Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

Immersed In Nature

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve pairs five-star accommodation with the splendours of the Cape Floral Kingdom and the southern tip of Africa’s incredible marine life. Two luxury lodges with breathtaking views of Walker Bay have amenities that include world-class fine-dining restaurants, a wellness spa and outdoor swimming pools. The lodges’ one and two-bedroom suites are freestanding, providing unsurpassed views and total tranquillity at Grootbos. For larger groups, families and those guests seeking total privacy, Grootbos presents two exclusive-use villas with lavish personalised service amenities. Explore the natural landscape in and around Grootbos with a variety of guided nature experiences, most of which are included in your stay. Beyond being a world-class eco-reserve, Grootbos is an award-winning pioneer in sustainable tourism, practising a core philosophy of conservation linked with social development.

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About

About

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Grootbos Private Nature Reserve is an award-winning pioneer in progressive tourism that was established by Michael Lutzeyer in 1994.
 
The reserve is set on 2,500-hectares in the smallest of the six recognised floral kingdoms of the world, the Cape Floral Kingdom. This wondrous destination provides a unique opportunity to immerse oneself in the fynbos, and milkwood forests that feature over 800 plant species while observing the birds and animals that live in them.

All accommodation at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve has been designed to complement the pristine natural setting, while never compromising on style or luxury. 

Garden Lodge

Garden Lodge 

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Garden Lodge, at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, exudes a welcoming atmosphere that invites you to feel at home from the moment you first arrive.

Garden Lodge Amenities:

  • Reception
  • Gift Shop
  • Restaurant
  • Lounge 
  • Barista Bar
  • Boma
  • Wellness Salon
  • Library
  • Swimming Pool
  • Children’s Recreational Space
  • Parking
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Garden Lodge Luxury Suites

(sleeps two to four)

Garden Lodge Luxury Suites offer a peaceful vantage point to enjoy the endless views from your private deck.

The 11, one and two-bedroom, free-standing suites provide luxurious amenities and essentials that include:

  • Wi-Fi
  • TV
  • Mini-Bar
  • Beverage Station
  • Air Conditioner
  • Underfloor Heating
  • Indoor Fireplace
  • Guest Toiletries
  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry (guest’s account)
  • Wall Safe
  • Secure Parking
Forest Lodge

Forest Lodge

Forest Lodge is a masterpiece of sophisticated and contemporary design reflecting the breathtaking natural beauty of the surrounding landscape at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve.

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  • Reception
  • Gift Shop
  • Forest Lodge Restaurant
  • Wine Dining Room
  • Boma
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool 
  • Secure Parking

Forest Lodge Luxury Suites

(sleeps two)

The 16, one-bedroom, free-standing suites provide luxurious amenities and essentials that include:

  • Wi-Fi
  • TV
  • Mini-Bar
  • Beverage Station
  • Air Conditioner
  • Underfloor Heating
  • Indoor Fireplace
  • Guest Toiletries
  • Wall Safe
  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry (guest’s account)
  • Secure Parking
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Included in Your Stay at Forest and Garden Lodge:

  • Welcome Drink (on arrival)
  • 5-Star Accommodation
  • Lodge Facilities (full access)
  • Breakfast Buffet (with a full English breakfast menu)
  • 3-Course Lunch Menu
  • 5-Course Dinner Menu
  • Fresh Fruit Basket (daily in-suite)
  • Nature Walks
  • Horse Riding (on the reserve)
  • 4x4 Flower Safaris
  • Birding Tours
  • Beach Picnics 
  • Coastal Tours
  • Cave Tours
  • Mountain Biking
  • Land-based Whale Watching Tours (June to December)
  • Transfers (to and from reserve activities)

Additional Tours and Services (guest's account):

  • Spa Treatments
  • Horse Riding (beach rides)
  • Ocean Safari (Marine Big 5 Tour)
  • Shark Cage Diving 
  • Whale Watching (boat-based)
  • Wine Tours
  • Quad Biking Tours
  • Fat Biking 
  • Lady Stanford River Cruise 
  • The southern tip of Africa Tour
  • Scenic Flights (whale watching, Cape Point, Southern Tip of Africa, Winelands, etc.)
  • Road Transfers 
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Private Villas

Private Villas 

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The two private villas at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve each represent the ultimate in luxury and exclusivity. 

With a private guide, chef and butler at your beck and call, not to mention complete privacy to enjoy all that Grootbos has to offer, it doesn't get much better than this.

Villa 1

(sleeps up to 12 guests)

Villa 1 is an exclusive-use six-bedroom villa with breathtaking views of the Walker Bay basin that can be seen from all angles. Modern furnishings and an authentic local art collection enhance the villa and create a luxurious feel that will make you feel at home.

The comfortable living areas include a cinema and media room, two lounges and three braai areas as well as a fully equipped gym. 

Your fully fitted kitchen is an entertainer’s dream come true and is available with or without the services of a personal chef to cater for your every need. A personal wine cellar is stocked with award-winning wines from some of South Africa’s most celebrated wine farms.

Villa 1 - Amenities:

  • Wi-Fi
  • Cinema and Media Room
  • Infinity Pool
  • Gym
  • Wine Cellar
  • Private Airstrip
  • Chef
  • Butler
  • Guide
  • Braai Areas 
Villa 2

(sleeps up to eight guests)

Villa 2 is an exclusive-use four-bedroom villa with breathtaking views of the Walker Bay basin. Modern furnishings and added luxury amenities and indulgences, enhance the villa creating a feel that will make you feel pampered and at home.

The comfortable living areas include an entertainment room, lounge, fully equipped gym, sauna and relaxation room and a braai area. 

Your fully fitted kitchen is available with or without the services of a personal chef to cater for your every need. A personal wine cellar is stocked with award-winning wines from some of South Africa’s most celebrated wine farms.

Villa 2 -  Amenities:

  • Wi-Fi
  • Entertainment Room
  • Infinity Pool
  • Gym
  • Sauna and Relaxation Room
  • Wine Cellar
  • Private Airstrip
  • Chef
  • Butler
  • Guide
  • Braai Areas 

Included in Your Stay at Villa 1 and 2:

  • Welcome Drink (on arrival)
  • 5-Star Accommodation
  • Lodge Facilities (full access)
  • Breakfast Buffet (with a full English breakfast menu)
  • 3-Course Lunch Menu
  • 5-Course Dinner Menu
  • Fresh Fruit Basket (daily in-suite)
  • Nature Walks
  • Horse Riding (on the reserve)
  • 4x4 Flower Safaris
  • Birding Tours
  • Beach Picnics 
  • Coastal Tours
  • Cave Tours
  • Mountain Biking
  • Land-based Whale Watching Tours (June to December)
  • Transfers (to and from reserve activities)
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Rates

Rates

Rates at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve include almost every aspect of your trip, from meals on a full-board basis, to beach picnics and braais under the stars. 

Seasonal Special Offers for South African Residents

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve’s seasonal special offers for South African Residents, ensure your date with nature, is an experience just waiting to happen. Discover Grootbos with the:

  • Secret Season Special
  • Spring Splendour Special
  • Summer Sun Special

Contact Grootbos Private Nature Reserve for more information about rates, seasonal special offers, availability and cancellation policy.
 

Lodge Restaurants

Lodge Restaurants

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Grootbos Private Nature Reserve allows you to experience the finest cuisine in a world-class setting. Take in the magnificent panoramic views of Walker Bay, while the friendly staff at two lodge restaurants and a forest boma, tend to your culinary desires. 

  • Buffet Breakfasts
  • Three-Course Lunches 
  • Light Lunch Menu 
  • Five-Course Dinners
  • Boma Dinners
  • Wine and Food Pairing 
  • Picnic Lunches
  • Dietary Requirements (catered for with prior arrangements)
Dinner at Grootbos

Discover flavourful dishes and creative amuse-bouche appetizers prepared with home-grown organic ingredients, delight in the bay’s fresh seafood bounty, enjoy extra-matured beef fillet grilled to perfection and savour sweet treats and cheeses that will complement your meal. Whether you choose to dine in a formal or informal setting or decide to experience a South African braai in the magical forest boma, your Grootbos meals are all included in your stay.

Wine Collection

The Grootbos cellar prides itself on its collection of local award-winning wines that showcase estates in the areas from Elgin Valley, Bot River, Hermanus, Stanford and Elim, and Malgas near Swellendam. 

Experiences & Activities

Experiences & Activities

Whether you have a passion for land, sea or air, Grootbos Private Nature Reserve has a collection of guided experiences and activities to keep you fully immersed in nature, throughout your stay. 
 

Spa Treatments
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Have your stresses and strains dissolved by healing hands and natural, locally sourced spa products.

Walks and Hikes
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Set your own pace on fynbos, forest and mountain walks and hikes to suit every level of fitness, on safe and perfectly marked trails.

Sunset Picnics

Witness a true African sunset over Walker Bay while enjoying a picnic either on the reserve or down at a pristine beach.

Wine Tours
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Discover first-hand why Overberg has so many award-winning wines with a guided tour through the area's Winelands.

Hive to Home

Suit up and get ready for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Visit active beehives under the guidance of our experienced beekeeper and learn the important role bees play in our environment and how delicate their ecosystem is.

Bird Watching
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Check more than a few rare sightings of your birding list. Of the 118 different bird species on the reserve, 26 are endemic to the region.

4x4 Tours
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Learn about the flower kingdom’s incredible plants, birds and animals while on a unique safari on an open-top Land Rover.

Quad Biking
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Drive through shaded forests, up craggy mountains and down into scenic valleys, as you explore the landscape in a fun-filled and safe way.

Horse Riding
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Explore the reserve’s landscape on a mount handpicked to suit your riding level.
 

Fatbike Tours
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Explore the Overberg landscapes along trails through the Cape fynbos and into dune moonscapes through to the pristine Walker Bay coastline.

Mountain Biking

Cruise along the double-track routes or explore the single-track routes for a more adventurous trip. For the novice rider, bikes are available at the lodge to use. Experienced riders are welcome to bring along their mountain biking gear.

River Cruise

Soak up the peaceful, countryside days, while quietly cruising down the Klein River from Stanford to the Hermanus Estuary. Check feathered beauties, that include flamingos and African fish eagles, off your birding list.

Coastal Safari
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Sink your feet into untouched white beach sand on a solitary walk or discover the origins of early man on a cave tour. This is the closest you’ll feel to earth as you get to know Walker Bay’s exquisite coastline.

Whale Watching
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Spot southern right whales from June to December as well as Bryde’s and humpback whales that also visit Walker Bay during the year.

Shark Cage Diving
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Venture into our underwater world with a tour company that prides itself on conducting responsible experiences – protecting both these creatures and the environment

Progressive Tourism Tours

Discover a new way of living that is at the heart of the entire Grootbos experience. It’s about every action we take, benefitting someone else or having a positive impact on the environment.

Southern Tip of Africa

Visit the southernmost tip of the African continent for a day filled with vivid storytelling, extensive natural beauty and a host of unusual experiences.

Scenic Flights
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See glorious vineyards from up high, glimpse shipwrecks on rugged shorelines and mountain peaks amongst the clouds. Spot up to 60 whales and other sea creatures frolicking in the waves beneath you during whale season.

Contact Grootbos to find out more about guided experiences and activities, as well as curating your unique holiday itinerary to maximise your time and enjoyment. 

Grootbos Foundation

Grootbos Foundation

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The Grootbos Foundation was set up by Grootbos Private Nature Reserve in 2003, to conserve critically endangered fynbos and empower local communities by focusing on training and skills development.
 
Siyakhula (Growing the Future)

Employment and enterprise development programmes, including organic farming, artisanal skills and ecotourism initiatives.

Green Futures

Nationally accredited training courses, Green Futures indigenous nursery and alien clearing and indigenous tree planting projects.

Football Foundation

Educating and empowering youth, using sports as a vehicle for change.

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Read more about Siyakhula (Growing the Future), Green Futures and the Football Foundation here: Grootbos Foundation
 

Awards

Awards

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve proudly carries the following accolades:

The Long Run
  • Global Ecosphere Retreats® (one of ten in the world - only one in South Africa)
Tatler
  • Best Family Hotel in the World 
  • Best 101 Hotels in the World 
Andre Harper
  • Hideaway of the Year 
Fodor’s
  • Top 100 Hotels in the World 
World Travel & Tourism Council
  • Tourism for Tomorrow Awards (finalist)
SATOA
  • Best Hotel (2013)
Reviews

Reviews

“I don't know what superlatives I could use that would do this place justice. Every single detail is spectacular. The staff, the setting, the food, the experiences, the views, the residences... I am very thankful our booking agent recommended Grootbos. It is the type of experience you don't forget, and you find yourself longing to go back. Completely impeccable.”  Kashif Sheikh
“What a privilege to have such a wonderful place on our Cape Town doorstep. The early morning walks through the milkwood Forest overlooking Walker Bay are my favourite! And my heart skips a beat whenever entering the boma for dinner all lit up by fairy lights. It is magical!”  Katharina Thieme
“One of the most magnificent experiences to be had in South Africa - a quiet luxury with the best trained and most attentive staff at any hotel in South Africa.”  Kevin Collins
“We enjoyed our two nights stay and were especially touched by the effort the team took to research Chinese New Year (complete with lucky greetings on the door to our suite, red packets and Chinese cuisine for dinner). What impressed me was how the staff (from the reservations to the stable and everything in-between) enjoyed and took pride in their work. Our guide was knowledgeable and friendly, taking time to interact with our children. The room was comfortable and filled with nice touches for adults and children alike. We stayed in the Forest Lodge and the view was gorgeous!”  Woon Peng Ziady
“Early morning walks through the fynbos, boma dinners in the milkwood forest, beautiful horse rides over the mountains and of course super special local wines to accompany delicious food and stylish and comfortable lodge and cottages. This is the best weekend getaway from Cape Town you can imagine.”  Mimi Thieme

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