Grootbos Private Nature Reserve
Nestled between the mountains and sea under two hours from Cape Town, Grootbos Private Nature Reserve is a superb family-run reserve set among rollings hills of fynbos overlooking the stunning coastline of Walker Bay. Home to the "Marine Big 5" - whales, sharks, dolphins, seals and penguins; and with unparalleled floral diversity, Grootbos offers you a one-of-a-kind luxury African experience.
A short distance from the Garden Route, Grootbos Private Nature Reserve features two superb luxury lodges: Garden Lodge, featuring 11 one and two bedroom suites, is designed to accommodate families, and Forest Lodge, with 16 suites, caters primarily to couples with a fresh contemporary feel.
The expansive suites, each with a private deck, offer guests the chance to unwind amidst the splendours of nature, while enjoying all the comforts of home. The use of natural textures and colours enhance the feeling of harmony with nature, and sublime bathrooms with large windows overlook a carpet of diverse flora stretching down towards the sea. Both lodges feature inviting central guest areas with a variety of elegant dining venues and a sparkling pool, where sun seekers and nature lovers can make the most of the rejuvenating environment.
Grootbos is renowned for its world class cuisine with a focus on using the very freshest ingredients, coming from their own organic farm. Savour delectable dishes whilst also contributing to Growing the Future food production and social upliftment projects, all part of the Grootbos Foundation’s promise to give back to local communities.
Grootbos offers an array of fun and educational activities for adults and children. With no large game, this is not a wildlife safari, but it is no less rewarding as guides uncover the secrets of this pristine wilderness, some of the finest in South Africa. The vast reserve supports over 8,600 species, 5,800 of which are found nowhere else. So distinctive is the Fynbos Biome, it has been named as one of the world’s six botanical kingdoms. On land, choose from guided nature walks and drives, to horse-riding or quad-biking. Beach-side, discover sandy bays, swim in sheltered coves and enjoy picnics on the sand. Walker Bay also offers some of the best land-based seasonal whale viewing in the world (June – November) and you can get even closer to these beautiful creatures by boat.