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From the Hottentots-Holland Mountains and Beyond

The Overberg Region is close to Cape Town in the Western Cape. As you ascend over Sir Lowry’s pass you are officially in the Overberg and come up to a labyrinth of roads leading along the coast and inland towards the rugged mountains. No matter what route you choose you are sure to find intrigue, natural beauty and adventure. Grootbos Private Nature Reserve is situated just inland from Walker Bay and it is nestled between several quaint towns. This five-star eco-lodge offers the best in luxury accommodation in the Overberg area. The experience will be unforgettable as you relish the lavish interior whilst absorbing the surreal natural beauty around you.

The towns that dot this region are rich with heritage and as you drive over the Hottentots-Holland Mountains bear in mind that the same route was taken by settlers with their ox-drawn wagons. You can discover a range of places from quaint coastal towns to picturesque villages set in lush fynbos valleys. The towns scattered across the picturesque landscape have maintained their small town charm and have gone to great lengths to preserve their history and fauna and flora. This region is remarkable for its extreme floral biodiversity and for hosting the Cape Whale Coast Route.

Grootbos is surrounded by rumbling mountains with a view of the sea’s raw, merciless beauty. The reserve is a total of 2500 hectares and forms part of the Cape Floral Kingdom. Grootbos is close to several towns such as Gansbaai, Stanford, Hermanus, Elim, Baardskeerdesbos and Cape Agulhas. Each town is a only a day trip away where you can experience rustic wine farms, warm hospitality, incredible landscapes and the clash of two great oceans. Watch the whales in Hermanus, visit Stanford for warm hospitality and exemplary cuisine and Cape Agulhas to see the collide of the Atlantic and Indian Ocean. There is a fascinating history of ships that have been devoured by these tumultuous waters; the most infamous is the Birkenhead. Soldiers sacrificed themselves on a rapidly sinking ship to save the civilians on board, which was the birth of the ‘women and children first’ protocol.

Luxury Accommodation

Grootbos is a five-star lodge that offers a luxurious place to stay in harmony with nature. The grandeur of the lodges and suites are humbled by the unrivalled beauty of the fynbos wildflowers and enchanting Milkwood forests. Experience the tranquillity of the environment from a safe haven that offers modern comforts and sensational food. The suites include a spacious lounge, lush bedroom, en-suite bathroom and private wooden deck.

The accommodation at Grootbos is diverse so as to cater for a variation of interests. Garden Lodge has a warm African ambience that is ideal for families and Forest Lodge is a contemporary setting buried within an ancient forest with austere angles and floor-to-ceiling windows. For an exclusive experience that will make you feel like an A-list celebrity stay in opulence at the Villa with a private chef, butler and guide. Grootbos is a one-of-a-kind experience in South Africa.

Things to do

There are eco-adventures that will entertain people of all ages and interests. Horseback riding, 4x4 flower safaris, tours through ancient caves, beach picnics and intriguing hikes through ancient forests lost in time. A little way down from the reserve is Walker Bay Nature Reserve, a whale watching mecca! Throughout the year there is the possibility of spotting Humpbacks and Brydes whales but it is the multitude of Southern right whales that grace this bit of coastline that is the real show stopper. View these gentle giants of the ocean from the land, by boat or from above as you soar through the sky in a Cessna aircraft. On the other side of Gansbaai is Kleinbaai harbour where daily excursions depart for an epic adventure: shark cage diving. The waters are teeming with the beastly elegance of the great white sharks and this can be witnessed within close proximity.

Discover the luxury and natural wonder of this five-star accommodation in the Overberg for an unforgettable South African holiday.