The Marine Big 5

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Water covers the majority of our planet and yet about 95% of our oceans are unexplored – we know more about the cosmos than we do about the deep sea.

When the icy cold, nutrient-rich water from the depths of the Atlantic Ocean is upwelled into the Benguela current and converges with eddies from the warm Indian Ocean water of the Agulhas current, magic follows.

At the southern tip of Africa, this phenomenon brings with it an unparalleled diversity of marine life from the single cell algae to the largest predatory fish in the sea.

‘The Serengeti of the Sea’

This area is the mecca for whale watching and over 100 southern right whales are known to come here to mate and calve. Bottlenose dolphins also come by the hundreds and can be seen hunting strategically on large shoals of fish.

Robust Cape fur seals populate the rugged islands surrounding our coastline and endangered African penguins live in colonies amongst them. The majestic great white shark reign our waters and can be seen up close and personal for an awe-inspiring experience. Together, they make up the ‘Marine Big 5’ – a class on its own to rival its land-based counterparts.

Based in Luxury

At Grootbos, guests will be able to engage and experience the Marine Big 5 like never before. We offer guided coastal safaris and a chance for intimate encounters in this aqua wonderland.

Together with Dyer Island Cruises who share the same dedication to service excellence, conservation and education, we will take you on eco-friendly tours led by experienced marine biologists and guides.

Explore this magic in style, from up high in the sky or down low from the sea for once-in-a-lifetime encounters in a remarkable setting and unique environment.

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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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