Grootbos Private Nature Reserve
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With breathtaking panoramic views of mountain and sea, the Grootbos Private Nature Reserve is a luxurious pristine paradise showcasing the splendour of the Cape Floral Kingdom and the incredible marine life of the southern tip of Africa.

Situated 2 hours from Cape Town, Grootbos is the perfect central base to discover all the magnificent attractions of the Cape, offering an extensive variety of guided experiences and luxurious facilities, almost all of which are included in your stay.

Beyond luxury and inspiring experiences, Grootbos is an award-winning pioneer in sustainable tourism, practising a core philosophy of conservation linked with social development. We call it Progressive Tourism and we invite you to be a part of it.

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Memories for a Lifetime
Every feature of the Grootbos experience has been crafted to facilitate and accentuate your discovery of this unique and wondrous destination. From the mighty and majestic Southern Right Whales of Walker Bay to the blossoming brilliance of the Cape Floral Kingdom, it is our endeavour to immerse you in all the abundant treasures that the Southern Tip of Africa has to offer.

  • Whale Watching
    Grootbos is ideally positioned and equipped to offer our guests arguably the best whale watching tours in the world. Every year from June to December hundreds of Southern Right Whales choose Walker Bay as their home for the mating season.
  • Shark Cage Diving
    Nothing can prepare you for the thrill and wonder of a close encounter with the most awesome predator of the ocean, the Great White Shark. Meeting this majestic beast eye-to-eye will leave you on a high for days and change your perception of sharks forever.
  • Flower Safaris
    With over 765 flower species, 6 of which were discovered at Grootbos, and over 2500 hectares of pristine wilderness, the 4x4 Flower Safari is the perfect way to discover the scale and splendour of the Grootbos Private Nature Reserve.
  • Walks & Hikes
    There is no better way to experience the incredible diversity of fauna and flora at Grootbos than by walking along one of our several well-marked trails. From an enchanting meander through the ancient Milkwood forests to an epic hike through the fynbos-clad mountains, there is a trail to suit every interest and fitness level.
  • Beach & Coastal Tours
    Our guides know exactly where to take you for the best swimming, tanning, walking, whale watching and several other oceanic experiences on offer. We’ll transport you to and from the beach and provide you with a picnic lunch and all the beach accessories you need to enjoy your day in the sun.
  • Cave Tours
    Join Grootbos on a guided tour to discover the wonder and mystery of the ancient coastal caves along the rocky shores of De Kelders. Journey back in time to a period when Stone Age people and Khoi bushman called these caves their home.
  • Horse Riding
    The 2500-hectare Grootbos Reserve provides excellent opportunities for horse riding, with 20 well-trained horses and experienced instructors that cater for all levels of riding experience.
  • Marine Big 5 Boat Tour
    So you’ve seen the lions, rhinos and other beautiful wildlife of the savannah; now brace yourself for the Marine Big 5: whales, sharks, dolphins, seals and penguins! Gansbaai is one of the only places in the world that can offer this extensive range of marine wildlife and Grootbos, situated right on the doorstep of this aquatic wonderland, is perfectly positioned to be your host and guide.
  • Scenic Flights
    Take to the sky for a unique perspective of this beautiful coastal region. View mountains, vineyards, shipwrecks, whales and even sharks like never before.
  • Birding Tours
    Whether you’re a serious birder or if you just enjoy spending time in nature, our knowledgeable guides are geared to give you an engaging presentation of the winged wonders that enliven our skies and flora – from a leisurely stroll through the fynbos to a dedicated birding tour.
  • Health & Beauty Spa
    After an action packed day of eco activities, a therapeutic full body massage is absolute bliss, leaving you in a state of perfect calm. For weary feet, a reflexology treatment will most certainly do the trick. Treatments take place in the comfort of your own suite, in our spa facilities, or even in the forest surrounded by ancient Milkwood trees.
  • Wine Tours
    Join Grootbos on a guided wine tour to discover one or two of the local wine pockets and absorb the peace, tranquility and flavours of the Overberg countryside. What better way to get to know an area than by tasting its wine and meeting its people?
  • Quad Biking
    Join an experienced guide on a quad biking adventure through forests, valleys and mountains. Twist the throttle along designated trails running through the pristine fynbos.

I've Dined and Gone to Heaven
Experience the finest contemporary cuisine in a world-class setting surrounded by exquisite natural beauty. Take in the magnificent panoramic views of Walker Bay and the mountainous planes of pristine fynbos while friendly staff tend to your every culinary desire. And the best part... it's all included in your board.

Savour delectable dishes prepared with organic ingredients produced by our very own Growing the Future food production and social upliftment project.

Delight in the seafood bounty of Walker Bay, enjoy extra-matured beef fillet grilled to perfection and taste award winning wines from local cellars that reflect the essence of the landscape and its people.

Luxury in Harmony with Nature
Nestled in an ancient Milkwood forest surrounded by rolling hills of fynbos and majestic mountains, the accommodation and lodges at Grootbos offer a complete immersion into the pristine natural surroundings within the gentle embrace of comfort and luxury.
Each of the freestanding suites are stylishly furnished with luxurious canopy beds, spacious en suite bathrooms, separate lounges with cosy fireplaces and private wooden decks with spectacular panoramic views. On a clear day, it’s possible to see all the way to Cape Point! Orientated towards the setting sun, every evening offers another grand spectacle of light and colour.
From the warm and friendly Garden Lodge to the highly exclusive Villa, be assured of supreme comfort, luxury and style wherever you decide to stay, while you discover and experience the wonders of this unique floral and marine eco-paradise.

Garden Lodge
With it's tranquil gardens, meandering walkways and charming ponds, Garden Lodge exudes a warm and welcoming atmosphere that invites you to feel at home.

Forest Lodge
The Forest Lodge is a masterpiece of sophisticated and contemporary design reflecting the breathtaking natural beauty of the surrounding landscape.

Villa - Grootbos' most Exclusive Offering
The Villa, consisting of six elegant suites accommodating up to 12 guests, represents the ultimate in luxury and exclusivity. With your own 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.

All meals and a wide variety of guided adventures are included in your stay. Visit the Grootbos website for current rates:

What's Included

  • 5-Star luxury accommodation in freestanding suite
  • Full access to lodge facilities
  • Welcome drink served upon arrival
  • Fresh fruit daily in suite
  • Breakfast buffet with full English breakfast menu
  • Lunch buffet with light lunch menu
  • 5-Course dinners
  • Land-based whale watching tours (June - Dec)
  • Horse riding
  • Guided nature walks
  • 4x4 Flower safaris
  • Beach picnics and walks
  • Guided coastal tours
  • Guided cave tours
  • Guided bird watching tours
  • Living the Future tours
  • Transfers to/from all activities

Additional Tours and Services (Guest's Own Account)

  • Marine Big 5 boat-based tour to Dyer Island
  • Shark Cage Diving boat-based tour to Dyer Island
  • Whale Watching boat-based tour to Dyer Island
  • Wine tours to Overberg wine estates
  • Scenic Flights (whale watching, Cape Point, Southern Tip of Africa, winelands, etc.)
  • Quad Biking Tours
  • Spa Treatments
  • Road and air transfers (private landing strip)
  • Laundry

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