Life-changing experiences. A community that benefits.

Progressive Tourism Tour

From the very beginning, we’ve always been about much more than luxury travel. Which is why we designed the entire Grootbos experience around a new movement we call Progressive Tourism: and we want the world to share in this vision too.

Changing the world’s approach to tourism

"Every action we take has a positive impact."

What is progressive tourism? It’s a term we coined to explain a new way of living that is at the heart of the entire Grootbos experience. It’s about every action we take benefitting someone else or having a positive impact on the environment.

From the freshly grown tomatoes you eat at lunch, to the recycled candles in your room, to the earrings you buy at the gift shop – we’re constantly seeking out new ways to create sustainable livelihoods for the people who call this unique area home.

Green Futures

Our horticulture and life skills college focuses on making young adults employable.

Siyakhula

A project that creates sustainable livelihoods through small business development.

Football Foundation

This initiative uses sport to educate and empower hundreds of young people in Gansbaai.

129 Entrepreneurship Training Beneficiaries

2 283 Football Foundation youth beneficiaries

1 498 Daily Meal Unique Beneficiaries

10 Rapid survey BioBlitzes

39 Small Business Beneficiaries

21 800 Combined Hectares of land protected in Conservancy

907 Plant species found on Grootbos

30 000 Insect species found on Grootbos

Pack for a Purpose

We are proud partners of Pack for a Purpose. If you would like to participate or if you would like more information about how you can easily assist the Foundation, please click here.

Pack for a Purpose

Testimonials

Perfect end to a trip. It was a great decision, the property is beautiful.

Harrison B - United States

Amazing few days in glamorous wilderness resort.

Niamh G - United Kingdom

The highlight of the best trip of our lives - We loved the location immensely!

Ryan Danz - United States

The highlight of the best trip of our lives - We loved the location immensely!

Ryan Danz - United States

Delightful, a must do! Proteas were growing and blooming in abundance all over the reserve. It was a wonderful experience.

Lorettam Boyers - United States
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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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Join us at Grootbos with the Spring Splendour Special - Exclusively for South Africans

Spring Splendour Special: R5,450 pp/pn sharing (50% discount on normal rate, 50% off spa treatments and complimentary bottle of Creation Merlot) 

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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