Grootbos Private Nature Reserve
Hermanus, Garden Route
Welcome to the award winning, eco reserve that is the magnificent Grootbos.. Set 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, you are choosing to be apart of an experience rather than a hotel. In an unbeatable location overlooking the wild coastline of Gansbaai, the luxury 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 and coastal drives are also included, you can even take 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 between June-December). All this combined with world-class gastronomy, one-of-a-kind experiences,
- 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.
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 16 free-standing Luxury Suites linked by a walkway through the Milkwood forest, suites sleep maximum 2 adults.
Please note: children under 12 years of age are not permitted in the Forest Lodge Suites.
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.
The newly rebuilt Garden Lodge, designed for families, enjoys a homely feel with wooden beams, thatched roofs, floor-to-ceiling windows and 11 luxury free-standing suites. 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.
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.
Choice of accommodation: Forest Lodge (adults-only) and Garden Lodge (for families). Each lodge features a restaurant, lounge, barista bar and boma. Swimming pool. Spa and wellness area*. Library. Information centre. Kids’ entertainment at Garden Lodge (outdoor courtyard and a forest-inspired indoor play area). Activities included: guided walks, horse riding, beach walks, fynbos hiking and land-based whale watching (seasonal, Jun-Dec). Activities 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*. Hive to Home bee excursion*. Riverboat experience*.
2 nights at all times.
* Denotes local charge.