Marine Safari

The confluence of the Atlantic and Indian oceans creates the perfect environment for rich aquatic biodiversity. During the months of May to July some of the ocean’s most fearsome, graceful and comical creatures call these waters home.

An ocean safari

To experience the Marine Big 5 in their natural habitat is humbling and indescribable. Enjoy close encounters with whales, sharks, dolphins, seals and penguins in all their glory as they feed, frolic and play.

Join us on a purpose-built eco-friendly tour vessel as we partner with Dyer Island Cruises, and enjoy a trip led by experienced marine biologists and guides.

Witness thousands of Cape Fur Seals basking in the sun, try and spot some fearsome Great White Sharks or delight as bottlenose dolphins surf right by the boat.

  • Grootbos is perfectly positioned on the doorstep of this marine paradise.
  • Learn more about the secret underwater life from our guides and biologists, with an emphasis on creating greater understanding about marine conservation.
  • From the end of June, Southern Right Whales migrate to the tempered waters of Walker Bay.
  • Spot some of the rare pelagic bird life across the blue ocean.
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From Our Expert Guides

Clayton Niemand
"A once in a life opportunity to experience some of the most elusive marine creatures"

Secret Season Special

The Annual return of Southern Right Whales to our winter shores makes Secret Season the perfect time of year to discover the secrets of the ocean. 

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Testimonials

Wonderful experience - we went off-site for the whale watching and shark cage excursion.

Juliane Bruwer - United States

Whale Watching and so much more at Grootbos - I stayed at Grootbos, ostensibly to see the Southern Right Whales.

Donovan Clark - United Kingdom

Exceptional place, we enjoyed wonderful sundowners as we watched for whales, flew above the bay to watch whales from the sky and went on a flower safari.

Charlotte Murray - United States

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WHERE WINE MEETS WILDERNESS

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 2500 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 800 recorded plant species in our 2500 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 GREAT WHITE SHARK CAPITAL OF THE WORLD

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.

Enjoy the warmth of our hospitality

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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