World of experiences

Experiences at Grootbos

Our collection of curated experiences at Grootbos is inspired by our pristine surroundings and has conservation and community at its core.

Botanical 4x4 Tour

We’re known for our unique botanical safaris on board an open-top Land Rover, where you’ll learn from our hugely knowledgeable guides about the incredible birds, plants and animals in this floral kingdom. Be still, absorb the world around you and delight afresh in its wonder.

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Shark Cage Diving

Thrilling, awe-inspiring and unforgettable – shark cage diving is an experience that will stay with you for years to come. Face up to these graceful predators as you learn more about our underwater world in a safe and environmentally responsible way.

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Horse Riding

Get into better rhythm with nature as you traverse this landscape in a very natural way. With our own stables on the reserve, you can see Grootbos as either a beginner or expert rider, as you trot slowly through the fynbos or ride on the beach.

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Whale Watching

Whale watching in this unspoilt natural environment is an almost spiritual experience, which is why people from around the world flock to Walker Bay in the Western Cape every year to do so. Spot Southern Right Whales on either land-based or boat-based excursions or take a flight for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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Lady Stanford River Cruise

Set out on the Lady Stanford, an exclusive luxury boat cruise down the Klein River from Stanford Village towards the Hermanus Estuary and back. 

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Walks and Hikes

Walks or hikes in and around Grootbos are one of the best ways to truly immerse yourself in the Cape Floral Kingdom, as you breathe the fresh air and drink in the crystal clear views. Take a guided walk or head out yourself as you gaze at bursts of fynbos colour.

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Marine Safari

This is one of the few places in the world where you can view such a wide range of marine wildlife in their natural environment as they hunt, mate and play. Board a luxury boat and head out to the ocean to spot the Marine Big 5.

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Fatbike Tours

Get ready to peddle your heart out on an exciting Fatbike Tour as you make your way through beautiful nature reserves, over vast sand dunes and along the stunning Walker Bay coastline.

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Hive to Home

Suit up and get ready for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Visit active beehives under the guidance of our experienced beekeeper and learn the important role bees play in our environment and how delicate their ecosystem is.

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Wellness Spa

Feel revitalised, calmer and more at peace by choosing from the many treatments offered by our two tranquil wellness spas. From soothing massages to rejuvenating facials, our skilled therapists can provide a variety of treatments to enhance your sense of serenity and wellness. 

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Bird Watching

The rich chorus of birdsong that surrounds you at Grootbos tells you immediately that bird watching here will be extraordinary. Glimpse rare sightings on special guided walks or simply spot the beauty and colour as you walk around the lodge.

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Living the Future Tour

Take a tour with heart as you discover how the entire Grootbos experience has been designed around benefitting the community and environment around you. Learn and connect as you witness how our various projects are changing lives and conserving this protected wilderness.

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Scenic Flights

What better way to see this unique area than from the cockpit of a small plane? Special windows make the plane you’re in a photographer’s dream while seasoned pilots and our own airstrip ensure that your trip is safe, enjoyable and convenient. 

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Southern Tip of Africa Tour

This unique tour to the southernmost tip of our continent is an outing packed with vivid story telling, unique experiences and the chance to learn more about the people and places that call it home.

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Coastal Safari

With some of the most pristine beaches in the world, we can offer you everything from solitary walks along the water’s edge, historical cave tours led by our guides, sun tanning with whales in front of you, or snacking on a picnic as the sun goes down.

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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.

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