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A Melting Pot of Biodiversity, Culture
and Natural Wonder

3500 Hectares of pristine wilderness
100 Endangered plant species
907 Plant species: 7 species new to science discovered here
3 Milkwood forests over 1000 years old
The wonder of the Marine Big Five
Over 23 mammal species found on the reserve

Awards & Mentions

Condé Nast Traveler - Readers' Choice Awards 2023
Top 20 Resorts in the World 2022
Best Hotel in South Africa - The Gold List 2022
Best Family Hotel in the world
Hideaway of the Year
Top 100 Hotels in the World
2013 - Best Hotel
The 101 Best Hotels in the World
Finalist: Tourism for Tomorrow Awards

Progressive. Natural. Inclusive.

At Grootbos, we go beyond simply conserving this pristine wilderness we call home. We’re constantly researching, innovating and pioneering new ways of doing things – in order to transform the lives of community members as well as preserve 3500 hectares of botanical and wildlife treasures.


Our Luxury Accommodation

Blending harmoniously into the pristine natural environment, our unique lodges and private villas offer the ultimate in luxury and style.

Forest Lodge

Forest Lodge

Surrounded by an ancient milkwood forest on one side and fragrant fynbos on the other, Forest Lodge offers a relaxing and tranquil experience. The 16 spacious and exquisitely decorated suites provide the perfect retreat to connect with nature and loved ones while soaking up the stunning panoramic views.

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Garden Lodge

Garden Lodge

The spacious and elegant Garden Lodge with its floor-to-ceiling windows create a feeling of being connected with the pristine nature outside. Enjoy one of the best views in Africa from the luxurious lounge area and dine amongst some of South Africa’s finest wines in our brand-new wine cellar.

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Private Villas

Private Villas

Experience luxury, privacy and stunning views paired with personalised service in our secluded villas overlooking Walker Bay and Grootbos' fynbos covered hills. Our two luxury villas (4 and 6 bedroom) offer state-of-the-art amenities, a private chef, butler and private guide. Indulge in superb culinary delights and immersive nature experience tailored to your desires.

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It is very difficult to put down in words what you actually experience when visiting Grootbos Private Nature Reserve. It is as if all the elements just come together and then you experience this in luxury in a natural enviroment.

Werner P - South Africa

The highlight of the best trip of our lives - We loved the location immensely!

Ryan Danz - United States

Grootbos, the Cape's best kept secret. Amazing for walking, running, mountain biking, and horse riding as often as you want.

Adam F - South Africa

Our accommodation in the Garden Lodge was exemplary, the cuisine outstanding and the Guided tours executed by fully trained and knowledgable guides.

Annandray Souter - United Kingdom

Sumptuous indulgence, peace and tranquility. We stayed at Forest Lodge for a couple's getaway and were thrilled with all aspects of our stay.

Lindsey Jordaan - South Africa

Experiences at Grootbos

We’ve carefully curated a collection of one-of-a-kind experiences that reflect the diversity of this unique region we call home. 

Food and Wine

At Grootbos, every single taste you savour has been carefully considered, sourced and prepared. 

Dining experiences packed with texture, flavour and colour.

Using the freshest ingredients sourced mostly from our organic farm, we create dishes that burst with goodness and delight your senses. From picnics on the beach to our legendary six-course dinners – you’ll leave with culinary memories to last a lifetime.


Award-winning wines. Authentic experiences.

Savour the stories behind the wines themselves as you learn more about the wine farms on our doorstep and the superior vintages they produce. Go on a guided tour and experience then how our sommelier pairs these with your meal at the dinner table.


Immersive Wellbeing

Embark on a transformative journey, through our immersive activities and experience a profound connection to the natural world.

Immersed in Nature

We believe in harnessing the power of nature to nurture the mind, body, and spirit. From rejuvenating spa experiences to immersive nature activities, every aspect of your stay at Grootbos is designed to promote inner peace, holistic wellness and living in harmony with nature.

The Grootbos Florilegium

Celebrating our botanical heritage and the unique ecology of the Cape Floral Kingdom through the medium of art.

Where Nature Meets Art

FLORILEGIUM (flôrəˈlējēəm).
A collection of illustrations featuring plants from a specific garden or region.

Discover the Grootbos Florilegium, a unique collection of botanical illustrations by a collaboration of local and international artists. The collection depicts the rare, endangered and charismatic plants found on the Grootbos reserve and surrounding regions. What makes these artworks even more distinctive is the inclusion of insects, pollinators and other creatures associated with the flora.

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Grootbos Foundation and global recognition

Grootbos is a world leader in sustainable tourism and has been awarded some of the highest international accolades possible, making us one of only a handful of lodges to achieve this.

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Grootbos invites you to experience our country's most precious floral biome and marine wilderness like never before. Enjoy unique guided experiences while being treated to five-star luxury at our lodges and villas.

Our Secret Season special offers South African residents an exclusive discounted rate and additional benefits. 

What's new at Grootbos - New Garden Lodge and Florilegium

The last year has been a busy one at Grootbos. We rebuilt our beloved Garden Lodge entirely and re-opened it in April 2022. We also officially launched the Grootbos Florilegium - Africa's first contemporary florilegium - which is a collection of botanical illustrations created by local and international artists, depicting the charismatic plants found on our reserve and the surrounding regions.

Click below to learn more about these exciting developments.

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