Secret Season Special
01 May - 15 July 2019

The Secret Season - May, June & July

3 Nights

The Magical Experience

Traverse fynbos-clad landscapes to learn all about the Cape Floral Kingdom and the unique Erica irregularis, found nowhere else in the world. Explore ancient caves and forage for mussels along a rugged coastline.  Soak up the peaceful, countryside days, while quietly cruising down the Klein River. Head into the fields for a hive to home honey experience. There is so much to discover during this vibrant time and the Secret Season offers a unique look into the intricate biodiversity of Grootbos.

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Day 1 - Overview

Arrive at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve and enjoy a delicious lunch made from seasonal ingredients in the restaurant or outside on the deck. After checking into your private suite and some relaxation time, it’s time to saddle up for a horse ride through the Reserve. Take in the beautiful views over the fynbos landscapes reaching towards the sparkling waters of Walker Bay. Back at the Lodge, it’s time to sip on some sundowners and watch as the sun dips behind the Indian Ocean before sitting down to a 5-course dinner.

Journey through a Magical Season of Wonder

Day 2 - Overview

Start the day with a healthy breakfast before heading out on a 4x4 flower safari to learn all about the magical Cape Floral Kingdom and view our precious Erica irregularis in full bloom. Next, suit up for an interactive hive to home honey experience with our beekeeper. Conclude with a delicious honey-inspired tasting under the ancient Milkwood trees. Treat yourself to a signature treatment at the Deep Green wellbeing spa. Inspired by the fynbos on the reserve to create a relaxing and rejuvenating environment to fully connect to nature. After a delectable lunch, take some time to explore the Lodge and soak up the natural beauty that surrounds you. In the evening, make your way to the cellar for a special food and wine pairing with our Sommelier.

Journey through a Magical Season of Wonder

Day 3 - Overview

After a delicious breakfast in the restaurant or on the outside deck, get ready for a birding orientated riverboat cruise on the Klein River. Continue your exploration of nature’s wonders with a guided walk through the ancient Milkwood forests. After lunch, it’s time to head down to one of the beautiful beaches to forage coastal delicacies and enjoy some sundowners. Back at the Lodge, join our one of our chefs in creating a delicious dish. 

Journey through a Magical Season of Wonder

Day 4 - Overview

Let your last day linger a little longer. Soak up the serene beauty of this magical season. Curl up in your bed with a view as the sun crawls over the hills to warm up the day.  Join us for a delectable breakfast at the lodge. Wanting to leave your mark before leaving? Talk to your guide about planting your own tree. Helping to reforest a protected forest species and leaving a legacy behind. 

*Or Rise early and enjoy a hot beverage and light snack before heading to the Kleinbaai Harbour. Here you’ll board our luxury vessel and head off to marvel at the wonder of the Marine Big 5 (Southern Right Whales, Great White Sharks, Indo-Pacific Bottlenose Dolphins, Cape Fur Seals, African Penguins). Once back at the Lodge and packed, it’s time to say goodbye with a heart filled with magical memories of the Secret Season at Grootbos.

*additional cost

Journey through a Magical Season of Wonder

Your stay includes

5 Star Accommodation in Freestanding Suites

Our luxurious accommodation immerses our guests into the pristine natural surroundings for the utmost in relaxation and beauty. Each freestanding suite is unique and incorporates elegance and style and promises all the comforts our guests’ hearts desire.

5-course dinner

Head Chef Ben Conradie takes great care in sourcing all of his ingredients and knows exactly where every morsel that goes onto your plate comes from. Our five-course dinner includes mouth-watering selections for an exquisite journey in taste sensations.

Horse Riding & Mountain Biking

Saddle up for a horse riding adventure through the fynbos fields and on to gallop in the surf on the beach. Take on our new mountain biking trails that lead you through the Reserve and Flower Valley beyond.

Cave Tours & Mussel Foraging

Explore the history of the ancient coastal caves of Walker Bay and learn all about the landscapes of yesteryear. Get the chance to forage for mussels and prepare them with our executive chef in the Grootbos Kitchens.

Food & Wine Experiences

Prepare once in a lifetime meals with our executive chef or have a wine experience with award-winning local wines. This is an experience your taste buds will not soon forget!

Tour the Gardens

Head to the Siyakhula farm to pick your own fresh veggies and learn more about our Growing the Future project. Visit the Grootbos Nursery and explore the lush gardens that surround the Lodges.

Guided Walks and hikes

Experience the incredible diversity of fauna and flora at Grootbos with a walking tour along our trails. Our knowledgeable guides will take you on an inspiring journey through this ancient and unique destination filled with entertaining and interactive stories.

Nature, marine & coastal drives & walks

Explore our 816 species of flowers over 2500 hectares of pristine wilderness on one of our 4x4 safari drives or cruise along our coastal roads and look out for one or more of our famous Marine Big 5.

Hive to home honey experience

Join our very own beekeeper as he heads to the fields to harvest honey from our hives. Learn all about the busy bees and their hives, and how the olden honey they produce is used in the making of various dishes, including our popular home-made honey ice cream.

Erica irregularis

View the beautiful pink blossoms of the Erica irregularis as the burst into bloom during the Secret Season. Found nowhere else in the world, this Erica is the main attraction this time of year.

Breakfast Buffet & English Breakfast Menu

Start each day with a hearty and delicious breakfast made from locally sourced ingredients. Our executive chef, Benjamin Conradie is ready to cater to any specific tastes and requirements.

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.

3-course lunch

Our delectable three-course lunch will get you ready to set out for your afternoon adventures. All of our dishes are made from fresh ingredients sourced straight from the garden or from the local harbours.

Rates during the Secret Season

  • One of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World™ 
  • Home of the Marine Big Five
  • 3 Milkwood forests over 1000 years old
May, June and July

Our rates include all meals for the duration of your stay, and a variety of land-based guided adventures. For more details please see the "Your Stay Includes" section above.

<>Double Suite - 3 nights

2 Adults Sharing atR 26 700 for 3 nights

<>Family Suite - 3 nights

2 Adults and up to 3 Children Sharing at
R 46 725 for 3 nights

<>Single Suite - 3 nights

1 Adult at R 20 025 for 3 nights

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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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