Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

Hayes & Jarvis Rating
Guide Price £1,609 per person
Based on 05 February 19, staying for 4 nights full board in a Forest Lodge (2 adults sharing). Flights not included.
Our guide price gives you an idea of how much to budget for a stay at this hotel. The price will vary based on exchange rates, and your choice of room type, departure date, airline and cabin class, and any additional extras you’d like to add to your holiday.

Retreat to this luxurious eco-reserve

The Afrikaans name of the reserve – Grootbos – translates to ‘big forest’, which is apt, due to the area's abundance of dense and gnarled milkwood trees. The luxury eco-reserve is tucked neatly into the unspoilt wilderness, between lush forest, mountains and dramatic coastline, with lodges built on a hillside overlooking famous Walkers Bay. The large freestanding suites are amongst indigenous gardens and each suite comes with its own living room and private deck. 

Grootbos is all about immersing yourself in nature. Being situated in the heart of the Cape Floral Kingdom, the reserve boasts 800 species of plant life (with more being discovered all the time) as well as the marine Big Five – whales, great white sharks, penguins, seals and dolphins. Spend your days exploring and discovering nature with activities which include horse riding, walking or hiking, bird watching, 4x4 botanical drives, quad biking and sea-based adventures. 

The beautiful private 5-star nature reserve of Grootbos is conveniently located just two hours’ drive from Cape Town and 30 minutes from Hermanus, which is famous for being one of the best places on earth to view whales. 

  • Horse riding through the nature reserve
  • Botanical 4x4 tours
  • Walks and hikes through the reserve
  • Whale-watching and shark cage diving
  • Quad biking through the reserve
  • Scenic flights over the area

Top Tips from our Experts

George

Destination Specialist

"Grootbos is a place where I could truly relax and keep my adrenaline pumping at the same time. The reserve may lack the land-based Big Five but it more than made up for it when I got to quad bike and hike through the mountains and dive with sharks. Grootbos is the perfect destination for anyone who loves nature and the outdoors."

Hotel Features

Hotel Category

Luxury

Location Type

Away from it all

Main Facilities

  • Fitness facilities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Spa facilities

Accommodation Type

  • Boutique
  • Eco-friendly
  • H&J Recommended
  • Hidden gem
  • Lodge
  • Luxury Collection
  • Off the beaten track
  • Private homes

Board Basis Options

  • Full Board

For Families

  • Family Entertainment
  • Family Rooms
  • Kid's Club
  • Teen's Club
Location Highlights

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

  • Away from it all
  • 2 hours from Cape Town
  • Just 30 minutes from Hermanus
  • Surrounded by nature, from mountains and forest to sea

Things to do

Being explorers at heart, we believe in getting out and about to get the most from your trip. Browse through our selection of attractions and excursions available nearby that will enhance your holiday experience.

Quad biking

4x4 botanical tours

Whale watching

Shark cage diving

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

Facilities

The facilities at each lodge include a swimming pool, restaurant, lounge area, gallery, laundry service and postal service. The Garden Lodge also has a Bloom beauty room.

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

Swimming Pool

Soak up the stunning views from the resort's pool or relax with a cocktail in hand on the pool deck.

Activities

Your stay at Grootbos includes a range of activities, such as guided walks, 4x4 nature drives and exploring the stunning reserve on horseback. Other activities such as boat-trips, shark cage diving, scenic flights, horse riding along the beach and quad biking are available at an additional cost.

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

Room Types

Grootbos offers three accommodation styles, each with a different character to suit your party – choose from Garden Lodge, Forest Lodge and two private villas.

Each free-standing suite is set in tranquil surroundings and consists of a lounge with fireplace, separate bedroom(s), en suite bathrooms and wooden deck offering ocean views. The bedrooms are equipped with extra long beds, 100% down duvets and cotton bedding, a safe for valuables, tea and coffee station and a well-stocked mini-bar. Whereas each bathroom has underfloor heating, double wash basin, double showers and/or baths plus heated towel rails and hair dryers. The private villas are the most exclusive offering at Grootbos – set apart from the rest of the estate to give ultimate privacy.

Garden Lodge

Garden Lodge, with its tranquil gardens, meandering walkways and charming ponds, has a homely atmosphere with traditional decor. There are 11 spacious Garden Lodge suites, four have two bedrooms and seven have one bedroom. Each suite accepts children of all ages, making them perfect for families. A beauty salon, library and a swimming pool overlooking the ocean and surrounding landscape add to their appeal. 

– Maximum 2 children (younger than 10 years) on sleeper couch in lounge
– Children of all ages staying in their own bedroom pay full adult rates

  • Air Conditioning
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Bath
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Hairdryer
  • In Room WiFi
  • Minibar
  • Safe
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Sea View
  • Separate Shower
  • Telephone
  • Towels included
  • TV

Forest Lodge

Forest Lodges are sophisticated and contemporary in style. Decorated with clear lines, large windows, rich textures and warm colours, these lodges are perfect for couples. There are 16 suites, all are one bedroom and 85–90 square metres in size. The minimum age for these suites is 12.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Bath
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Hairdryer
  • In Room WiFi
  • Minibar
  • Safe
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Sea View
  • Separate Shower
  • Telephone
  • Towels included
  • TV

Four bedroom private villa

This private villa provides you with 800 square metres in which to unwind, indulge and connect. The secluded villa comes with one master bedroom and three luxury bedrooms, separate lounge, fully equipped kitchen, dining room, BBQ area, gym, wine cellar, large outdoor deck and private pool. For those who really want to arrive in style the villa has its own small landing strip for a helicopter or light aircraft.

The best part of staying in this villa is that you'll enjoy your own private chef, butler, guide and vehicle to ensure your stay is seamless. They will craft your favourite meals, source anything extra you may need and show you this unique area in all of its glory. 

  • Air Conditioning
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Bath
  • Butler Service
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Fridge
  • Hairdryer
  • In Room WiFi
  • Minibar
  • Private Pool
  • Safe
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Sea View
  • Self catering facilities
  • Separate Shower
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Telephone
  • Towels included
  • TV

Six bedroom private villa

The villa comes with all the amenities that the four bedroom villa has, but with the main difference being there are two master bedrooms and four luxury bedrooms as well as two separate lounges.

This villa also has its own private chef, butler, guide and vehicle to ensure your stay is seamless.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Bath
  • Butler Service
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Fridge
  • Hairdryer
  • In Room WiFi
  • Minibar
  • Private Pool
  • Safe
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Sea View
  • Self catering facilities
  • Separate Shower
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Telephone
  • Towels included
  • TV
Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

Food & Drink

The tea at Grootbos specialise in creating utterly amazing meals – whether it's a healthy garden salad with ingredients grown fresh onsite, or a five-course culinary masterpiece – with innovation and an eye for detail, you'll enjoy an explosion of taste. 

Dining at Grootbos is not just about eating, it is part of the whole experience. Almost half of all the ingredients used in meals are grown at Grootbos.  

The special full board rate includes a welcome drink served upon arrival, fresh fruit daily in your suite, breakfast buffet with full English breakfast menu, a light lunch and a beautiful five-course dinner.

Restaurants at Garden Lodge and Forest Lodge

Sublime five-course dinners are served in the cosy restaurants with far-reaching views over Walkers Bay. This is also where buffet breakfast and light lunches are served and picnics – to take to the beach or the reserve – can be requested as well.

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

Family Friendly Facilities

Grootbos knows that children are very important and treats them as individuals. It's important that your children have a wonderful, safe time so that the you can enjoy your holiday as a family. The children’s activities are not just activities to keep them busy, but they combine education with fun in a natural setting. The dedicated staff will tailor make programs to fit your children's needs and inspire, educate, enthuse and exhilarate them to foster a long-term interest in nature and the outdoors.

Specially trained guides accompany children during all the activities, such as exciting treasure hunts, excursions to the beach, searching through rock pools and trips through the reserve. Children get familiar with the fascinating eco-system and the history of the area. Picture frame or shell bracelet making are great activities to inspire their creative side and a souvenir to take home. While exploring their immediate and natural environment the children can collect shells, porcupine quills or bugs, which will be brought back to their own activity room for exciting identification. At the same time they teach the children not to destroy or interfere with natural habitats.

Grootbos caters to younger guests with special children’s menus, as well as refreshments and snacks during the activities, plus offer a special children’s turndown service to end an exciting and fun-filled day.

Kids' Club at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

Children's activities

The main children's activities are: - Pony rides in the paddock (children between 4 and 11 years old). - Horse riding through the reserve for kids older than 12. - Treasure hunt in the Milkwood Forest. - Half-day orienteering exercise/hike for kids over 12 - Cave & Beach experience (explore smaller caves, swimming, sand castle building) - Spot the bird/tree/flower etc - Kite-flying when wind allows it - DVDs on bad weather days (animations and nature documentaries) - Making an artistic representation of the day, using natural resources