Celebrating Grootbos . . . the official video. Enjoy!

Posted under Travel Blog by Grootbos on 19th March 2012

This blog starts with apologies to ABBA for using the words of their song which is so applicable to the story . . .

I have a dream . . . a fantasy . . .

Just over 20 years ago, a family stood on the slopes of a sprawling fynbos-clad mountain range, in total awe of the perpetual beauty around them - clear blue skies, fresh flower-scented mountain air and sweeping views across white beaches and endless ocean as far as the eye can see. It was a karmic sensation. A life-changing experience. In that fleeting, wondrous moment, a dream was born . . . watch the video and carry on reading to find out how it all unfolded.

If you see the wonder of a fairy tale; You can take the future even if you fail . . .

It was the year 1991 and the family was the Lutzeyers - Michael and Dorothee and their two young children, Sanja and Jan. The place was Grootbos, a stretch of neglected farmland sprawling from the heights of the Duynefontein mountains between Stanford and Gansbaai . . . The Lutzeyers barely saw the arid land overtaken by alien vegetation - they only saw the view, like a window into paradise . .

And my destination makes it worth the while . . . Pushing through the darkness, still another mile . . .

It took hard work and perseverance. Thanks to the help of Michael's father, Heiner, as well as renowned botanist and conservation manager Sean Privett, Grootbos is now the most documented plant reserve in South Africa. More than 768 different plant species, of which 6 new to science, have been recorded and new ones are discovered all the time.

I believe in Angels; something good in everything I see . . .

Today, the 2 500 hectare Grootbos Private Nature Reserve is a multi-awarded and internationally acclaimed eco-resort boasting luxury accommodation and 5-star comfort and cuisine in the bosom of a pristine animal and plant kingdom.

Thank you to everyone who has made this dream a reality! We look forward to spending many more magical moments with you all!



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