Where to stay

 

The Merrell Whale of Trail entry fee is exclusive of accommodation – which gives you the freedom to book a bed that suits your needs and pocket! On a first-come-first-book type basis, and with roughly four months to go before the 2018 Whale of Trail, accommodation options are dwindling. Don’t be caught having to sleep in your car, which a) is never recommended before a 53km ultra and b) isn’t actually allowed, and book your spot now! Choose from these options still *available.

 

Staying at De Hoop Nature Reserve

Your best option would be to stay inside the reserve at the De Hoop Collection, as not only do they offer special rates for Whale of Trail runners and supporters, but it’s also located either at or close to the reception and race village area. These are the options still *available:

2 x Equipped cottages (sleep 4/6)

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. You can book a room (as per pricing below) or better still, get some running buddies and book the whole cottage.

  • Cost: R1224 per room per night
  • For more information and to book, send an email here

1 x Opstal House (sleep six in three rooms)

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 showers and a bath, with a separate toilet. Prices are per room, so if you don’t like sharing with strangers, convince your friends or family to join and make a weekend of it!

  • Cost: R1320 per room per night
  • For more information and to book, send an email here

6 x De Hoop Villages (sleep six in three bedrooms)

The cottages are whitewash-walled fisherman-style houses characteristic of the Western Cape Coast. Ideal for a family or group wanting to tackle the Whale of Trail! There are both catered and self catering options available.

  • Cost: R1224 per room per night (R950 per night for the bunk bed room)
  • For more information and to book, send an email here

1 x Otter Suites (sleeps two in one room)

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.Set amongst a dazzling array of wildlife and fynbos, this suite is perfect if you’re looking for some peace and quiet and to be a little bit removed from the race village (but still close enough to walk).
The Otter suites consist of well-appointed accommodation which sleep 2 people with en suite bathroom.

  • Cost: R3288 per night for 2 people including breakfast
  • For more information and to book, send an email here

1 x Large room in the Opstal Manor House

The Opstal Manor House is a beautiful original home which has been restored to its former glory. Rooms are rented out individually, and there is only one left!  If you’re keen for extra comfort and to stay right next to the race village (think extremely short walk to dinner), then this is for you.

  • Cost: R3288 per night for 2 people including breakfast
  • For more information and to book, send an email here.

Glamping (NEW)

For the outdoor adventurists that love camping, but hate the thought of your tiny two man tent at the end of a tough ultra, the Glamping option is for you. Camp in luxury in the new tented accommodation, each stand-up tent complete with two beds, cotton linen, plush duvet and pillow, bedside tables and lamps, 3mx6m ground cover and two chairs.  You’ll still need to make use of the public ablution blocks, but they’re clean and serviced daily – so no drama there.

  • Cost: R1300/tent/min two nights
  • For more information and to book, send an email here.

Camping pitches

For the outdoor adventurists and camping enthusiasts, De Hoop Collection also offers tranquil campsites along the vlei. A five-minute walk from De Hoop Collection reception and the race village, the campsites are private and have access to clean, decent ablution blocks. Bring your own camping gear!

  • Cost: R325/campsite
  • For more information and to book, send an email here

Dorms

Roughly 40 minutes in a different direction (to Melkkamer House) from the De Hoop Collection reception area and race village, and still inside the Reserve, is Potberg Environmental Centre. This year the team from Mountain Runner Events has arranged to make the dorm beds in the centre available to runners and supporters. Not only is it fantastically affordable, it’s also the ‘sleep in’ option as it’s situated on the start line, diminishing the need to catch the 4am busses from De Hoop Collection. Of course, to get home after the run you’ll have to arrange to leave at least one car at the race village! It sleeps 40 people in two large dorms, has hot showers, a microwave, fridge, stove and braai area – utensils and pots and pans are available on request. Pack your own bedding and basic utensils.

  • Cost: R200/person/night
  • For more information and to book, send an email here.

 

*Disclaimer – all information regarding accommodation based inside De Hoop Nature Reserve confirmed mid-May 2018 and is subject to change without notice. 

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