Grootbos wins WTM Responsible Tourism Award

22 November

At Grootbos, we understand that responsible tourism is the future of travel. Normally terms such as sustainability are not associated with luxury travel destinations, but Grootbos is a prime example of debunking this myth.

As we have just celebrated World Responsible Tourism Day and are observing 2017 as the UN year of sustainable tourism, Grootbos Private Nature Reserve is thrilled to have been awarded the WTM Responsible Tourism Award in the Best Accommodation category. Winning this award is a great recognition of a community and sustainability ethos that is observed at every level of the organization.

The Grootbos team understands that the commercial operations are inextricably interdependent with conservation, culture and community commitments. 

The community and sustainability observance of Grootbos was formalized with the establishment of the Grootbos Foundation in 2003. The Foundation addresses conservation and community development through numerous educational, sports, food security and skills development programmes. These programmes now reach over 10,000 members of the surrounding communities every year!

On site, examples of the observance of sustainability practices include various projects. One of these is the removal of all single use plastic water bottles which has been replaced with a water bottling project on the Reserve. The laundry service has switched to eco-friendly detergents and 26 water meters measure both extraction and usage. All of this ensures the most efficient management of our water resources.

A commitment to responsible tourism is an ever-moving target as there is always more to be done. This accolade however, is a great motivation to continue to innovate and implement our responsible tourism ethos and assist in spreading the message that luxu

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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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