Experience The Secret Season (1 May - 31 August 2021)
The Secret Season at Grootbos is a special time of year when the unique fynbos fields give way to the most spectacular showcasing of its rich diversity of flora and fauna. Awakened by the glow of the stunning Autumn sunsets, the fields come alive with vibrant colour to welcome the Southern Right Whales after their long journey to our warmer shores.
Tucked away in the middle of this beautifully orchestrated symphony of nature lies Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, your gateway to experiencing all this natural wonder. Join us this Secret Season as we explore the ancient Milkwood forests, set out on an exciting flower safari and take to the waters for a magical whale watching experience. For those wanting to take things slow, indulge in our relaxing wellness treatments or wind down in front of the cosy fireplace with a glass of award-winning South African wine. Experience all that the Secret Season has to offer at Grootbos from May to August with our incredible “Secret Season Special”.
Book our Secret Season special and receive up to 55% off the normal rate, 50% off Spa treatments and a complimentary bottle of our Last Syrah wine
A scenic two-hour drive from Cape Town brings you to Grootbos Private Nature Reserve. A magical place where nature parades in all its glory during the Secret Season.
Enjoy a refreshing welcome drink while you soak up the glorious vistas. Your luggage will be delivered to your private suites for you to settle in later. First, enjoy a delicious a la carte seasonal lunch, made from the bountiful harvest the season brings. Take a stroll to your private suite where you can get cosy with a hot chocolate in front of the fireplace. After some relaxation time, get ready to saddle up for a horse ride through the Reserve or take things slow with a rejuvenating wellness treatment at our Bloom spa.
Back at the Lodge, refreshed and relaxed, it’s time to sip on sundowners as the sky explodes into a kaleidoscope of colour. Complete the evening with a culinary feast with the best local flavours.
Rise early and greet the day as you enjoy a hot beverage and snack before we head off to Kleinbaai Harbour. Here you’ll board a luxury boat and get to experience the Marine Big 5 first-hand including whales, sharks, penguins, dolphins and seals. After this exhilarating experience, arrive back at the lodge for a delicious brunch followed by some relaxation time.
In the afternoon, you can join your guide on an exciting 4x4 flower safari where you will learn all about the magical Cape Floral Kingdom, the smallest yet most diverse floral kingdom in the world.
End another exciting day at Grootbos with an unforgettable 5-course, food and wine pairing experience with our Sommelier. Savour some of the most celebrated wines in the Overberg region and indulge in delectable cuisine prepared by our professional chefs.
Awake to a chorus of birdsong from the comfort of your luxurious canopy bed, followed by a delicious breakfast at the lodge. Join your guide for the Lady Stanford River Boat. This sublime vessel cruises gently down the Klein River. Enjoy light snacks while your guide points out the birdlife along the river.
After exploring the secrets of the river it’s time to discover the magic of the ancient Milkwood forests. Amble through the lush forests, and listen to the birdsong. End your stroll with a fresh and inviting lunch where you can reflect on a morning well spent before heading off on the next adventure.
A short drive to the ocean finds you at the ancient Klipgat Cave, carved out by millennia of wave action and wind. Before returning to the lodge enjoy a glass of bubbly while watching the breathtaking sunsets over Walker Bay.
Let your last day linger a little longer. Soak up the serene beauty of this magical season and curl up in your bed with a view of the sun creeping over the hills to warm up the day.
Join us for a tasty breakfast at the lodge as you continue to relax and unwind. Wanting to leave your mark before saying goodbye to Grootbos? Talk to your guide about planting an indigenous tree and help us to reforest a protected forest species and leave a legacy of your visit behind.
Modern and minimalistic in design, the Forest Lodge has a soothing atmosphere. Relax in one of the 16 freestanding suites and absorb the beauty that surrounds you. Breathe in the fynbos-scented air and let your worries go as nature works its magic.
Our two private villas are the last word in secluded luxury, offering unforgettable experiences to our discerning guests. With intuitive service provided by your own private chef, butler and nature guides, your every need will be met in a home-away-from-home environment of unsurpassed quality.
5 STAR PREMIUM ACCOMMODATION IN FREESTANDING SUITES
Feel connected to the vivid landscapes and pristine natural surroundings when staying in the luxurious freestanding suites. Sink into the splendour of the endless views from your private freestanding private suite, each with its own private deck, fireplace and outdoor shower.
50% DISCOUNT OFF SPA TREATMENTS
Set within the Milkwood forest, a deep tissue massage helps the stress and tension melt away. Enjoy this luxurious pamper session with your partner for our signature couples massage.
COMPLIMENTARY BOTTLE OF GROOTBOS 'LAST SYRAH'
Our South African wines are a passion at Grootbos and our wine collection has been curated over years of purchasing from the Cape Wine Makers Guild Collection.
The Grootbos ‘Last Syrah’ is a beautiful full bodied, plum coloured Syrah, originally harvested for the Paul Cluver Cellar. This is perfect compliment to an intimate evening meal.
WHOLESOME AND NUTRITIOUS BREAKFAST
Start each day with a hearty and delicious breakfast made from locally sourced ingredients. Freshly baked bread, freshly squeezed juices and a variety of fresh fruit. Our executive chef, Benjamin Conradie is ready to cater to any specific tastes and requirements.
Refuel and recharge with a delicious seasonal menu, and you will be ready to explore for the rest of the day. All of our dishes are made from the freshest ingredients sourced straight from our organic farm and from the local harbours
A bountiful local produce from Growing the Future farm provides Head Chef Ben Conradie and his team with only the best ingredients. They have mastered the culinary art of enhancing natural flavours to create mouth-watering selections for an exquisite journey in taste sensations.
TRANSFERS TO/FROM ALL ACTIVITIES
Transfers to/from both included and additional activities are included in your rate. Airport transfers can be arranged with reservations prior to arrival at an additional cost.
GUIDED NATURE WALKS AND HIKES
Head out into the fynbos on foot with your expert nature guide. Discover the deep ancient Afro-Montane or nearby ancient Milkwood forests and marvel at this natural wonderland and all it has to offer.
4x4 FLOWER SAFARI
Head out in an open safari vehicle with your own nature guide to explain the fascinating facts and stories of this floral paradise. This breathtaking landscape is home to the fynbos and is the smallest yet most biodiverse plant kingdom on earth.
FYNBOS HORSEBACK EXPERIENCE
Mount up and explore the 2 500 hectare reserve on horseback with our experienced equestrian guides on hand. Every competency level can be catered for and pony rides for the kids are always a hit.
Enjoy a long lazy lunch in one of nature’s best open air venues with an alfresco personalized picnic, full of delicacies to delight every palette.
ANCIENT CAVE EXPERIENCE
Explore the nearby coastal limestone caves with your guide on hand to explain the remarkable stories behind the early dwellers of these caves. The Klipgat cave is an example of early human dwellings dating back to the Middle and late Stone Age.
Mark the end of another day in paradise from one of our sundowner spots high up on the reserve with endless vistas in every direction or on ‘Piano’ Rock as you sip your favourite drink to crashing of the waves and the breaching of the Southern Right Whales.
The southernmost tip of Africa is a melting pot of diversity. It is known for being both, the ‘Serengeti of the Sea’, home to the Marine Big 5 and the Cape Floral Kingdom. Grootbos, a 5-star Premium luxury eco-reserve is expertly tucked into the gentle slopes above this abundant coastline and offers the perfect location to explore and discover all there is on offer with a dedicated guide at hand.
Set on gentle sloping fynbos hills, nestled between ancient forests, Grootbos Private Nature Reserve offers a secluded, luxury escape. Experience the intimate atmosphere of Forest lodge, the warmth of African hospitality at Garden Lodge or the epitome of luxury at the Grootbos Villas. All of our accommodation at Grootbos has been designed to complement our pristine natural setting, while never compromising on style or luxury.
At Grootbos we have curated a collection of life-changing experiences inspired by our pristine surroundings that will leave your mind, body and soul invigorated and refreshed. This natural eco-paradise is filled with remarkable treasures to explore. Whether it’s a fynbos flower safari, a private picnic feast on the reserve or exploring the bounty of the marine world in the bay below, this unique piece of nature holds innumerable secrets to discover.
Grootbos is perfectly positioned to overlook the incredible Walker Bay. Often referred to as the ‘Serengeti of the Sea’ these waters are brimming with an abundance of marine life. Whales, sharks, dolphins, seals and penguins feed, frolic and play in this marine wonderland. Join us this Secret Season for a guided marine safari, boat-based whale watching, unforgettable shark experiences or a scenic flight and be inspired by the prolific bounty this marine sanctuary holds.
In the heart of the Cape Floral Kingdom lies Grootbos Private Nature Reserve surrounded by unique floral landscapes, where endemic botanical species, birds, insects, and animals abound. With over 800 recorded plant species in our 2,500 hectares of pristine wilderness, the fascinating story of fynbos and forest will be brought to life as you touch, smell and see the natural miracles that surround you.
Protecting the pristine fynbos landscapes and uplifting the surrounding communities is at the very core of the Grootbos DNA. Become part of a journey and discover the innovative ways Grootbos conserves the critically endangered fynbos of the region and creates shared value with surrounding communities. The Grootbos experience will leave you inspired to make a difference and give you a deeper understanding of nature.
Food is life and the food philosophy at Grootbos embraces intimacy, sustainability, creativity and is destination dining at its very best. With an experienced chef team on hand, Grootbos menus draw inspiration from the rich biodiversity of the surrounding fynbos and the fresh local seasonal produce the region has to offer. Enjoy these sumptuous creations in the privacy of our wine cellar, from the hillside hideaway setting of our restaurant with endless views into the horizon or in one of the best venues nature has to offer under a star-studded evening sky, in an ancient Milkwood forest.
The southernmost region of Africa is renowned for producing some of the world’s most prestigious boutique wines. Known for their complex and refined flavours, these unique wines are influenced by the elemental characteristics of the local terroir. Inspired by the creativity of the wines of the Overberg region, Grootbos has carefully curated a premium collection of local wines.
At Grootbos we delight in sharing our passion for wine with our guests. Join our expert sommelier guides as they take you through the range of exciting tastes and flavours showcasing the regions interpretations of the quintessential varieties.
The presence of ancient and indigenous Milkwood forests shapes Grootbos into a magical destination straight out of a fairytale. The reserve provides a protected sanctuary to three of only ten milkwood forests in the Western Cape. It is amongst these 800-year-old forests that Grootbos has carefully laid out their exquisite 5-star eco-luxury lodges. As an oasis of birdlife, insects and small mammals, these special forests showcase the intricacies of nature. Explore the mysteries of these ancient forests with a dedicated guide and enjoy the peace and tranquillity these forests bring.
As the sun glistens over the ocean, it beckons us to explore the wonders of Walker Bay. This rich coastline is home to ancient caves, picture-perfect beaches and a marine paradise brimming with life. Join our exceptional guides as they explore this unique coastline through an array of adventurous, relaxing and fun experiences. Discover the ancient caves rich with the history of our ancestors, take a stroll along the endless white sandy beaches and sip champagne as you watch the spectacular sunset from the limestone cliffs.
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. Take the time to learn more about these fascinating and misunderstood creatures with a life-changing marine adventure this Secret Season at Grootbos.
Every year one particular fynbos species transforms the surrounding Grootbos landscape into a canvas of unbelievable pink. Found nowhere else in the world, this rare Erica irregularis is a wonder to witness. Immerse yourself in the soft hues of the fields with a 4x4 Flower Safari, Horse Riding Experience or a ‘Hive to Home’ honey experience and learn more about this distinctive flower.
En-route to Grootbos
We may be an unforgettable destination but the journey here is an experience in its own right. Marvel at dramatic unspoilt views, stop in at some unique attractions and absorb all the exquisite natural beauty that surrounds you.
As a result of South Africa being placed under Level 4 Lockdown restrictions from 28 June 2021 until 25 July 2021, there will be some changes at the Grootbos lodges during this period.
No alcohol will be served or allowed to be consumed on the premises. Activities on the reserve will operate as per normal and our Bloom Wellness Spa is fully operational, with all necessary COVID-19 Safety Protocols in place.
Guests are also requested to adhere to all COVID-19 Safety Protocols put in place at the Lodge.
We apologise for any inconveniences caused and thank you for your understanding during this time. Please contact us for any further information.