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The Green Trail through Africa

Knysna, Plettenberg Bay, Mossel Bay, George, Oudtshoorn, Sedgefield, Glentana, Hartenbos, De Rust and Klein Karoo all have one thing in common: they are all incredible locations along the coast of South Africa that make up the Garden Route. If you plan on discovering this renowned route Grootbos Private Nature Reserve offers luxury accommodation embedded in nature that is a worthwhile stop between the Garden Route and Cape Town.

The Garden Route is one of the top attractions in South Africa, reaching a similar popularity as the Kruger National Park. It is no wonder why this is the case, the Garden Route lures all strokes of folks with its sheer gorges, immense mountains, pristine beaches, quaint towns, thrilling adventures, nature reserves, a bountiful bird life, impressive forests, and intriguing marine and land animals. This is all found in the approximate 200km stretch along the eastern coast of South Africa. It has an oceanic climate that results in the mildest climate in South Africa because of the warm Indian Ocean. The area is especially unique because of elements like the Cango Caves, a series of narrow tunnels and cavernous chambers made out of limestone, and the highest bungee jump in the world. The Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma Mountains are indigenous forests that are a unique mixture of the Cape fynbos, and tropical and subtropical humid broadleaf forest biomes.

Beginning or End, it’s worth the extra mile

Grootbos is a luxury eco-lodge ideally positioned in the Western Cape that can be enjoyed en-route to the Garden Route or on your way out. Grootbos is situated in the heart of a fynbos biome with hundreds of different plant species and close to deserted beaches that stretch for miles with a jagged coastline of towering limestone rocks. It is also host to an ancient Milkwood Forest that is rare and unique because it can grow to 1000 years old. Grootbos is just inland from Walker Bay, which is home to the Southern right whales from July to December. One the most incredible spectacles is the Marine Big 5 –dolphins, seals, African penguins, great white sharks and Southern right whales. This is but only some of the most alluring aspects about Grootbos, which is a 2 500 hectare natural nirvana.

For twenty years Grootbos has been a pioneer in the conservation efforts of the biodiversity of the area. The conservation efforts are run by the Grootbos Foundation that also tries to improve the socioeconomic state of the local township Masakhane. These honest and passionate values make the luxurious experience at Grootbos that much better. This award-winning lodge provides only the best with five-star accommodation and gourmet meals made from the freshest ingredients acquired from the organic farm. Then there are eco-adventures for everyone. Guests can go shark cage diving, horseback riding, go on a 4x4 flower safari, get a spa treatment, go whale watching, take a scenic flight, explore ancient caves, have picnics on the beach and enjoy a hike across the reserve.

Grootbos offers luxury accommodation and an unbelievable experience along the Garden Route. It is a hidden gem of the Western Cape.