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Grootbos is ideally positioned to offer you close encounters with the magnificent Southern Right Whales. They migrate every year from the icy Antarctic to our warm, sheltered bays to mate, calve and raise their young and seeing them in their natural habitat is a sight that will leave you spellbound.
Board the luxury whale watching boat "Dreamcatcher" of Dyer Island Cruises in Gansbaai and enjoy a trip led by a marine biologist. You may also spot dolphins, penguins, seals and Great White Sharks.
Board a plane for the most spectacular bird’s eye views of whales below you and contemplate just how gigantic these mammals truly are. Our aircraft is ideal for snapping that perfect shot as you glimpse large mating groups, as well as mothers with their newborn calves.
Take a walk on the cliffs and pathways of De Kelders as our knowledgeable guides take you to all the best viewing spots. See the waves frothing and listen to the slap of the whale’s gigantic tails, plus their breaching and spy-hopping, as they come within metres of the shoreline.
The sparkling wine in the whale watching house on the afternoon excursion was unexpected but very welcome!
Wonderful experience - we went off-site for the whale watching and shark cage excursion.
Magnificent - whale watching is a must, whether from the deck of your room or a coastal walk or by boat.
Whale Watching and so much more at Grootbos - I stayed at Grootbos, ostensibly to see the Southern Right Whales.
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.
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.
We welcome South Africans and invite you to experience Grootbos with our special offer.
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.See New Garden Lodge See Florilegium