Grootbos Private Nature Reserve - Garden Lodge
Hermanus, Garden Route
Bestowed with the accolade of being a ‘National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World’, the magnificent Grootbos is an experience rather than a hotel. This luxurious eco-reserve is in a unique part of Africa, close to the southernmost tip amid 2500 hectares of pristine wilderness, home to milkwood forests and over 800 species of flora and fauna. In an unbeatable location overlooking the wild coastline of Gansbaai, the lodges are just minutes from where the Great White Shark Cage Diving and Whale Watching boats depart. As well as nature walks and horse riding throughout the reserve, marine & coastal drives are also included, you can even a guided walk into the Walker Bay Nature Reserve and the De Kelders cliff walk – one of the best spots in the world for land-based whale watching (especially Jun-Dec). All this combined with world-class gastronomy, with fresh organic produce served for breakfast, lunch and sumptuous 5-course dinners.
- Horse Riding
Where is it30 minutes from Hermanus, just outside of Gansbaai in a private nature reserve. Transfer time from Cape Town Airport: 2 hours 30 minutes.
Garden Lodge has 11 luxury free-standing suites and Forest Lodge has 16 free-standing suites. All suites have private decks with panoramic sea views, underfloor heating and cosy fireplaces, separate lounge, separate bath and shower, tea/coffee-making facilities and mini-bar. Forest Lodge is modern and contemporary with Luxury Suites linked by a walkway through the Milkwood forest, the suites sleep 2 adults. Garden Lodge has a homely feel with wooden beams, thatched roofs and is a friendly family lodge. Garden Lodge Luxury Suites have similar facilities to the Forest Lodge Luxury Suites but have a bath and/or shower and sleep maximum 2 adults and 2 children.
Full Board includes: welcome drink served upon arrival, all soft drinks, daily fresh fruit, breakfast, lunch and 5-course dinner. Activities including horse riding through the reserve (weight limit applies), guided pony rides for children, guided walks within the reserve, marine and coastal drives and walks including in the Walker Bay Nature Reserve and the De Kelders cliff walk for seasonal land-based whale watching (Jul–Dec), bird-watching and transfers to/from all activities.
Garden Lodge Two-Bedroom Family Suites and Two-Bedroom Luxury Family Suites also feature two private en-suite bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms (one with shower and one with bath) and separate lounge and dining area, sleeping maximum 2 adults and 3 children. Two Bedroom Suites also have satellite TV and DVD player.
Please note: children under 12 years of age are not permitted in the Forest Lodge Suites.
2020 Honeymooners: Couples celebrating their honeymoon receive a bottle of sparkling wine and fresh fruit in the room on arrival, romantic turndown once per stay and a beach picnic once per stay. Wedding certifcate required. Offer not bookable online and terms and conditions apply.
Forest Lodge (adult only) and Garden Lodge (for families). Each lodge features: a restaurant, bar, lounge. Swimming pool. Beauty salon. Library. Information centre. Activities included: guided walks, horse riding, beach walks, fynbos hiking and land-based whale watching (seasonal, Jun-Dec). Activites excluded: Dyer Island whale watching boat trip (Jul–Dec)*, shark cage diving*, beach horse riding*, day trips to Cape Aghulus and Hermanus*, wine tasting at local wine estate* and golf excursions*. new Hive to Home bee excursion*. Riverboat experience*.
2 nights at all times.
* Denotes local charge.