The Secret Season

Experience The Secret Season (10 April to 31 August 2024)

The Secret Season at Grootbos is a special time of year when the unique fynbos fields give way to the most spectacular showcasing of its rich diversity of flora and fauna. Awakened by the glow of the stunning Winter sunsets, the fields come alive with vibrant colour to welcome the Southern Right Whales after their long journey to our warmer shores. 

Tucked away in the middle of this beautifully orchestrated symphony of nature lies Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, your gateway to experiencing all this natural wonder. Join us this Secret Season as we explore the ancient Milkwood forests, set out on an exciting flower safari and take to the waters for a magical whale watching experience. For those wanting to take things slow, indulge in our relaxing wellness treatments or wind down in front of the cosy fireplace with a glass of award-winning South African wine. Experience all that the Secret Season has to offer at Grootbos from May to August with our incredible “Secret Season”.

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Sneak Preview


A scenic two-hour drive from Cape Town brings you to Grootbos Private Nature Reserve. A magical place where nature parades in all its glory during the Secret Season.

Enjoy a refreshing welcome drink while you soak up the glorious vistas. Your luggage will be delivered to your private suites for you to settle in later. First, enjoy a delicious a la carte seasonal lunch, made from the bountiful harvest the season brings. Take a stroll to your private suite where you can get cosy with a hot chocolate in front of the fireplace. After some relaxation time, get ready to saddle up for a horse ride through the Reserve or take things slow with a rejuvenating wellness treatment at our Bloom spa.

Back at the Lodge, refreshed and relaxed, it’s time to sip on sundowners as the sky explodes into a kaleidoscope of colour. Complete the evening with a culinary feast with the best local flavours.

The Experience


Rise early and greet the day as you enjoy a hot beverage and snack before we head off to Kleinbaai Harbour. Here you’ll board a luxury boat and get to experience the Marine Big 5 first-hand including whales, sharks, penguins, dolphins and seals. After this exhilarating experience, arrive back at the lodge for a delicious brunch followed by some relaxation time.

In the afternoon, you can join your guide on an exciting 4x4 flower safari where you will learn all about the magical Cape Floral Kingdom, the smallest yet most diverse floral kingdom in the world.

End another exciting day at Grootbos with an unforgettable 5-course, food and wine pairing experience with our Sommelier. Savour some of the most celebrated wines in the Overberg region and indulge in delectable cuisine prepared by our professional chefs.

The Experience


Awake to a chorus of birdsong from the comfort of your luxurious canopy bed, followed by a delicious breakfast at the lodge. Join your guide for the Lady Stanford River Boat. This sublime vessel cruises gently down the Klein River. Enjoy light snacks while your guide points out the birdlife along the river.

After exploring the secrets of the river it’s time to discover the magic of the ancient Milkwood forests. Amble through the lush forests, and listen to the birdsong. End your stroll with a fresh and inviting lunch where you can reflect on a morning well spent before heading off on the next adventure.

A short drive to the ocean finds you at the ancient Klipgat Cave, carved out by millennia of wave action and wind. Before returning to the lodge enjoy a glass of bubbly while watching the breathtaking sunsets over Walker Bay.

The Experience


Let your last day linger a little longer. Soak up the serene beauty of this magical season and curl up in your bed with a view of the sun creeping over the hills to warm up the day.

Join us for a tasty breakfast at the lodge as you continue to relax and unwind. Wanting to leave your mark before saying goodbye to Grootbos? Talk to your guide about planting an indigenous tree and help us to reforest a protected forest species and leave a legacy of your visit behind. 

The Experience

Secret Season Accommodation

Garden Lodge

Garden Lodge

The spacious and elegant Garden Lodge with its floor-to-ceiling windows create a feeling of being connected with the pristine nature outside. Enjoy one of the best views in Africa from the luxurious lounge area and dine amongst some of South Africa’s finest wines in our brand-new wine cellar.

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Forest Lodge

Forest Lodge

Surrounded by an ancient milkwood forest on one side and fragrant fynbos on the other, Forest Lodge offers a relaxing and tranquil experience. The 16 spacious and exquisitely decorated suites provide the perfect retreat to connect with nature and loved ones while soaking up the stunning panoramic views.

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Private Villas

Private Villas

Experience luxury, privacy and stunning views paired with personalised service in our secluded villas overlooking Walker Bay and Grootbos' fynbos covered hills. Our two luxury villas (4 and 6 bedroom) offer state-of-the-art amenities, a private chef, butler and private guide. Indulge in superb culinary delights and immersive nature experience tailored to your desires.

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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.


Indulge in a wholesome and nutritious breakfast to kickstart your day at Grootbos. Savour freshly baked bread, refreshing juices, and an assortment of fresh fruits. Our chefs are ready to cater to any specific tastes and requirements.


Refuel and recharge with a delicious seasonal menu of light and hearty lunches to give you energy to explore for the rest of the day. All our dishes are crafted from the freshest ingredients and our chefs offer a daily special, ensuring there's always something new and delicious to taste.


End off your day with a dining experience in a captivating setting, while savouring a delectable 6-course meal. Our chefs have mastered the culinary art of enhancing natural flavours to create mouth-watering dishes for an exquisite journey in taste sensations. This delightful experience is perfectly complemented by a superb selection of local and curated wines and beverages.


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 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.


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.


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.


Children under the age of ten stay free of charge.


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.

Experience Grootbos This Secret Season

The Grootbos Experience

A Magical Dining Experience

Where Wine Meets Wilderness

The Gentle Giants of the Sea

The Cape Floral Kingdom

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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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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.

Our Secret Season special offers South African residents an exclusive discounted rate and additional benefits. 

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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