The Serengeti of the sea

Marine Safari

Visit one of the only places in the world that plays home to such an extensive range of marine wildlife, and witness these fearsome, graceful and comical creatures in their own aquatic wonderland.

A safari unlike any other

Seeing the Marine Big 5 in their natural habitat is a sight few have had the privilege to witness. Enjoy close encounters with whales, sharks, dolphins, seals and penguins in all their glory as they feed, frolic and play.

Join us on a purpose-built eco-friendly tour vessel as we partner with Dyer Island Cruises, and enjoy a trip led by experienced marine biologists and guides. Witness thousands of Cape Fur Seals basking in the sun, try and spot some fearsome Great White Sharks or delight as bottlenose dolphins surf right by the boat.

  • Grootbos is perfectly positioned on the doorstep of this marine paradise.
  • Learn fascinating facts from guides and biologists, with the emphasis always on conversation.
  • Float alongside curious Southern Right Whales or laugh at comical colonies of African Penguins.
  • Spot an abundance of bird and marine life and soak up exquisite scenery.

From Our Expert Guides

Clayton Niemand
"Experience an unforgettable marine safari and be blown away by the abundance of marine life"


Whale Watching and so much more at Grootbos - I stayed at Grootbos, ostensibly to see the Southern Right Whales.

Donovan Clark - United Kingdom

Luxury with nature to enjoy - Home of the "Marine Big 5" and with unparalleled floral diversity.

Chris Devas - Canada

The safari is a must and you will gaze stunning views allover the Walkerbay from Hermanus to Gansbaai. Definitely we will return, probably in the whale season. 

Bruno S - South Africa

This is definitely a bucket list destination.

Linsey Caine - South Africa

Wonderful experience - we went off-site for the whale watching and shark cage excursion.

Juliane Bruwer - United States


Grootbos invites you to experience our country's most precious floral biome and marine wilderness like never before. Enjoy unique guided experiences while being treated to five-star luxury at our lodges and villas. We offer South African residents an exclusive discounted rate and additional benefits.