Just 2 hours from Cape Town, Grootbos is a superb family-run nature reserve set on the fynbos-clad hills above Walker Bay. 27 luxurious suites are divided between two lodges, set amongst ancient milkwood trees overlooking a majestic sweep of coastline.
The best place on the planet to see the marine Big Five: Whales, Sharks, Dolphins, Seals and Penguins
A wide range of social and environmental projects here. Grootbos is an award winning, world leader in Responsible Tourism
So much to explore here at the heart of the Cape Floral Kingdom, on the hills of the reserve and down on the beach at Walker Bay
Delicious fresh and locally sourced food at both lodges, and an enviable wine cellar
Grootbos Private Nature Reserve is in a beautiful location above Walker Bay, a short distance from Hermanus on the Garden route, with sweeping views over the bay and out to sea. Grootbos is split into two lodges - Garden Lodge and Forest Lodge.
Grootbos Garden Lodge’s 11 suites provide the ideal getaway for families, while the newer Forest Lodge with its fresh, contemporary style and spectacular sea views is ideally suited to couples and groups of friends. The large suites, each with a private deck, offer guests the chance to unwind amidst the splendours of nature, while enjoying all the comforts of home. The use of natural textures and colours enhance the feeling of harmony with nature; well appointed bathrooms with large windows overlook a carpet of diverse flora stretching down towards the sea. Combine this with a beauty or massage treatment in the comfort of your own room and you will be left feeling utterly peaceful and at one with your surroundings.
In addition to guided nature walks and drives, activities at Grootbos include horse riding, fishing, birdwatching, great white shark cage diving and whale watching. Southern right whales migrate into Walker Bay to shelter from the storms in the south Atlantic and to calve from June to November. The cliffs of Walker Bay offer some of the best land-based whale viewing in the world and you can get even closer to these beautiful creatures by boat. Watch spellbound as mothers, calves and energetic bulls come to within 30 metres of the rocky shoreline.
When to visit
Take a guided tour around their amazing social projects before heading down to the waterfront to spot whales. Children will be in heaven playing with the rabbits, riding the ponies and taking part in beach games.
Only 2 hours from Cape Town en route to Hermanus and the Garden Route, Grootbos is centred in the heart of the Cape's abundant sea, floral and wild life landscapes. The Garden Route is rightly referred to as the Jewel of South Africa, with lush indigenous forest, free flowing rivers, expansive lagoons, sunkissed beaches and majestic mountains combining to create a symphony of natural beauty.
Boat Trip on Storms River
If you like to be on the water, then this boat trip will get you up close and personal to the stunning Storms River. Afterwards, walk through the forest to the suspension bridge.
Great White Shark Cage Diving
Great white shark cage diving is an experience like no other. To get up close to the ocean's number one predator in its natural environment is a humbling experience you will never forget.
Quad Biking at the Wineries
This route takes you through Hamilton Russel Vineyards & South Right wineries into the Fernklook Nature Reserve.
Robberg Peninsula Walk
The Robberg Peninsula is an outcrop of land from the western side of Plettenberg Bay. The Peninsula is now a nature reserve and a marine protected area which makes for spectacular scenery, wildlife, flora and fauna.
Whale watching on the Western Cape
Southern right whales visit the Western Cape from about June to December every year. These beautiful gentle giants congregate to the shores of Hermanus all the way along the coast line towards Plettenberg Bay.