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Into the wild

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

Clive Wedderburn April 9, 2018

If you travel to explore the wonders of nature, then we highly recommend Grootbos Private Nature Reserve; home to some of the most breathtaking wildlife-viewing experiences in the world.

Grootbos is no ordinary sustainable safari lodge. It’s a pioneering five-star hideaway situated in the Cape Floral Kingdom, two hours’ south of Cape Town. This multi-award winning resort prides itself for being at the forefront of responsible tourism in South Africa.

Set in over 2500 hectares of a renowned bio-diverse eco-system, discover 1,000 year old milkwood forests, endangered mammal species, over 800 plant species, all flanked by nutrient rich seas where the Atlantic and the Indian Ocean converge.

Whether you stay in a lodge, a suite or a luxury private villa the connection to the land is instant. The moment you enter your rooms you’ll be drawn to your private deck to gaze out over the gardens to the shimmering ocean beyond.

Soak up the tranquil atmosphere while enjoying every creature comfort including underfloor heating, ensuring that you unwind in complete harmony with your surroundings, whose natural hues are designed to enhance the serenity of the location. This could be your perfect place to unwind for a few days during your tour of South Africa.

Grootbos also offers exceptional standard of cuisine and every effort is made to ensure the culinary options are comparable to the natural experiences.

Whether enjoying picnics on the beach or in the game reserve, sampling the delights of cellar dining and wine tasting, or enjoying the aromas wafting from the boma, at the end of your stay, we think you’ll fully understand why South Africa is acclaimed as one of the culinary capitals of the world.

No compromise has been made when sourcing local, organic ingredients; fusing the tang of the sea with the essence of mountain springs and the passion of the chefs for whom this place is home. Whether dining in the Garden Lodge or the Forest Lodge, you’ll find the ocean views that are as enchanting as the food on your plate.

There is an extensive and fascinating list of activities for you to work up a healthy appetite.  Grootbos is a place where you can tick off many of your lifetime ambitions. Dive in a cage to study one of the masters of the sea, the great white shark.

Or breathe in the scent of shrub land flowers when you horse ride, hike or take a jeep safari across the heathland as an expert guide draws your attention to the fauna and flora that carpets this rich landscape.

Feel the hairs on your neck rise as you witness a magnificent Southern Right whale breaching the surface barely a few metres away on an environmentally-responsible boat excursion.

Experience the exhilaration of a scenic flight, spotting whales flocking in the seas below or skimming across the skies over Cape Town and spectacular Table Mountain.


A visit to the Grootbos Private Nature Reserve is a privileged experience that you will never forget. Visit our South Africa pages to combine this incredible adventure with other life-changing experiences in the Rainbow Nation.