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Grootbos Nature Reserve

Grootbos Nature Reserve

Grootbos Nature Reserve – Luxury in Harmony with Nature ‘The best example of conservation of biodiversity I have ever seen – Grootbos says it with flowers’ – David Bellamy (British Conservationist)

Grootbos Nature Reserve, with its two 5-star lodges is a jewel of Cape ecotourism and luxury accommodation. The reserve is spectacularly situated on the fynbos and forest clad hills that overlook the whale-watching haven of Walker Bay. Grootbos has carved a unique niche in the upmarket eco-lodge sector by specializing in the Cape region of South Africa’s world-renowned flora and marine biodiversity. This multi-award winning 1750 ha reserve is home to more than 740 different species of plants, offers warm hospitality, excellent cuisine, fine South African wines and is a nature lover’s paradise.

The Cape Fynbos Kingdom is renowned as a flora biodiversity hotspot and for more than a decade Grootbos Nature Reserve has promoted its beauty, interpreted its intricate stories, researched some of its many secrets and developed a suite of projects focused on conserving this exceptional natural region. Central to the ethos of Grootbos is that our guests discover the regions natural wonders and directly contribute to its conservation and upliftment of our local communities. Grootbos Nature Reserve is rated among the most beautiful of Conservation Reserves and offers five-star accommodation to its visitors. The two lodges – Garden and Forest Lodge – are the epitome of luxury and comfort whilst capturing the harmony, which nature provides on in the reserve.

From the minute guests arrive at Grootbos they will be welcomed by the enthusiastic staff of Garden Lodge and Forest Lodge, who tend to visitors’ every need with warm smiles. Grootbos Nature Reserve Garden Lodge is child friendly, allowing families to enjoy five star treatment. Activities include adventures on the beach and rock pools, treasure hunts, horseback rides and many more. All the activities in our special children’s programme form fun learning opportunities for children and are hosted by experienced guides. Visiting Grootbos provides a true sense of wonder at what nature can produce. The flora ranges from stunning and protected Fynbos to the largest Milkwood Forests in the world. The beaches are lapped by crystal clear waters frequented by marine life such as Southern Right Whales, the rare African Penguin and Great White Sharks. As far as things to do, the opportunities are endless.

Caves are to be explored, the reserve discovered on horseback rides and many activities are available which promise to make a trip to Grootbos unforgettable, such as shark cage diving, whale watching and hiking through some of the most stunning scenery in the world.

Accommodation

Grootbos is home to two 5-star sanctuaries – Garden and Forest Lodge. Set amongst ancient Milkwood trees, our eco-friendly accommodation about 160 km from Cape Town consists of large, private One- or Two-Bedroom Luxury Suites. Each free-standing suite is set in tranquil surroundings where guests have the chance to unwind amidst the splendours of nature. Be pampered by Grootbos’ luxury accommodation and its warm hospitality.

From each luxury suite you can admire the sunsets over the Ocean or start the day in tune with the forest birds. Occasionally your attention will be captured by the hawks and raptors that hunt for prey in the fields below your private terrace. All suites comprise a lounge with fireplace, airy bedroom with en-suite bathroom and wooden decks with spectacular sea views. They are equipped with extra length beds, 100% down duvets and cotton bedding, a safe, tea & coffee making facilities and minibars. Spacious, finely appointed bathrooms complete the feeling of utter indulgence. Carefully selected natural textures and colours bring the harmony of nature into your suite. Winding pathways will guide you through some of the last Milkwood Forests in the world while strolling between your suite and the main lodges.

Grootbos offers true eco-friendly accommodation and a great way to experience the Overberg region. Book your getaway with us now and indulge in luxury in harmony with nature. Take a look at our article about eco-tourism and responsible travel to understand more about the eco-friendly and luxury accommodation, activities and adventures which can be found at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve.

Cuisine

Culinary Delights at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve Knowing that our guests have enjoyed an active day in the fresh air and coastal surroundings is the encouragement we need at Grootbos to motivate our five-star dining experience. We aim to provide the best possible relaxation and most enjoyable experiences for guests at our two restaurants set in the peace and tranquillity of Grootbos Nature Reserve . You will experience a fusion of culinary delights as well as an unforgettable combination of hospitality, friendship and professionalism while marvelling at the ever changing views over Walker Bay. Our gourmet cuisine, created by our dynamic young team led by Executive Chef Duane Lewis, is crafted from the finest and freshest local ingredients, prepared with innovative flair and presented with a touch of brilliance and colour. Drawing inspiration from the abundance of scents and colours in nature around them, our Master Chefs conjure up magical combinations that replenish and inspire body and soul.

Fish selections caught on the day, succulent meats and fresh home-grown vegetables, enhanced with flavours from our flourishing herb garden enhance the fine dining experience. The award winning wines of the Cape provide the ideal accompaniment to our gourmet cuisine. Experience the ultimate in five-star dining at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve.

Activities

Fynbos, Biodiversity and Conservation in South Africa Experience nature like never before with biodiversity and conservation in South Africa. Let our expert guides at Grootbos Nature Reserve introduce you to the wonders of the Fynbos of South Africa, the mysteries of the oceans and the treasures of the beach. Discover the fascinating relationships between the insects, birds, mammals and flowering plants of this diverse ecosystem.

Smell the aromatic wild herbs, watch for exquisite birds and be awed by the scenery that surrounds you in this haven of biodiversity. Visit a true Eden, all as a result of careful conservation of the areas natural biodiversity. Explore a meandering path through an ancient Milkwood Forest, where thousand-year-old trees send exploratory branches in search of sunlight, or visit one of the remnant Afro-Montane Forests on the reserve. Young and old can explore this natural wonderland on foot or by 4×4 drive vehicle, or take a horse ride to enjoy the views from the elevation of a comfortable saddle on a well schooled horse or pony. Fun, outdoor eco adventures appeal to all ages as there is always something for everyone in the local South African Fynbos and outdoor splendour.

Experience the natural beauty at Grootbos with an outdoor eco adventure. Biodiversity and conservation has been so important in establishing the beautiful scenery found at Grootbos. Without preserving the ecosystems in South Africa, fynbos and other plants would not be able to flourish as they do at Grootbos. Outdoor eco adventures at Grootbos and in Gansbaai provide a valuable means of helping with conservation efforts whilst creating a relaxing holiday experience for our guests. If you would like to experience an outdoor eco adventure and see the results of careful biodiversity and conservation firsthand, take a look at the conservation foundation, our gallery or book your getaway at Grootbos with us now.

COST

R 3700.00 per person sharing per night, inclusive of all meals and activities
Children are welcome

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