Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

Nestled between mountain and sea, the Grootbos Private Nature Reserve is a five-star eco-paradise showcasing the incredible Flora and Marine life of the Southern Tip of Africa. Home of 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. Only 2 hours from Cape Town and 30 minutes from Hermanus on the way to the world-renowned Garden Route, Grootbos is perfectly situated between the classic attractions of the Cape and is most certainly a highlight on any itinerary.

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  • A magical Boma Set beneath an old milkwood tree
  • Panoramic Ocean and Fynbos view from every angle
  • A restorative beauty salon set amidst mature trees
Grootbos Private Nature Reserve Overview

The name Grootbos, an Afrikaans word meaning Big Forest, is derived from the presence of our ancient Milkwood Forests. Milkwood trees are known to grow over 1000 years old and their gnarled branches and mossy beards create an enchanting atmosphere of deep soothing tranquillity and rejuvenation. It is amongst these ancient forests that Grootbos has artfully laid out its exquisite two 5-star Lodges and exclusive Villa, with breath-taking views across the fynbos plains towards the sparkling whale sanctuary of Walker Bay in the distance. Whether one’s interests are birding, wildflowers, whale watching, diving with great white sharks or relaxing on unspoilt beaches, Grootbos has it all. The gourmet cuisine on offer at this luxury destination is crafted from the finest and freshest local ingredients, including seafood specialities and excellent South African wines. One can experience a fusion of culinary delights while marvelling at mesmerizing views of Walker Bay.

Grootbos is about more than just luxury accommodation and eco-adventures. Your visit directly contributes to the conservation efforts of the Grootbos Foundation as well as the development of sustainable nature-based livelihoods amongst local communities. It is this core philosophy of conservation linked with social development that has made Grootbos an award-winning world leader in responsible tourism.

  • A magical Boma Set beneath an old milkwood tree
  • Panoramic Ocean and Fynbos view from every angle
  • A restorative beauty salon set amidst mature trees
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  • Horse riding for non- and experienced riders through the reserve (please note that the weight limit is 90kg/198lbs per person/ children under the age of 12 are only allowed on guided pony rides)
  • Guided Walks including fynbos nature tours and Milkwood walks
  • Nature, marine & coastal drives and walks including the Walker Bay Nature Reserve, De Kelders cliff walk, Klipgat Cave Golf combined with seasonal land-based whale watching (whale watching especially during July – December)
  • Bird-watching; experience a great variety of bird species on the reserve
  • Transfers to/from all activities Surfing


  • Accommodation in freestanding suites
  • Welcome drink served upon arrival
  • Water, soft drinks, tea and coffee, minibar - Fresh fruit daily in suite
  • Breakfast buffet with full English breakfast menu
  • Light lunch
  • 5-course dinner

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