4x4 Flower Safari

As the change of seasons rolls in, the hillsides paint a canvas of vibrant pinks. Set out on a 4x4 flower safari and reconnect with the wilderness. Wrap up in a warm blanket and let the crisp air kiss your cheeks as your expert guide tells you more about the most biodiverse floral kingdom of all - The Cape Floral Kingdom.

Magical Microcosms

They say if you find the stillness within, you can see a flower grow... Whether or not that is true, you will find yourself in a thriving world of plants on our 4x4 flower safari. 

With the richest temperate flora in the world and six completely new species to science, your time during the Secret Season at Grootbos will mean that you’ll never look at plants and flowers in quite the same way again.

Over 800 recorded plant species in over 2500 hectares of pristine wilderness bring the fascinating stories of fynbos and forests. Touch, smell and see the natural miracles that surround you: Learn how a sunbird’s beak is perfectly adapted to fit into certain flowers, why the single blossom honey our bees produce is completely unique and how important fires are for bringing forth new life.

  • Sip from a steaming mug of hot chocolate, as you watch the sunrise change from red to amber.
  • Learn how native inhabitants have used fynbos as culinary and medicinal ingredients for centuries.
  • Memories of a pink autumn to cherish for a lifetime.

From Our Expert Guides

Jo De Villiers
"The Secret Season is a magical time of year when the fields blush with beauty and abundance."

The Secret Season

The Secret Season is a special time of year when the Erica irregularis flowers. This rare gem of the Cape Floral Kingdom turns over a new leaf during the months of May to June, dressing transforming the landscape into a sea of pink.

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Testimonials

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

Lorettam Boyers - United States

Secluded without being isolated, many amazing activities are included such as horse riding, 4x4 safari and nature walks.

Amanda M - Australia

Magnificent, the fynbos and the wonderful array of birds is any birdwatchers paradise not to mention the flora.

Nicolette Bosch - South Africa

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FORAGE AND FOOD

Grootbos combines ingredients and flavours of indigenous fynbos and nearby marine shores, with spectacular dining settings. We pair these with our carefully curated wine collection sourced from the very best of the region.

As part of the Secret Season at Grootbos, our skilled team of chefs are on hand to forage in this unique natural pantry with you and take you on a journey of transforming these tastes into a unique dining experience. Grootbos is a destination dining experience with our food philosophy central philosophy to the experience. 

MARINE SAFARI

The marine world on the shores below Grootbos is home to unparalleled marine life ranging from the small and endangered African Penguin to the largest predatory fish of the oceans, the Great White Shark.

The cooler winter months and our Secret Season marks the annual migration of the Southern Right Whales and together with the Penguins, Sharks, Dolphins and Cape Fur Seals making up the Marine Big 5. Discover and explore this remarkable marine wonderland, heralded as the ‘Serengeti of the Seas’. 

ANCIENT MILKWOOD FOREST HIKE

Grootbos is home to 3 of the last remaining indigenous Milkwood forests of the Western Cape. These 1000 year old labyrinths of gnarled trunks and lichen covered branches are in fact a complex system of trees all working in unison. The atmosphere in these forests is enchanting, a space of tranquility and sanctuary.

The Secret Season offers the opportunity to spend time, exploring these ancient wooded spaces with a dedicated guide and re-connecting with yourself amidst this beautiful piece of nature. 

PROGRESSIVE TOURISM TOUR

Grootbos is passionate and committed to the conservation of the Cape Floral Kingdom and the upliftment of the communities therein. Together with the Grootbos Foundation, Grootbos has integrated conservation and community into it’s very DNA and is an inspirational model for progressive and sustainable tourism in practice.

Come and be inspired during The Secret Season and discover the innovative ways Grootbos and the Grootbos Foundation work together to conserve the critically endangered fynbos of the region and create shared value with the surrounding local communities.

FLOWER SAFARI

Grootbos lies in the heart of the Cape Floral Kingdom, the smallest yet most biodiverse of the worlds plant kingdoms and home to a biodiversity more abundant than that of the Amazon.

Experience the majesty and wonder of this distinctive landscape and World Heritage site in our Secret Season. Head out on our flower safari and understand the fascinating story of fynbos and this unique piece of nature.

WINE EXPERIENCE

Grootbos is situated in the southern most wine region of Africa, renown for Pinot Noir, Chenin and Sauvignon Blanc. Grootbos’s passion for wines of this region has translated into a careful assemblage of the very best of these wines, over the past decade. 

As part of the Secret Season, Grootbos sommeliers introduce these hallmark wines, varieties and wine stories of this exciting wine region and offer expert pairing guidance to complete the taste journey. 

HIVE TO HOME

Take a closer look at the world of bees and honey and be amazed at the intelligence of nature and the intricate role bees play in every aspect of our ecosystems.

The Secret Season, in our cooler months, is the ideal opportunity to suit up and head out with our apiarian. Encounter the buzz of a beehive, the delicate structures and matrix that come together in the fascinating world of bees. On your return, experience the extraction process top this off with some of our delicious honey muffins and a sip of honey iced tea!

CAVES AND BEACHES

Pick up a handful of shells when strolling along the endless white sandy beaches, listen to the waves crashing and marvel at the glorious views.

A visit to our beaches offers relaxation, inspiration or solitude, depending on how you choose to spend your time. At the foot of our reserve lies the cradle of human culture; caves that were home of our ancestors from the Middle Stone Age through the Later Stone Ages. Discover the ancient secrets the coastal caves hold. Soak up panoramic views, through the naturally casted window which after the rock shelter was named.

LADY STANFORD RIVER CRUISE

The Lady Stanford offers a gentle cruise immersing you in the natural world of the Klein River. There is exceptional birdlife to enjoy and the scenic river landscape is flanked by spectacular mountain range vistas, offering an ideal venue for a sundowner.

This tranquil cruise is an idyllic Secret Season activity as you relax and enjoy this serene meander down this beautiful river system.

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Sustainability accolades and global recognition

Grootbos is a world leader in sustainable tourism and has been awarded the highest international accolades possible, making us one of only a handful of lodges to do so.

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What does COVID-19 mean for our future?

COVID-19 is highlighting the fragility of our economic and societal systems. Grootbos’s work is fundamentally linked to building sustainable systems and is invigorated by our vision for the future.

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Join us at Grootbos with the Spring Splendour Special - Exclusive to South Africans

Spring Splendour Special: R3750 pppn (55% discount on normal rate)