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“Find adventure in the sprawling floral wilderness…”
With the Secret Season bringing forth one of nature’s most spectacular showcases of its beauty, it’s only natural that we look to explore and experience more of it, in more exciting ways. Grootbos offers an array of both leisure and more thrilling ways of exploring the boundless landscapes.
Many will tell you that the best way, only second to hiking, to explore the landscapes is on horseback. Included in all our stays is a lovely horse riding experience with our good-natured horses and passionate guides. Taking you through fields of fynbos, this excursion allows for a different view of the Reserve and of course, the beautiful sand dunes and waters of the Walker Bay Reserve. During the Secret Season, horse riding is made extra special, as the trails lead you through fields of flowering Erica irregularis and guests have the chance to view these pink beauties up close. This is a great activity that can be enjoyed by all, no matter your experience level and we can also organise pony rides for the little ones.
The more adventurous at heart with proficient horse riding experience can choose to gallop in the surf on the beautiful white sand of Die Plaat beach near De Kelders. Starting at the Grootbos Stables, guests will be guided by one of our expert guides along a trail through the Reserve to the sand dunes that lead to Die Plaat. Once on the beach, it’s time to saddle up for a sturdy gallop along the curving coastline. Enjoy the touch of sea spray on your face and the feel of (wo)man and beast taking on the terrain.
Another exciting way of tackling the landscapes is our new mountain biking trail on the Reserve. Join known botanist and Conservation Manager, Sean Privett on this exciting trail to test your endurance. The different trails include a 15 - 25km trail which can be done on the Reserve as well as a 30 - 40km trail which starts in Flower Valley and makes its way through the Reserve. (Transport to starting point is provided.) The trails offer a good challenge as they wind through nature reserves and vineyards while changing from single to 4x4 track and climbing roughly 1000m with some fast downhills. Guests can also choose the routes by themselves with the provided map; Grootbos has 4 bikes which can be used for the route, but guests are welcome to bring their own. And as much as it challenges you, the activity is also very informative. Host Sean Privett holds a wealth of information about the Reserve and its surrounds as well as the indigenous fauna and flora of the area as he is a co-author of Field Guide to the Flora of Grootbos and the Walker Bay Region.
This is the Secret Season at Grootbos.
Be sure to join us for our next adventure: Marine Big 5