The Whale Coast

Morukuru Ocean House


A coastal escape

Escape to your own four-bedroom oceanfront home in the beautiful De Hoop Nature Reserve.

With 51km of warm Indian Ocean waters lapping at the untouched white sand beaches, De Hoop has gained the reputation of being among the most exquisite coastal reserves in South Africa. Go exploring and you’ll also discover rock pools, wetlands, limestone cliffs, fragrant coastal fynbos and more than 260 species of birds.

The house can accommodate eight adults and four children under the age of 16. There are four double rooms with their own en-suite bathrooms and glass doors that look out over the ocean. The study annex children’s bedroom can sleep up to four children, but does not have its own bathroom. Children will have to share the bathroom in their parents’ room. There’s a TV and Playstation in the study, as well as a variety of boardgames. The interiors have been inspired by the surrounding fynbos and dunes, making for a pleasant place to relax.

If you’re staying between mid-July and November, you’ll get to marvel at Africa’s greatest whale nursery as southern right whales congregate in the shallow basins off the Overberg Coast to calve and nurse. You can watch them blowing, breaching and belly-flopping from the comfort of the viewing deck, or from down on the dunes.

During your stay you are not governed by a schedule, with total freedom to choose what you want to do and when. Your private kitchen comes with a chef who will prepare delicious meals for you, and your personal butler will be on hand to serve you refreshing drinks. What’s more, Morukuru Ocean House runs on sustainable green energy.


At a glance

  • Four en suite bedrooms

  • Hot tub

  • Swimming pool

  • Private guide, chef and host team

De hoop nature reserve


  • Morukuru Ocean House Whale Watching

    Land-based whale watching

    Thanks to the southern right whales, De Hoop Reserve has become one of the world’s most popular land-based whale watching areas. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an important nursery for these endangered mammals. From July to November they swim close so close to the shore that you can watch them from the viewing deck or the dunes. Your guide will be able to show you the best viewing spots and tell you all about the whales.

  • Morukuru Ocean House Walking

    Fynbos walks and drives

    On these walks or drives you’ll get to discover the flowers and stunning wilderness of De Hoop. Your private guide will ensure that this informative fynbos safari experience is fun and interesting for your whole family.

  • Morukuru Ocean House Sea

    Star gazing

    As the sun sinks below the horizon you’ll notice the stars beginning to come out. Surrounded by silence, you can marvel at the depths of the inky black skies and the playground of twinkling lights above you.


As guardians of this peace of paradise, the Morukuru Family De Hoop endeavour to reduce our footprint on the planet. Energy Usage Both Morukuru Beach Lodge and Morukuru Ocean House are 100% off the national electrical grid. We generate all our electricity using 192 solar panels, which saves approximately 70,000kg of carbon emissions each year. LED lighting is used throughout the property. All appliances are super energy efficient and have the A+++ rating. This ensures that we do not waste any energy on tasks such as washing linen or refrigerating food. Diesel used in vehicles is sourced from reputable suppliers and is made from recycled cooking oil from local restaurants and hotels.

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