Hive to Home

Explore the secret life inside the hive and see what the buzz is all about. Learn how black and yellow formations set out to collect nectar to create a unique, fynbos honey.

Get Buzzy with our Bees

Bees the world over are under threat and we offer you the opportunity to step into the fynbos with our beekeeper to guide you through the world of these fascinating insects.
Cooler days of the Secret Season are an ideal opportunity to get up close and personal with the world of bees and learn about these incredible forces of nature that play an integral role in our ecosystems and pollination.
Finish off this inspiring adventure with a taste of our fynbos honey, a refreshing honey iced tea and our scrumptious honey muffins!

  • Guided by experienced and passionate beekeeper 
  • Unique insight to the intricate and crucial role of bees
  • Taste delicious honey inspired teas and treats
  • Only during winter months 
  • All beekeeping gear provided
  • Own jar of honey to take home

From Our Expert Guides

Johan Strydom
"Learning the secrets of a beehive will make you look at nature from a sweeter perspective."

Secret Season Special

 The Secret Season Special includes a 3 night stay in a private free standing luxury suite, full board and an array of activities and adventures to choose from. This exclusive package is valid from May through to July from R 4 450 per person, per night sharing. Offer subject to availability.

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We had a blast with the beekeeper and the picknick afterward was delicious. Its a completely different experience getting to know bees and their hive from up close

Alain De Jager - South Africa

The Grootbos Honey experience is definitely something special. Going on the tour we learnt a lot, laughed a lot and enjoyed the most divine honey treats. 

Georgia Christian - South Africa

The bee experience was so insightful and interactive. Certainly a family favorite

Tom Howard - United Kingdom

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Grootbos is set amidst the celebrated Overberg wine region. Discover and experience the award-winning wines of this region. Enjoy guided tours and tastings at renowned wine farms, experience food and wine pairings, and learn from our sommeliers about the wines they love and the stories behind them.

The Gentle Giants of the Sea

Each year, the months of June through to December, mark the return of the Southern Right Whales. Their playful lobbing, breaching and their charismatic presence brings everyone out to the shore edges. The Walker Bay coast below Grootbos offers an unrivalled opportunity to watch these majestic, giants of the deep.

An Ancient Milkwood Forest

Discover an enchanting 1000 year old Milkwood forest tucked away in the heart of Grootbos Private Nature Reserve. Experience a sanctuary of nature where the air is filled with the sweet, heady scent of seasonal flowers and the landscape sings with the sound of a million insects and birds.

Conserving Our Future

Conservation of the Cape Floral Kingdom has always been our mission. This has helped Grootbos become an award-winning leader in sustainable tourism. Learn more about the 3500 hectares of land under our protection and our conservation efforts in the hub of the Cape Floral Kingdom.

The Cape Floral Kingdom

The Cape Floral Kingdom is a ‘biodiversity hotspot’ offering a unique floral landscape where endemic floral species, birds, insects and animals abound. The 907 recorded plant species in our 3500 hectares of pristine wilderness will bring the fascinating story of fynbos and forest to life as you touch, smell and see the natural miracles that surround you.


The Walker Bay region is home to the most accessible of the Great White Shark colonies in the world. This fascinating apex marine predator can grow to over 6 meters in length and live to over 70 years. Our partner Marine Dynamics will ensure a fascinating shark experience. Get your adrenalin pumping as you face these apex predators during a cage dive, or experience them from the comfort of their luxury boat.

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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. We offer 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.

Click below to learn more about these exciting developments.

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