Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

LodgesSouthern AfricaSouth Africa, Lesotho & SwazilandCape Town & SurroundsOverbergStanfordGrootbos Private Nature Reserve
  • Families
    Grootbos is perfect for families. There is plenty to do here from horse riding to boat based whale watching trips.
  • Amazing Views
    Located high above Walker Bay, you’d find it difficult to find a better setting for a lodge anywhere in the world.
  • Whale Watching
    Grootbos offers incredible whale watching boat trips and you can view these amazing giants from the lodge.
  • Giving back to the Community
    Grootbos is whole heartedly committed to the continued development of the local community and have a number of great projects on the go.
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General Information

This 5-star eco-paradise is only 2 hours from Cape Town and 30 minutes from Hermanus; a one of a kind luxury African experience, showcasing flora and marine life.

The accommodation offers complete luxury in harmony with nature; from the warm family-friendly Garden Lodge with 11 freestanding suites, to the sophisticated and contemporary Forest Lodge with 16 freestanding suites, and the highly exclusive Villa with 6 elegant suites. At Grootbos you will be captivated by the huge variety of nature-based guided adventures, the outstanding meals prepared with organic ingredients, the extensive range of spa treatments, and the inspiring responsible tourism initiatives.

  • Library
  • Horse Riding
  • Beauty Salon
  • Guided Walks
  • Bird-watching
  • Swimming Pool
  • In-room DVD players
  • Seasonal Whale Watching
  • Nature, Marine & Coastal Drives
  • Outdoor Children’s Play Area – Garden Lodge
  • Children’s Entertainment Room – Garden Lodge

Grootbos is situated on a private nature reserve on the Whale Route, located about 50 km east of Hermanus and less than a 2-hour drive from Cape Town.


Garden Lodge and Forest Lodge both have large, private suites surrounded by nature and complete with incredible views of the ocean and forest. Natural textures and colours create a tranquil ambiance. Bathrooms are spacious and finely appointed with the most luxurious of amenities. Winding pathways between your suite and the main lodge meander through the ancient Milkwood Forest.


Activities include, guided walks and 4×4 drives through the reserve,1-2 hour guided walks through the extensive Milkwood Forest,1-2 hour guided horse rides through the reserve, guided trip along the nearby coast to view the whales (June to December), opportunities to explore sandy beaches, swim in sheltered bays and picnic on the beach, stargazing – telescopes are great for watching stars, planets and the moon and bird-watching; experience a great variety of bird species on the reserve.

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