GROOTBOS LODGE

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Grootbos Private Nature Reserve is a world-class eco-lodge in South Africa that embodies the essential ingredients for an incredible holiday: lavish accommodation nestled in a unique landscape with animals that will make your jaw drop. Guests can choose between the luxurious Garden and Forest Lodge or the superbly deluxe Villa. Garden Lodge embodies warm African qualities with its curving walls, wooden floors, thatch roof and central fireplace for that toasty ambience in the evenings. The sophistication is undeniable as the staff is friendly and ever-attentive, but most importantly every gourmet meal is a taste sensation. The restaurant at Forest Lodge shares this superb culinary feat but in a more contemporary setting. Forest Lodge exudes elegance with floor-to-ceiling windows and sharp angles that are juxtaposed against the draping branches of the Milkwood forest. The Villa is a private accommodation that can host up to twelve guests and comes with a private butler, chef and guide.

The self-standing suites have a lavish bedroom with a modern en-suite bathroom, a lounge and a private deck that looks onto the sprawling view. The best part about these rooms is that from almost any point you can leisurely soak up the setting. Grootbos is situated at the heart of the Cape Floral Kingdom and the fynbos dotting these lush valleys are mostly endemic to the area. Nowhere else in the world will the brightly coloured bulbs of the Ericas bloom or the alluring curves of the National Protea be found than in the Cape Floral Region. The expansive views overlook Walker Bay Nature Reserve and its pristine sand dunes, Hermanus and on a clear day one can see Cape Point. The panoramic view elicits some of the most awe-inspiring sunsets, which can be enjoyed by one of the many vantage points on the reserve with a refreshing sundowner.

Safaris

Fynbos, which means ‘fine bush’, can only truly be appreciated after you have embarked on a guided tour with someone who has a keen eye and knowledge of this specific flora.  There are 765 different plant species on Grootbos and each flower is beautiful in its own way. A 4x4 flower safari will be surprisingly captivating where you can discover a newfound respect for this unique plant that thrives in the face of natural adversities. It is also a perfect location to bird watch as the blooming flowers entice birds that are as unique and colourful as the flora. The Orange Breasted Sunbird and Cape Sugar Bird are some of the twittering animals endemic to the Cape Fynbos biome. 

When someone mentions the word safari, images of roaring lions and charging rhinos are conjured. This is a different experience to most Game Lodges as it does not host the typical Big 5, but the real spectacle is in the details. The land is occupied by petite animals that are more intriguing than fearsome but our ocean is a different matter however. The coastline of Walker Bay and Gansbaai are teeming with the Marine Big 5. A boat ride in season can entail viewing a colony of seals sprawled across the rocky outlets of Dyer Island, African penguins, dolphins, the colossal Southern right whales and great white sharks. The Southern rights are a wonder to behold as mother and calf are playful and inquisitive. The whales come to Walker Bay from July to December while the great whites are here all year; many thrill-seekers venture into a cage for a personal encounter.

Exclusivity

Grootbos is sitting in the heart of this natural utopia and it can be easy to forget about civilisation. From your room there will be no-one in sight and nothing to hear besides the melody of nature as the Milkwood forest and fynbos envelop you entirely. Contrary to these feelings of seclusion, Cape Town is only two hours away and the reserve is situated between quaint Gansbaai and Hermanus, which is popular because it hosts the annual whale festival. 

Discover tranquillity and adventures that will inspire at this luxury lodge in the Western Cape.