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Cape Times – January 2014 – De Hoop Marine Protected Area

A little article of mine about De Hoop's Marine Protected Area off the southern coast of Africa. One of the most impressive and well-studied ocean environments, this MPA is the site of the longest running fish tagging study in the world. Led by Colin Attwood from University of Cape Town, the study has set the standard for other MPAs around the world, proving to the skeptical fishermen that if we look after our shoreline environments, they will look after us!

Days 69-70 – YITW 2013-14 – De Hoop’s fish study helping to save SA’s marine life

Most visitors to De Hoop are bowled over by the superb scenery.

Located just to the east of the southern-most tip of Africa, this CapeNature protected area comprises both terrestrial and marine habitats. It's extremely photogenic, with blinding-white sanddunes, turquoise-emerald water, secluded coves, wild beaches, and flowering fynbos. Then there's the De Hoop Vlei, one of the
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Cape Times Newspaper – November 2011 – De Hoop Nature Reserve

My fifth column for the Cape Times, on CapeNature's De Hoop Nature Reserve, published in November 2011. (1MB size). Also check out the online version on the Cape Times/IOL website.

Leaving De Hoop on a high note!

We are sad to leave De Hoop. Like all of the wild places I’ve been, I’m always reluctant to leave. It seems like the more you find out about the wildlife, the plants, the people, the history…the more you want to learn. And I think you always leave a little bit of yourself at every special place.

I spent the second last day with Adriaan Witbooi – known to everyone at De Hoop as “Ad”. He’s
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Passionate people at De Hoop

Yesterday evening, Thandi and I went for a superb walk on the coastline near Koppie Alleen with Dalfrenzo Laing, one of the expert guides here at De Hoop. He's simply brilliant...full of information and knowledge, funny and chatty.

And his personal story is inspiring.  He was working as a petrol pump attendant in Napier, a town about a hundred kays from De Hoop Nature Reserve. About three years ago, he was retrenched ("I was the
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Vultures! And the never-ending wonders of fynbos at De Hoop

Yesterday we again visited the eastern sector of De Hoop Nature Reserve. We had our video expert Timmy Henny with us, and we were hoping to get some footage of the Cape Vultures.

We hiked a short distance up the Potberg mountain, which has good views over down the mountain to the coast. The fynbos in the eastern part of De Hoop is simply WOW! It’s definitely worth visiting the so-called
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