Located in the Western Cape of South Africa, just two hours from Cape Town, is a place of breath-taking beauty and tranquillity. The Grootbos eco-reserve offers a unique and immersive experience for nature lovers, with its pristine landscapes, diverse flora and fauna, and commitment to conservation.
Between mountains, milkwood forests, and the stunning coastline of Walker Bay is where you will find the jewel that is Grootbos. The reserve covers over 3,500 hectares of land, providing a haven for both endemic and endangered species.
Grootbos is part of the Cape Floral Kingdom and boasts over 900 species of plants. Guided walks and hikes through the fynbos showcase the beauty and uniqueness of this delicate ecosystem, with knowledgeable guides sharing insights about the plants and their medicinal properties.
Grootbos is also known for its ancient Milkwood forests. These gnarled and twisted trees have been around for centuries and provide a mystical atmosphere as you wander through their shaded paths. The forests are teeming with life, from birds and insects to small mammals like bushbuck and mongooses.
Grootbos is a sanctuary for marine life too, with Walker Bay being a popular breeding ground for Southern Right Whales. From June to December, visitors have the opportunity to witness these majestic creatures as they come close to the shore to mate and give birth. Boat-based whale watching trips offer a unique perspective and a chance to witness these gentle giants up close.
The commitment to conservation at Grootbos is evident throughout the reserve. The Grootbos Foundation focuses on sustainable development and upliftment of local communities, while the Grootbos Private Nature Reserve actively protects and preserves the natural environment. The reserve also has its own Green Future Nursery, where indigenous plants are grown and rehabilitated back into the surrounding landscape.
Accommodation at Grootbos is luxurious and environmentally conscious. Both Forest Lodge and the recently rebuilt, family-friendly Garden Lodge, blend seamlessly into the natural surroundings, offering panoramic views of the ocean or mountains. Each room is tastefully decorated and equipped with modern amenities. The private villas offer the ultimate in luxury and style. All of the accommodation has been designed to complement the pristine natural setting, while never compromising on style or luxury.
Grootbos has a range of activities for guests to enjoy, including horseback riding, beach picnics, and nature drives. For those seeking relaxation, the spa offers a variety of treatments using locally sourced ingredients.
The newly opened Florilegium- “Where Nature Meets Art”, houses a unique collection of botanical illustrations by a collaboration of local and international artists. The collection depicts the rare, endangered and charismatic plants found on the Grootbos reserve and surrounding regions. By appointment, Day visitors are welcome to visit the Florilegium.
The dining experience at Grootbos is a delight, with fresh and delicious meals prepared using organic produce grown on the reserve and a superb wine list to match. The Chefs will cater to any dietary requirements and do their utmost to meet specific requests.
Whether you are a nature enthusiast, a conservation advocate, or simply seeking a peaceful retreat, Grootbos is a “Melting Pot of Biodiversity, Culture and Natural Wonder” that will leave a lasting impression. A true haven for those seeking a connection with the natural world.
Exclusive to SA residents!
CELEBRATE SUMMER – with The Summer Sun Special at Grootbos
50% off normal rates
11 January – 30 April 2024 (Excluding Easter holidays)
Many of the reserve activities
50%discount off spa treatments
Complimentary bottle of wine and more!!