Whale Watching Package

3 Nights

The Experience

There aren’t many places in the world where you can spot whales on land, sea and in the air, getting fresh perspectives and enjoying new experiences every time. Sip on sundowners as you watch the horizon glow with orange light, see sharks, penguins and dolphins in their natural habitat and go on a historical cave tour that will open your eyes. You’ll also explore the unique fynbos kingdom at Grootbos with knowledgeable guides who’re passionate about this area they call home.

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Day 1 - Overview

Arrive at Grootbos Nature Reserve and enjoy a delicious lunch using seasonal ingredients we’ve sourced from our own organic farm. Check-in to your suite and then head off on a land-based whale watching excursion as you spot Southern Right Whales not more than 30 metres from the coast. Sip on a sundowner from the balcony of our Whale House and then later, sample a delectable 5-course dinner back at the lodge.

Mystery and wonder

Day 2 - Overview

After a cup of coffee and a pastry, you’ll leave for Kleinbaai Harbour where you’ll board our luxury boat and experience the Marine Big 5 in all their glory: whales, sharks, penguins, dolphins and seals. Return to the lodge mid-morning for a delicious brunch before you enjoy some relaxation time in your suite or at the beauty salon. In the afternoon, we’ll head to the pristine beaches of Walker Bay where you’ll learn all about ancient caves and the intriguing history of the area.

Mystery and wonder

Day 3 - Overview

After breakfast get ready for an invigorating 4x4 flower safari where you’ll spot vividly coloured wildflowers, the birds who pollinate them, as well as forests, valleys and wide vistas. After a sumptuous lunch, board a Cessna and view the whales from a completely different perspective during an unforgettable 30-minute flight over Walker Bay. End your day with a delicious 5-course dinner in our restaurant.

Mystery and wonder

Day 4 - Overview

Join one of our guides on an early morning walk through the enchanted Milkwood forest as you listen to birdsong and soak up the dappled morning light and clean air. After a leisurely breakfast, depart Grootbos with rich memories and a soothed soul.

Mystery and wonder

Your Stay Includes

5-STAR LUXURY ACCOMMODATION IN THE GROOTBOS PRIVATE VILLAS

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.

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.

3-COURSE LUNCH

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.

5-COURSE DINNER

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.

FYNBOS HORSEBACK EXPERIENCE

Mount up and explore the 3500 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.

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.

SUNDOWNERS

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.

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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.

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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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Join us at Grootbos with the Spring Splendour Special - Exclusively for South Africans

Spring Splendour Special: R5,450 pp/pn sharing (50% discount on normal rate, 50% off spa treatments and complimentary bottle of Creation Merlot) 

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.

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