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Ocean House


Ocean House in the Western Cape's 'De Hoop Nature Reserve' can accommodate up to eight adults and four small children (all ages are welcome). 

The beautiful Ocean House operates on an exclusive use basis, so there are never any other guests besides you and those you choose to accompany you. You'll not only have the entire property to yourself, but personal staff to attend to your every whim.

Even more wonderful are the utterly private activities with your personal experts, bringing you the very best that there is to offer at De Hoop Nature Reserve.

There are no set schedules at Ocean House, you are the masters of your stay with us and have complete freedom to do as you wish, when you wish!  

Minimum four adults per night Low Season. Minumum four night stay in peak season. 

Ocean House

The 4 double suites all have their own en suite bathrooms with beautiful glass doors overlooking the ocean

The interior design is inspired by the wonderful  fynbos dunes and is of the the highest quality

Ocean House includes all the same features as those you will find at our other houses situated within the Madikwe Game Reserve : amazing views, top service,  a wide range of activities and  100% privacy

As part of the Morukuru Family Collection Ocean House is booked under the famous Morukuru Freedom Concept : which means, there are no schedules!

A sparkling pool,  delicious food, lovely drinks served by your personal butler, your own private kitchen with chef, open plan lounge areas, dining areas, garden with amazing views, romantic fireplaces & lots more -   Ocean House runs on sustainable green energy and conventional electricity use is limited


A stay at Ocean House is all about RECONNECTING. Family. Friends. Nature. You. 

You will be enjoying the Morukuru Freedom Concept: No schedules. No sharing with other guests and doing whatever you want, whenever you want – Enjoying the amazing surroundings, wining & dining, guided marine walks & hikes, 4x4 fynbos safaris, bicycle rides, tennis, whale watching, bird watching, kids activities ( eg: kite making and flying), historical cave  tours, picnics, star gazing, relaxing by the pool or on the beach by the rock pools.


Ocean House is very child friendly as we welcome children of all ages. We have based our whole ethos around hosting families or groups of close friends. Our junior guests are allowed on nature drives throughout the De Hoop Nature Reserve and are able to enjoy every magical aspect with their parents. Our children receive a Ocean House Kidz Backpack filled with exciting treasures. We offer the service of a Nanny for those parents that wish to have a little time to themselves allowing them to relax knowing their children are being cared for. Children are kept busy with baking, kiddie-adventures, swimming and much more.

Food And Wines

Our chefs are meticulously trained and can provide a wide array of catering options from traditional, formal and nouvelle cuisine to utterly relaxed and casual snacks on demand and everything in between.

We encourage our guests to eat al fresco as much as our beautiful African weather allows and believe that every meal is an occasion. Guests are also able to personally select wines from our wine cellar to accompany and compliment their meals.

Wish List

We encourage guests to complete a Wish List. We can arrange special deliveries for all guests according to their personal wishes noted on their Wish List.  Your wish is our command.  



Located in one of Africa’s most beautiful coastal reserves: the 36 000-ha De Hoop Nature Reserve. Often cited as one of the most beautiful coastal reserves in South Africa, De Hoop offers 51km of pristine white beaches and dunes lapped by a warm Indian Ocean, limestone cliffs, rock pools, wetlands, coastal fynbos and home to more than 260 species of birds. Ocean House also offers a bird’s eye view of the continent’s greatest whale nursery, as Southern Right whales migrate to the shallow coastal basins off the Overberg Coast for the calving and nursing season from mid-July to November. In short, Ocean House offers access to some of the continent’s most undiscovered gems, able to satisfy visitors craving exclusivity, yet providing some of the most productive wildlife interactions in Southern Africa.


De Hoop is reckoned to be the ultimate place in South Africa to see southern right whales. July to September is best  for whale-watching, but you stand a very good chance of a sighting from June to November. 

Rare or endangered animal species in the reserve include the Marine Big 5 as well as the Bontebok and Cape Mountain Zebra. Other animals you may see are Eland, the Cape clawless otter, baboons, rock dassies and the  occasional rooikat (caracal) and Cape leopard.

The reserve is particularly known for its bird population, many of which - such as the endangered Cape  oystercatcher - breed within the reserve. The flora and fauna are impressive too – the fynbos floral kingdom  dominates with 1500 species of plants in the reserve alone – also 86 species of mammal, 260 or more different birds, 14 amphibian and 50 reptile species. 


A typical Mediterranean climate prevails in the region; summers are warm and winters mild. The annual rainfall is  about 380 mm and August is usually the wettest month. Sea mists also occur. The most frequent summer winds are  east, west and southeast, while westerly and south-westerly winds prevail in winter.

Malaria Free Zone

De Hoop Nature Reserve is malaria free. No malaria medication is necessary for your stay at Morukuru Ocean House but we do advise the use of insect repellant during your stay.


Sustainable energy is the sustainable provision of energy that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. Technologies that promote sustainable energy include renewable energy sources, such as hydroelectricity, solar energy, wind energy, wave power, geothermal energy, artificial photosynthesis, and tidal power, and also technologies designed to improve energy efficiency.

Ocean House has been built under the highest care and supports the environment. 

By Air

We offer guest the possibility of getting to and from De Hoop Nature Reserve by private charter flight.

The duration of the flight from Cape Town International Airport to De Hoop Nature Reserve is around 60 minutes. On arrival at the De hoop airstrip, your Ocean House team will be waiting to take you through to your private villa.  

Helicopter transfers can also be arranged should this be a requirement, Ocean House has the use of it's own helicopter platform close to Ocean House itself.

By Road

The De Hoop Reserve is situated just over three hours drive from Cape Town on the world renowned Garden and Whale Routes – an ideal stop en route from the Cape Winelands to Plettenberg Bay. It is in the Overberg region near the southern tip of Africa and can be approached from either Bredasdorp or Swellendam. The Overberg area is characterized by quaint towns, a blossoming wine industry and delicious local dishes. The 36 000 hectares of De Hoop conservation area is a World Heritage Site comprising rich biodiversity and over 70 kilometres of pristine coastline. A 19 km vlei (wetland) stretches across the reserve, which is on the Ramsar list of Wetlands of International Importance.

N.B. The Reserve gates open at 7am and close at 6pm. Gate closes at 7pm on Fridays. Late or early arrivals need to be prebooked and arranged with management. 2WD with higher ground clearance is recommended for the roads inside De Hoop Nature Reserve.