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Grootbos derived its name from our Milkwood forest, the “Groot bos”, which means the big thicket. It is 1 of only 10 Milkwood forests of its type on earth– all of which are constrained to the Stanford-Gansbaai area, of which only 4 are officially protected on the Grootbos Private Nature Reserve.
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.
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.See New Garden Lodge See Florilegium