Discover the Diverse Wildlife of Grootbos Private Nature Reserve
Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, located between the mountains and the sea, is a five-star eco-paradise that showcases the extraordinary flora and marine life of Africa’s southern tip. It is renowned for being the home of the “Marine Big 5,” including whales, sharks, dolphins, seals, and penguins. The reserve’s unrivaled floral diversity ensures a unique and luxurious African experience. Situated just 2 hours from Cape Town and 30 minutes from Hermanus on the route to the famed Garden Route, Grootbos occupies an ideal location that perfectly combines the classic attractions of the Cape. It’s an absolute must on any travel itinerary.
The Garden Lodge, as its name suggests, provides a warm and inviting atmosphere in beautifully landscaped fynbos gardens amidst indigenous trees. Built from stone, thatch, and timber, the lodge seamlessly blends African warmth with international flair, harmonizing with the landscape. Curved lines, high ceilings, and large windows create an inviting ambiance, maximizing natural light and showcasing mountain and sea views. The lodge features an elegant restaurant, a spacious lounge, a beauty salon, a library, and a children’s entertainment room. The wooden deck, terrace, and pool area blend indoor and outdoor spaces for a refreshing environment. The well-kept horse stables and outdoor play area offer younger guests entertainment and educational activities. Grootbos is committed to conservation and sustainable livelihoods for local communities, and your visit supports these initiatives, making Grootbos a leader in responsible tourism.
This suite features a spacious bedroom with en-suite bathroom, separate lounge with tea & coffee making facilities, minibar, cosy fireplace, DVD player for in-room entertainment. The spacious suites open out onto a private outside deck overlooking the Walker Bay. As with all One-Bedroom Luxury Suites at Garden Lodge, facilities such as a separate bath, shower and toilet, satellite TV and secure room safes are standard.
Our Two-Bedroom Suites epitomise luxurious home-from-home comforts and are ideal for families or friends travelling together. These spacious suites feature two private en-suite bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms (one with shower and one with bath), separate lounge and dining area with tea & coffee making facilities, minibar, cosy fireplace as well as a DVD player. The spacious suites open out onto a private outside deck overlooking the Walker Bay. As with all Two-Bedroom Luxury Suites, facilities such as satellite TV and secure room safes are standard.
Our 2 Bedroom Family Suites embody the essence of luxurious home-like comfort, making them the perfect choice for families or groups of friends traveling together. These expansive suites consist of two separate en-suite bedrooms, each equipped with its own bathroom (one with a shower and one with a bath). You’ll find a dedicated lounge and dining area, along with convenient tea and coffee provisions, a minibar, a charming fireplace, and a DVD player. These spacious suites open up to a private outdoor deck that provides picturesque vistas of Walker Bay. As with all our Two-Bedroom Family Suites, you can expect standard amenities like satellite TV and secure in-room safes.
There’s something special about seeing a place on horseback. Take a slow trot as you appreciate the views or ride down the sweeping sand dunes, the fresh air filling your lungs and exhilaration pumping through your veins.
Horse riding at Grootbos is suitable for anyone, whether you’re a complete novice or a more experienced rider. Go for a relaxed ride through the fynbos or ride one of our special horses that are specifically trained for the beach. Our 22 horses at the Grootbos stables are well exercised and expertly trained, while all of our guides have years of experience in dealing with these noble animals.
Stay still, listen closely, and prepare to be astonished by the revelations you’ll encounter on a botanical safari. With the world’s richest temperate flora and the discovery of six entirely new species previously unknown to science, your time at Grootbos will forever transform the way you perceive plants and flowers.
Within our pristine 2,500-hectare wilderness, housing a remarkable 800 recorded plant species, you’ll immerse yourself in the captivating tales of fynbos and forest. Engage your senses as you touch, smell, and witness the natural wonders that surround you. Discover how a sunbird’s beak perfectly aligns with a flower, grasp the uniqueness of the honey produced by our bees, and comprehend the vital role of controlled fires in facilitating new life.
Indulge in a captivating stroll through our enchanting Milkwood forest or embark on a rejuvenating hike up our fynbos-clad mountains. It’s during these moments that you’ll uncover the unique essence that makes Grootbos so extraordinary. From a sunbird delicately sipping nectar from a flower to the breathtaking vistas of the ocean, surprises await at every turn.
Our trails are thoughtfully marked, offering you the choice between self-guided walks or guided expeditions, each designed to unveil the mysteries of these fascinating ecosystems. Peer into the intricate petals of a King Protea, inhale the sweet blackcurrant fragrance of buchu, or simply surrender to the exquisite silence enveloping you.