Spring Splendour Special - 1 September till 11 December 2020
STEP INTO SPRING
As we tentatively take our first steps into this changed world, it makes sense that this coincides with the onset of spring. A time of regeneration, new growth, of ‘coming to life’. A time where we can see how infinite nature’s source of renewal is all around us.
On Grootbos', spring is more magnified than ever. Nature awakens and the Grootbos landscape comes to life. The surrounding hills are covered in the blanket of pink blossoms of the Erica irregularis, the Southern Right Whales mark their arrival frolicking in the bay below and the sunlight sparkles penetrating the ancient Milkwood forest canopy.
Now more than ever, Grootbos’s ethos of immersion and connection with nature, makes sense. The energy and regeneration across the landscape is tangible with a vibrant energy of the splendour of Spring.
Step into spring with us during our ‘Spring Splendour’ and experience this special time with us.
Example itinerary of your Spring Splendour Experience
Day 1 - Overview
Set on gentle sloping fynbos hills, nestled between ancient forests, Grootbos Private Nature Reserve offers a secluded, luxury escape into peace and tranquillity. Our sample Spring Splendour itinerary is a showcase of this special time at Grootbos, at its best. Personalised itineraries are available to suit any requirements.
On arrival, meet your dedicated nature guide and together customize your ‘Spring Splendour’ itinerary. Our guides are passionate nature enthusiasts that can share all the wonders of this beautiful space with you, at your pace.
Head out onto the Grootbos reserve with your nature guide, for a sensory ‘fynbos flower safari’ and marvel at the wonders of the Cape Floral Kingdom. Fresh air, endless vistas and a greater understanding of the fynbos are an invigorating and inspiring experience that converts us all into fynbos enthusiasts.
Relax into the evening with a sumptuous five course gourmet meal, accompanied by a complimentary bottle of the exclusive Grootbos ‘Last Syrah’. A full bodied 2015 Syrah with raspberry flavours and a beautiful deep plum colour. Good food and wine with your loved one are just the thing to create another magical memory.
Day 2 - Overview
Break the fast, with morning breakfast options sourced from only the freshest organic produce. Our eggs benedict is a must!
Grootbos inspires a spirit of adventure and discovery. During spring the deep blue water of the Atlantic Ocean comes alive with abundant marine life. Explore the pristine coastline with your nature guide at hand and marvel at the endless stretches of white beach as far as the eye can see. Discover the historic limestone caves and imagine early life in this untouched setting.
Relax and unwind with a soul soothing couple massage in our Grootbos Forest Spa set deep within the Milkwood forest.
Enjoy a private dinner in our wine cellar, with our sommelier. The Grootbos wine collection is a carefully curated selection purchased over years, showing off the very best our local winemakers and region have to offer.
Day 3 - Overview
Start the morning on horseback. Mount up with our Grootbos equestrian guides and discover the landscape from a completely different perspective. Every riding competency can be accommodated.
Enjoy a private opulent picnic feast in one of the best venues nature has to offer. Head out and explore the ancient forests deep in the reserve with your dedicated guide. These atmospheric forests are home to a whole world of life of their own and are over 800 hundred years old.
Celebrate the day with a sundowner at one of our viewpoints gazing over this spectacular landscape, amidst the fynbos in bloom. Taking the time to watch this everyday occurrence is a luxury we don’t often allow ourselves.
Make your way back to Grootbos for a dining experience under the stars. Our Boma is surrounded by an ancient milkwood forest and provides the perfect backdrop for an authentic South African “braai”. Retaining the fine dining experience but utilising the unique flavours of open-fire cooking, the Boma dining experience is spectacular.
Day 4 - Overview
Curl up in your bed with a view as the sun crawls over the hills to warm up the day for your last adventures. Slowly make your way to the lodge for a delectable breakfast at the lodge. Remember to try Grootbos’ very own range of organic herbal teas.
Perfect for the birding enthusiasts! Head down the Stanford River on our customized ‘Lady Stanford’ with your guide on hand to point out all the finds of the feathered kind.
Enjoy an a la carte lunch, gazing over the lush fynbos. Our chefs combine the very best of the sumptuous local flavours on offer. With our own indigenous heather in bloom and sunlight on the sea, this is just the setting to enjoy a meal. Once packed, it’s time to say goodbye with a heart filled with unforgettable memories of Grootbos.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Region.With the dawn of Spring, this magical landscape transforms, putting it’s full splendour on display.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.
Grootbos Private Nature Reserve comes to life with the onset of Spring. Free standing suites uniquely positioned in the landscape, offer endless views and are the perfect place to witness this magical landscape in bloom from your private deck. The nearby exclusive Grootbos Villas are set apart and are ideal for multi-generational or group breakaways.Take the time to reconnect and enjoy quality time in complete privacy and tranquility this Spring.
Take the time to invigorate mind, body and soul with immersive nature experiences on Grootbos. Rediscover a zest for life, adventure and create those special memories. Southern Right Whales hug the coastline, hundreds of birds species flit amidst the fynbos and Cape Fur Seals rest on the rocky outcrop of Dyer Island. 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 below, this unique piece of nature holds innumerable secrets to discover. Don’t just visit, live it!
At the southern tip of Africa, where the cold Atlantic and warmer Indian oceans converge, the waters teem with abundance. Southern Right Whales, Great White Sharks, Dolphins, Cape Fur Seals and Penguins all thrive in these waters, a ‘Serengeti of the Sea’. Grootbos overlooks this marine wonderland and is witness to the feeding and frolicking of this oceanic natural paradise, rarely encountered anywhere else in the world. Explore the unparalleled diversity of these remarkable waters this Spring and wonder at the miracle of this natural haven. All activities are accompanied by a Marine biologist on hand to share the fascinating science behind these remarkable ocean species.
Grootbos Private Nature Reserve lies in the heart of the Cape Floral Kingdom. It is a World Heritage Site and acknowledged as the smallest yet most diverse of the world’s plant kingdoms. This extraordinary landscape comes to life with the onset of the splendour of Spring. Invigorate the senses with a Grootbos fynbos flower safari and explore the secret paradise of this magical landscape.Grootbos is committed to conserving this unique environment and hopes to share it’s passion for conserving this treasure with our surrounding communities and guests.
Sustainability is at the very core of the Grootbos DNA. We conserve over 20 000 hectares of vulnerable landscape, home to countless rare and endangered plant, animal and bird species. Our work in our surrounding communities reaches over 10 000 lives each year through our various vocational training, youth sports for development, employability and entrepreneurship training programmes and initiatives. Share our passion for our sustainable journey with us and discover the innovative ways Grootbos conserves the critically endangered fynbos of the region and creates shared value with surrounding communities.
Food is life and the food philosophy at Grootbos embraces intimacy, sustainability, creativity and is destination dining at it’s very best. With an experienced chef team on hand, Grootbos menus draw inspiration from the rich biodiversity of the fynbos in full spring bloom 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 distinguished wines of the Overberg region are influenced by the elemental characteristics of the local terroir. Our local wine makers carefully craft award winning wines, celebrated and coveted by all. Inspired by this creative craft, Grootbos has curated a premium selection of local wines from the most exclusive wine auctions over the last decade.We delight in sharing our passion for wine with our guests with a guided wine tasting experience with our expert sommelier. We tailor tastings to our guests interests and palates and love to showcase the region’s unique interpretations of South African varietals.
Half of the world’s population of Southern Right Whales converge in the sanctuary of Walker Bay with the onset of Spring. They come to mate, calve and raise their young. These colossal, gentle giants of the sea have been hunted to the verge of extinction and it is a privilege to be in their presence. Whether from the coastal cliffs or with an aerial view by air, this encounter is not to be missed. Explore this awe-inspiring experience with us at Grootbos this ‘Spring Splendour’, as we celebrate all the natural wonders this phenomenal region offers.
Grootbos is a protected sanctuary for three, ancient White Milkwood forests over 800 years old. With the warmer days of Spring, the forests transform into an oasis for birdlife, insects and small mammals foraging amongst the foliage. Explore the mysteries of these ancient forests with a dedicated guide and enjoy the peace and tranquility these forests bring.The sun dappled Milkwood forest is also home to our Forest spa, a perfect setting to melt the stress away.
The Erica irregularis is a keystone fynbos species and is so exceptionally rare, that it is largely concentrated on the Grootbos Reserve.It flowers once a year and transforms the Spring hillsides into a vibrant glow of pink splendour. The blooming Erica creates a hive of activity for the Cape honey bee and this synergy produces a distinctive honey.This dark, golden liquid is used in our signature honey ice-cream and can be enjoyed in our fynbos honey treatment in our forest spa.
Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, a rich botanical landscape of diverse ecosystems, a thriving diversity of life and home to the Marine big five.With the glow of warmth of Spring, the season of ‘new life’ has arrived on Grootbos. The hills erupt in a blanket of pink blossoms, the dormant, delicate fynbos emerges in bright and bold colour and the Southern Right Whales frolic and breach in the bay below.This exclusive luxury location offers nature immersed activities ranging from our Grootbos fynbos flower safari, to bird watching with expert guides, to horse riding through the reserve.
The secluded Walker Bay is framed by white washed dunes and the start of gentle fynbos hills below Grootbos.This rich coastline is home to ancient caves, picture perfect beaches and tidal rockpools pulsating with a myriad of scuttling creatures. Spring heralds a time of warmer weather and waters and marks the arrival of the Southern Right Whales and a host of Pelagic birds. They all arrive to feast and calve in the sanctuary of Walker Bay. Discover and explore this remarkable marine wonderland of Walker Bay with us this Spring with immersive experiences in this natural wonderland. Guided activities in the fynbos, coastline or on the ocean are an invigorating experience reaffirming the splendour of nature this Spring.
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 ‘Spring Splendour’.
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.