Sustainable tourism that protects the planet’s natural treasures

National Geographic Unique Lodges Of The World™

A collection of world-class hotels that offer premium guest experiences and are committed to sustainability, community, conservation and culture. 

Where sustainability meets splendour

A celebration and conservation of beauty

Spanning 6 continents and a wealth of wilderness, National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World™ are places where guests can discover parts of the world that not many get to know.

Unique locations where they get the chance to slow down and truly discover the environment and help to preserve the treasures of our planet for generations to come.

Leaders in luxury sustainable tourism

Each member of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World™ has – at its core – the desire to protect its natural and cultural heritage, provide support for local communities and drive environmentally friendly practices.

To be named one of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World™, a member must not only meet all four of the National Geographic Society’s pillars but embody the spirit and drive that runs deeper than simply checking boxes. It’s a genuine commitment to safeguarding the planet’s many precious and unique locations treasures.

Make a difference when you travel

By choosing to stay at one of The National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World™, you are supporting the local community and environment.

You are also contributing to the valuable work of the Society’s explorers, scientists, storytellers and innovators who are working to conserve species and ecosystems, protect cultures and advance understanding of Earth and her inhabitants. 

Grootbos is the custodian of the smallest and most diverse plant kingdom in the world
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Pioneers of Progressive Tourism

  • Grootbos owners, the Lutzeyer family, established The Grootbos Foundation in 2003. 
  • Beyond our programmes we conduct research into ecological, educational and social issues – and then craft impactful solutions.
  • The Cape Floral Kingdom is globally recognised as a conservation hotspot.
How Grootbos drives positive impact travel

In 2003 the Grootbos Foundation was formalised with the vision to conserve the Cape Floral Kingdom and uplift the communities therein.

As a result of our ongoing efforts, we have become recognised as a leading example of sustainability and positive impact travel. Being selected as a member of National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World™ is an accolade that further cements our position as pioneers in sustainable tourism. 

Community - 9,858 children reached through sport

The Football Foundation provides after-school training in football, hockey, athletics, rugby and netball at 16 under-resourced schools.

Culture - 43 international volunteers hosted

International volunteers work with us to lend their support to our programmes and change lives in the process.

Community/Commerce - Career guidance in 5 Overberg high schools

Our Siyakhula programmes support social enterprise development, with the Careers, Employability and Entrepreneurship offered at 6 Overberg High Schools and small businesses across the region.

Community/Commerce - 15 years of vocational training

The Green Futures College provides horticultural, field ranging and eco-tourism training to members of neighbouring communities.

Conservation - 17,500 ha of endangered fynbos under conservation

The Agulhas Green Corridor project is working to connect the Walker Bay Fynbos Conservancy with the Agulhas National Park.

Conservation - 823 plant species: 6 new to science

Through our ecological research on Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, we have identified 806 unique types of fynbos.

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Sustainability accolades and global recognition

Grootbos is a world leader in sustainable tourism and has been awarded the highest international accolades possible, making us one of only a handful of lodges to do so.

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