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 What's Included section below the rates table.

Secret Season Special


Valid Between 1 May - 31 August 2023

Discover the secrets of Grootbos Private Nature Reserve between May and August as the blooming winter fynbos transform the landscape in vibrant colours, and the Southern Right Whales make their way back to our warmer shores.

The Secret Season is the perfect time of year to spend quality time with friends and family while enjoying our range of immersive nature experiences, savouring award-winning South African wines and world-class cuisine all within a luxury five-star setting.

Book your Secret Season stay at the new Garden Lodge, the contemporary Forest Lodge or one of our exclusive Private Villas.

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Our rates are Full-board and also include many of the reserve activities. Take a look at the panel below to see what is included in our rate

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Luxury Suite
Garden Lodge, Forest Lodge
Low Season (1 May 2023 - 15 Jul 2023)

Price per Night

2 Adults R 18 200
1 Adult R 13 650
High Season (16 Jul 2023 - 15 Dec 2023)

Price per Night

2 Adults R 25 000
1 Adult R 18 750
Peak Season (16 Dec 2023 - 10 Jan 2024)

Price per Night

2 Adults R 27 000
1 Adult R 20 250
High Season (11 Jan 2024 - 30 Apr 2024)

Price per Night

2 Adults R 25 000
1 Adult R 18 750
Family Suite
Garden Lodge
Low Season (1 May 2023 - 15 Jul 2023)

Price per Night

2 Adults and 3 Children Sharing From
R 31 850
High Season (16 Jul 2023 - 15 Dec 2023)

Price per Night

2 Adults and 3 Children Sharing From
R 43 750
Peak Season (16 Dec 2023 - 10 Jan 2024)

Price per Night

2 Adults and 3 Children Sharing From
R 47 250
High Season (11 Jan 2024 - 30 Apr 2024)

Price per Night

2 Adults and 3 Children Sharing From
R 43 750
Room Type Occupancy Low Season (1 May 2023 - 15 Jul 2023) High Season (16 Jul 2023 - 15 Dec 2023) Peak Season (16 Dec 2023 - 10 Jan 2024) High Season (11 Jan 2024 - 30 Apr 2024)
Price per Night Price per Night Price per Night Price per Night
Luxury Suite (Garden Lodge, Forest Lodge) 1 Adult R 13 650 R 18 750 R 20 250 R 18 750
2 Adults R 18 200 R 25 000 R 27 000 R 25 000
Family Suite (Garden Lodge) 2 Adults and 3 Children Sharing From
R 31 850
R 43 750
R 47 250
R 43 750
Looking for an exclusive experience? Find out more about our Private Villas

Your Stay Includes


Feel connected to the vivid landscapes and pristine natural surroundings when staying in our luxurious freestanding suites. Sink into the splendour of the endless views from your elegant suite, each with its own private deck, fireplace and outdoor shower.


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 both included and additional activities are included in your rate. Airport transfers can be arranged with reservations prior to arrival at an additional cost.


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.


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.


Mount up and explore the 3 500 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.


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.

Let us help you create a magical African journey
Inclusions and exclusions


  • Accommodation in freestanding luxury suites
  • Welcome drink served upon arrival
  • Water, soft drinks, tea and coffee, minibar
  • Fresh fruit daily in suite
  • Light lunch
  • 5-course dinner
  • Breakfast buffet with full English breakfast menu
  • Horse riding for non- and experienced riders through the reserve (please note that the weight limit is 90kg/198lbs per person/ children under the age of 12 are only allowed on guided pony rides)
  • Guided walks including fynbos nature tours and Milkwood walks
  • Nature, marine & coastal drives and walks including the Walker Bay Nature Reserve, De Kelders cliff walk, Klipgat Cave combined with seasonal land-based whale watching (whale watching especially during June – December)
  • Beach Picnics
  • Progressive Tourism Tour
  • Bird-watching: experience a great variety of bird species on the reserve
  • Children activities, i.e., treasure hunts through the forest and fynbos, pony rides and arts & crafts in the dedicated children playroom
  • Various maps of the reserve and the area for self-guided walks
  • Transfers to/from all activities


  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Laundry
  • Spa Treatments, Whale Watching Boat Trips, Boat Trips to Dyer Island, Shark Cage Diving, Scenic Flights, Wine Tours, Lady Stanford River Cruise, Fat Biking (Please note that some of those activities do not operate on the 25th and 31st of December as well as the 01st of January each year)
  • Items of a personal nature (telephone calls, items bought from the Grootbos Gallery or Gift Shop)

ADDITIONAL TOURS AND SERVICES (for the guest’s own account):

We can arrange additional services and tours in advance or during the guest’s stay:

  • Boat trip to Dyer Island combined with seasonal whale watching (July – December).
  • Shark Cage Diving
  • Scenic Flights
  • Fat Biking
  • Lady Stanford River Cruise
  • Day trip to Cape Agulhas, the most southern tip of Africa
  • Wine tasting at a wine estate
  • Road and air transfers (own landing strip) from Cape Town
  • Private Guide & Vehicle: R 4000.00 per day (on request only)


Shark Cage Diving, Whale Watching Boat Trip, Scenic Flights, Wine Tours, Private Guides - Any cancellations within 7 days will incur a cancellation fee of 100%. Please note that Shark Cage Diving and Whale Watching Boat Trip do not operate on the 25th of December and 01st of January each year.

Spa Treatments - A 50% cancellation fee will apply for treatments cancelled less than three hours in advance.

Booking policies


  • Rates include VAT @ 15% and are quoted in SA Rand (subject to changes).
  • Rates exclude Conservation Contribution of R 250.00 per adult per night.
  • All reservations require a 25% deposit upon confirmation of the booking to be paid within 7 days. Grootbos reserves the right to cancel the booking should payment not be received.
  • Final payment needs to be made 30 days prior to guests’ arrival. Grootbos reserves the right to cancel the booking should payment not be received.
  • For last minute reservations, full payment is required upon confirmation!
  • All requests, confirmations and cancellations only valid if in writing.
  • Provisional bookings will only be held for 7 days as stated on the provisional confirmation; thereafter the booking will automatically be released.
  • Rates are not guaranteed until the booking is confirmed.
  • We strongly recommend a minimum stay of 2 nights throughout the year.
  • No pets allowed.
  • All suites are non-smoking.
  • Forest Lodge accepts children over the age of 12 years.
  • Garden Lodge accepts children of all ages.
  • Preferred Credit Cards: VISA, Mastercard & AMEX (no Diner’s Club Cards accepted)



The cancellation fee is a percentage of the full accommodation account.

  • Date of confirmation up to 46 days prior to travel: 5% cancellation fees
  • 45 – 21 days prior to travel: 45% cancellation fees
  • 20 – 0 days prior to travel: 95% cancellation fees

PEAK SEASON: 16 December 2023 – 10 January 2024 (FIT & Groups):

  • An initial non-refundable deposit equal to one night’s accommodation and conservation contribution to be paid upon confirmation.
  • The balance of the payment is due by 01st September 2023.
  • No refund will be granted for cancellations thereafter.
General policies


Check in time is 14h00, but you are welcome to arrive at Grootbos any time and make use of our facilities. Early arrivals are subject to availability and are charged at an additional cost.

Check out time on the day of departure is 11h00. Late departures are subject to availability and are charged at an additional cost. If we are unable to accommodate your request for a late check-out, we will gladly store your luggage whilst you enjoy your day at Grootbos Nature Reserve.


We strongly recommend to every guest to be adequately covered by comprehensive travel and medical insurance covering at least injury, death, medical costs, emergency evacuation, repatriation, loss of or damage to personal belongings (due to theft or otherwise) and cancellation.


Grootbos Accommodation Enterprises (Pty) Ltd

First National Bank Hermanus

Account No. 52470024996

Branch Code. 200412

Swift Code. FIRNZAJJ

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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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At Grootbos we celebrate and conserve the natural beauty of South Africa. Become immersed in the natural world with our unique experiences and indulge in unparalleled luxury at our breathtaking lodges and villas.

We welcome South Africans and invite you to experience Grootbos with our special offer.

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.

Click below to learn more about these exciting developments.

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