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Grootbos is the place to stay

South Africa is fast becoming one of the top tourist destinations in the world. The southernmost country in Africa is now popular for family safaris, romantic getaways in the wild, destination weddings, adrenalin-pumping adventures and above all it is an eco-paradise.

With the multitude of choices you may wonder where to stay in South Africa…Grootbos Private Nature Reserve is a must-see when traversing across this multi-cultural land. Nestled along the whale coast route of the Overberg region of the Western Cape, Grootbos offers travellers a completely unique experience as well proximity to many of the attractions in the Cape. It is only a two hour drive from Cape Town International Airport and the World Heritage Site Table Mountain. Grootbos is situated between the Mother City (an affectionate term given to Cape Town) and the Garden Route. It is a slight, but worthy, detour before embarking on a path leading through the ‘green jewel’ of South Africa. A little bit closer to home are the quaint towns and wine pockets of the Overberg Region. A day trip to Stanford, Hermanus, Elim or Baardskeerdesbos will elicit sweeping views over a rustic area, fresh seafood, exquisite wine and countless outdoor adventures. The southernmost tip of Africa is a mere hour drive from Grootbos. Cape Agulhas is a sight to behold as the two great oceans, the Atlantic and the Indian, collide in a tumultuous spray of ocean against jagged rock. It boasts geographical significance as well as a history filled with the fading whispers of sunken ships.

A unique African experience

South Africa offers a holiday like no other as people can live in supreme luxury whilst completely immersed in nature. Few other places can offer impeccable service, five-star living and the opportunity to view wildlife in its natural habitat. One of the all-time favourites is to view the Big 5 on a game drive – lions, leopard, buffalo, rhino and elephant. What Grootbos is offering is something completely unique. Instead of the usual yawn of the lion or agility of a leopard, guests can embark on a boat tout to see the Serengeti of the Ocean. The waters close to Grootbos boast African penguins, Cape fur seals, dolphins, whales and sharks. This bountiful and diverse marine ecosystem offers an experience like no other as guests can (safely) get personal with a great white shark and watch as the curious Southern right whales come right up to the edge of the boat. Alternatively, guests can get a new perspective by soaring through the sky on a Cessna Aircraft to grasp the incredible marine life and gorgeous landscapes from above.

Grootbos is perched on a lush valley that is rich with fynbos and rare Milkwood forests. Fynbos is highly endemic and boasts the richest diversity of all the six floral kingdoms in the world. Guests can discover wildflowers and birds that can be found nowhere else in the world. The experience can also include horseback rides across the reserve or across secluded beaches, exploring ancient caves with traces of ancient man and an authentic mark in responsible tourism.

Amidst all this natural wonder is a five-star eco-lodge that embodies absolute luxury in two main lodges, 27 extravagant suites, a Villa that is the height of opulence, swimming pools, a spa nestled in an ancient forest, two exquisite restaurants and a wine cellar that boasts award-winning wine from the local area. It is the ultimate combination between living in luxury and being completely surrounded by nature. The self-standing suites are dispersed amongst the dense vegetation so that guests can wake up to nothing but the sounds of nature and a view that will take your breath away. Grootbos is the place to stay as each suite boasts a spacious bedroom and four-poster bed, modern en-suite bathroom, chic lounge with a cosy fireplace and a wooden deck that is the perfect spot to relax and soak in the mesmerising view. The honeymoon suites include a private swimming pool and outside shower in this isolated haven.

There is never a need to wonder where to stay in South Africa when such a destination exists. To really explore this country will take time as there is a labyrinth of fascinating animals, cultures and landscapes, but Grootbos is without a doubt a must-see.