating inter-tidal ecosystems. 

Lekkerwater Beach Lodge, at a glance

  • Located three hours from Cape Town in a remote part of the 34,000-hectare De Hoop Nature Reserve 
  • Seven off-grid suites with bright, breezy, coastal-style interiors 
  • All suites have private decks and floor-to-ceiling windows with beautiful ocean views
  • Ensuite bathrooms with indoor ‘in-suite’ showers
  • Wood-burning stoves deliver warmth in the winter months 
  • Main lodge with a wrap-around deck, open kitchen and large, communal dining table 

For leisure and pleasure

  • Outstanding land-based whale watching opportunities
  • Excellent birdwatching, with more than 260 species recorded in the area 
  • Unique land-based marine safaris with expert naturalists to explore the rock pools and thriving inter-tidal ecosystem of this coastline 
  • Daily nature walks to discover the reserve’s myriad species of fynbos 
  • Private beach picnics and romantic sundowners atop the dunes 
  • Swimming pool 
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  • Gemma took on board all I asked for and arranged a fantastic itinerary. She was always prompt and professional both in planning the holiday and during the very circumstances of Covid. We would not hesitate to come back to The Ultimate Travel Company.

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    TS, August 2020