Sophisticated contemporary design
Elegant dining venues, a bar and lounge
Clean lines and large windows frame the vista
Design reflecting the beautiful landscape

Forest Lodge

Mother Nature is at the centre of your experience at Forest Lodge, whether it’s glimpsed in the botanical inspired tones of the decor, the curved lines of the roof or the way the expansive windows frame each natural masterpiece. Bask in the dappled light and unwind in this contemporary and stylish architectural haven.


Wind your way through our ancient Milkwood forest as you walk between your opulent suite and the lodge itself, and you’ll feel serenity settle over you like a delicate mist. With its clean lines, elegant ceilings and expansive windows, Forest Lodge is the place you retreat to for blissful contemplation or for connecting with yourself or nature.

What makes Forest Lodge so special?

A meandering path leads through a magical Milkwood forest between your suite and the lodge

16 free-standing suites, ideal for romance or solitude

An infinity pool and cocktail deck with unbeatable views

A sophisticated modern design that reflects the natural beauty of its surroundings

A restorative beauty salon set amidst mature trees

A magical boma under a Milkwood tree for experiential dining

180-degree ocean and fynbos views you could watch for hours

Arts and crafts shop, conference centre, a restaurant, wine cellar, bar and lounges


  • Every meal here bursts with colour, flavour and texture.
  • Only the freshest ingredients, sourced as locally as possible.
  • A culinary and sensory experience here that you won’t soon forget. 
  • Gaze at the ocean views and while sipping on award-winning wines.

Every meal at our Forest Lodge restaurant is planned down to the finest detail, from the herbs sprinkled delicately on top of our popular Eggs Benedict to the onion chutney we make ourselves. We use only the freshest ingredients, sourced as locally as possible, and in fact nearly half of them come from our Growing the Future food production and social upliftment project, based right here, on the reserve.

You’ll taste the difference because every meal here bursts with colour, flavour and texture. Meals at our restaurant are perfect for enjoying time with loved ones, as you gaze at the ocean views and taste award-winning wines from local producers, all recommended by our expert sommelier.

Whether you sit out on our deck in the fresh air or snuggle by the fire, you’ll enjoy a culinary and sensory experience here that you won’t soon forget. 


  • Ideal for romance with large bathrooms, cosy fireplaces and views of the sun setting
  • A luxurious canopy bed with private, untouched forest and ocean vistas
  • An outdoor shower, private wooden deck and separate lounge

A stay at Forest Lodge is the ultimate way to restore, destress and reconnect. Fling open the doors and let nature flood in, relax on your private wooden deck, or listen to the distant sounds of the ocean, as you feel the rest of the world melt away.

Every free standing suite is exquisitely furnished in soft natural palettes with furnishings that ooze indulgence

Our rates are full-board and include many of the reserve activities. Find out more
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We had a wonderful stay at Forrest Lodge - it is very modern in design, vast rooms.

Caroline Natnwich - United Kingdom

We had a suite in the Forest Lodge with a private pool. It was absolutely incredible.

John Cooper - United States

Superb dinner at Forest Lodge.

Malcom Harald - South Africa

Magnificent, the fynbos and the wonderful array of birds is any birdwatchers paradise not to mention the flora.

Nicolette Bosch - South Africa

The Forest Lodges were beautiful and the views amazing.

Ian Coburn - United Kingdom

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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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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.

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