Grootbos Private Nature Reserve is spectacularly situated on the fynbos and forest clad hills overlooking the whale-watching haven of Walker Bay.
Take a quiet walk through an ancient milkwood forest, or explore this natural wonderland by 4-wheel drive vehicle, or enjoy the views from a comfortable saddle on a well schooled horse or pony. Guests can also enjoy other activities such as shark cage diving, scenic flights, exploring archaeological caves and whale watching. Bird lovers will delight in the large number of different bird species that are attracted to the various habitats that can be found in the reserve.
The reserve is also only a few minutes drive away from pristine beaches.
Grootbos is home to both the Garden and Forest Lodges, which offer 5* luxury accomodation.
Forest Lodge is positioned on the fringes of the 800-year old milkwood forest. Individual luxury suites provide the ideal blend of privacy and supreme comfort, and each suite has a spacious bathroom, a separate lounge with cozy fireplace, and a private deck from which you can soak up exquisite ocean and mountain views. Garden Lodge boasts sweeping views over Walker Bay and is located amongst a beautiful three hectare indigenous fynbos gardens. All suites have a separate bedroom with en-suite bathroom, large decks and a large lounge with fireplace.
There is also a 4 bedroom Villa, which comes with its own private butler, chef and guide.
Our standard rates for a Garden Lodge One Bedroom Family Suite
11 January 2024 to 30 April 2024
GBP 528 USD 660 ZAR 12,137 EUR 612
per person sharing
Contracted FIT Rate
Prices are on a per person sharing basis (pps).
Special offers for longer stays or when booked as part of a longer itinerary may apply - details on request.
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All meals; the Conservation Levy; and all land-based activities (including horse riding, beach picnic, guided walks, mountain biking) are included.
Children of any age are welcome at Garden Lodge. Children over the age of 12 are welcome at Forest Lodge. Rates available on request.
Children who visit the family-friendly accommodation available at Grootbos Garden Lodge are very important individuals, with their own ideas and desires. At Grootbos, they understand this and have engineered a special children's programme which provides exhilarating fun for children in the Gansbaai area. As part of this special children's programme, activities and fun adventures are everyday occurrences! The lodge takes great care in keeping their little guests happy.
The activities for children that are on offer at Grootbos Nature Reserve are not just play activities for children - they are a combination of education and fun in a wonderful and unique, natural setting. The tailor-made children's programme is about inspiring, educating, enthusing and entertaining the children to make them curious about what is coming next and to ensure that they spend an exciting, interesting and enjoyable time at the reserve.
Specialised guides accompany the children during exciting treasure hunts, excursions to the beach, to the rock pools for enlightenment on the marine life and trips through the reserve so that the children become familiar with the fascinating eco-system and the history of the area. Horse riding in the reserve is a great way for families to experience nature from close up. Games on the paddock include soccer, trampoline and volley ball.
Families get the chance to plant a tree as part of a restoration programme. The tree is tagged and can be shown to friends back home on Google Earth. While exploring their immediate and natural environment they can collect shells, porcupine quills or bugs, which will be brought back to the activity rooms for exciting identification. At the same time the lodge teaches the children not to destroy or interfere with the natural habitats that they find.
Special children's menus have been designed to ensure that the little ones are well catered for and the lodge also provide refreshments and snacks during the activities.
All of the holidays we prepare are tailor-made, but this might give you an idea of how Grootbos Private Nature Reserve can be included in you own dream holiday.
Exploring South Africa's Cape
No 5 Boutique Art Hotel
Gorah Elephant Camp
Addo Elephant National Park
De Zeekoe Guest Farm
The Klein Karoo
The Dock House
Destination: South Africa.
If you are looking for something different and you are interested in nature and scenery, and certainly if this is your second or even third time to South Africa, this trip will showcase some hidden gems.
This is a 13 night itinerary including Port Elizabeth, Addo Elephant National Park, The Klein Karoo, Hermanus and Cape Town.
*Prices are per person and are based on today's exchange rates. Exchange rates are subject to change and are updated daily.
Prices exclude international flights - ask us if you would like to include these.
Guest Rating: 5.0 / 5.0 based on 2 ratings
Great holiday and Grootbos was excellent.
Just arrived back from a fantastic holiday in South Africa, thanks for all your help and advice.
Grootbos was fantastic – we saw whales on Xmas eve and Xmas day which was very special – def recommend here.
Kareiga – Fantastic all had a great time ideal for kids saw the animals very close, food plenty and good basic food. Ranger Anton was brilliant with the kids.
Grootbos Private Nature Reserve Location.
Directions For Drivers
From Cape Town/Stellenbosch: Follow the N2 toward George/Mossel Bay over 2 mountain passes (Sir Lowry's Pass and Houwhoek Pass). After the 2nd pass, take exit 90 onto R43 to Kleinmond/Hermanus. You will pass suburbs called Hawston, Fisherhaven, Vermont, Onrus and Sandbaai. Drive through Hermanus, and Grootbos is situated 13 km past Stanford on the R43.
From Franschhoek: Take the R45 towards Villiersdorp. Turn left and drive to Villersdorp, then take the R43 towards Botriver. After approx 31.5 km you will reach the N2 - turn right onto the N2/R43 towards Kaapstad and Hermanus. After approx 7.3 km take exit 92 onto the R43 in the direction of Hermanus. You will pass the Kleinmond turn and then the suburbs of Hawston, Fisherhaven, Vermont, Onrus and Sandbaai. Drive through Hermanus, and Grootbos is situated 13 km past Stanford on the R43.
From the Garden Route: The N2 brings you west past Swellendam and Riviersonderend. 10 km past Riviersonderend turn on to the R326 to Stanford. At Stanford turn left onto the R43. Grootbos is situated 13 km from Stanford on the R43.
General Information For Guests
All suites feature a spacious bedroom with en-suite bathroom, separate lounge with tea/coffee making facilities, minibar, cosy fireplace, satellite/cable TV, air conditioning, balcony/deck, heated towel rails, underfloor heating, and a room safe. Suites are also equipped with internet access.
The facilities at each lodge include a swimming pool, restaurant, lounge area and beauty salons.
In addition, Forest Lodge boasts a bar area, sun deck and a gallery.
American Express, Visa and MasterCard credit cards are accepted.
A laundry service is available (additional cost).
Horse riding for non and experienced riders can be undertaken, but please note that the weight limit is 90kg/198lbs per person, and children under the age of 12 are only allowed on guided pony rides.
Boat based whale watching trips or whale watching by plane (between June and December) can be arranged - additional cost.
Shark cage diving at nearby Gansbaii can also be arranged (additional cost).
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.
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