Revitalising and restorative

Walks and Hikes

The air is fresher here. The views are clearer. Immerse yourself in the essence of Grootbos by walking or hiking along one of our many trails and return to your suite with a clearer mind and more restful soul.

Enjoy the beauty and serenity

Enjoy an entrancing stroll through our Milkwood forest or a revitalising hike up our fynbos-clad mountains, as you begin to understand what makes Grootbos quite so special. From a sunbird sipping from a flower to an ocean vista that leaves you breathless, surprises await you around every corner.

Our trails are all well marked and guests can enjoy self-guided walks or choose to do a guided nature walk and learn more about fascinating ecosystems on the reserve. Visit our botanical art gallery and discover even more details of the diverse fynbos encountered on your walks or hikes, depicted in the detailed botanical artworks of the Grootbos Florilegium.

  • Set your own pace: there are walks and hikes to suit every fitness level.
  • The reserve is perfectly safe and all trails are excellently marked.
  • Choose from mountain, forest or fynbos walks.

From Our Expert Guides

Jo de Villiers
"Walking through the Fynbos is one of the most magical experiences you will ever have in your life"
Embrace the transformative power of nature by reconnecting with yourself and finding inner harmony.
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The Grootbos Florilegium

FLORILEGIUM (flôrəˈlējēəm).
A collection of illustrations featuring plants from a specific garden or region.

Where Nature Meets Art

Discover the Grootbos Florilegium, a unique collection of botanical illustrations by a collaboration of local and international artists. The collection depicts the rare, endangered and charismatic plants found on the Grootbos reserve and surrounding regions. What makes these artworks even more distinctive is the inclusion of insects, pollinators and other creatures associated with the flora.

Testimonials

A great nature experience. The natural views of this property just blew me away, with it's nature walks as well as great level service from staff and management.

Kent Basson - South Africa

We enjoyed our 3-4 hour hikes through the fynbos very much.

Friederike W - Germany

Lovely private hikes with our guide were lovely. Very elegant surroundings!

Meg Ellis - United States

I have hiked for many years and just completed a 3 day hike in the reserve, the nature and fynbos is magic.

Hether S - South Africa

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

Amanda M - Australia
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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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A UNIQUE SOUTH AFRICAN EXPERIENCE

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.

Click below to learn more about these exciting developments.

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