Morukuru Ocean House
Deep within the 36,000 hectare De Hoop Nature Reserve on the Overberg Coast, Morukuru Ocean House sits in complete privacy. The reserve is comprised largely of coastal fynbos, and its major features are a low ridge along its northern edge and large sand dunes parallel to the ocean. Cleverly hidden from view in the dunes, Ocean House has a spectacular setting just above the beach in one of the best whale watching locations on earth.
Accommodation & Facilities
Morukuru Ocean House is taken on an exclusive basis, and can sleep up to 12 guests in four main en-suite rooms and a further room ‘ ideal for children ‘ with bunk beds. The main bedrooms all have expansive views to the ocean below, huge bathrooms, and plenty of space. Each has an individual colour scheme, all designed to bring life and warmth to the rooms and the views. The house has a beautiful central dining room, plenty of space to relax in comfortable armchairs and sofas, and a top floor bar and lounge that have the best views of all. At the back of the house behind the main dining room is an outside dining area with a barbecue and a heated pool. From this area you can see straight through the house to the ocean beyond. Ocean House also has an interactive kitchen and a wine cellar. As part of the owner’s efforts to make the house as sustainable and low impact as possible Morukuru Ocean House is run entirely on solar energy, and part of the building has been planted with fynbos species to create a living roof.
Wildlife & Activities
The ocean along the 51 kilometres of De Hoop’s shore is a protected marine reserve for five kilometres out to sea, and as a result Ocean House is one of the best places on earth for land based whale watching. The shallow, protected waters below the house act as a huge whale nursery where Southern right whales come to give birth. On land De Hoop is one of the best places to see the endangered bontebok, and guests have the use of a private vehicle and guide during their stay, ideal for nature drives exploring the huge reserve. Guided bush walks, mountain biking, sand boarding, and bush meals are also on offer, and the rock pooling at low tide is excellent as well. The brave and hardy can also swim in the sea if they really must.