Discover the World-Renowned Cape Floral Kingdom
A UNESCO World Heritage Site and a jewel amongst South Africa’s Natural Beauty
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A South African experience like no other

Explore the rich biodiversity of our beautiful country in truly luxurious style while contributing to the preservation of the environment and the upliftment of local communities.

So Much More than a Luxury Lodge

Explore the Wonders of Nature

From the sophisticated lodges and suites and inspiring experiences to fresh locally-sourced produce, every aspect of your stay has been carefully curated to enhance your connection with the natural world. Our commitment to sustainability and preserving the environment means you can indulge while still feeling a deep connection to nature.

Immersive nature experiences

Discover the Cape Floral Kingdom

Explore this beautiful part of South Africa and discover its natural wonders through a variety of guided experiences that will immerse you in nature. Our collection of unique experiences will introduce you to the unmatched beauty of the Cape Floral Kingdom while creating precious memories with loved ones. 

Breathtaking Lodges in Harmony with Nature

Relax and Rejuvenate in Luxury

Blending harmoniously into the breathtaking surroundings, our sophisticated lodges take inspiration from nature’s magnificence. Feel at one with nature as you look out to the unparalleled views of Walker Bay from each of our undeniably luxurious lodges, freestanding suites and villas.

Wonder and discovery await you at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

Discover what makes this region Special

3500 Hectares of pristine nature to explore
Over 100 endangered plant species under our protection
Kilometres of trails to explore along our incredible coastline
The birthplace of South Africa’s first Florilegium
An aquatic wilderness with unparalleled diversity of marine life
Engaging 4x4 flower safaris and spectacular birding

Awards & Mentions

Condé Nast Traveler - Readers' Choice Awards 2022
Best Hotel in South Africa - The Gold List 2022
Best Family Hotel in the world
Hideaway of the Year
Top 100 Hotels in the World
2013 - Best Hotel
The 101 Best Hotels in the World
Finalist: Tourism for Tomorrow Awards

Redefining eco-tourism globally

We are passionate about living sustainably and in harmony with nature. We have always been more than just a luxury travel destination, which is why we designed the entire Grootbos experience around a movement we pioneered called Progressive Tourism. For over 20 years the Grootbos Foundation has been passionately involved in conserving critically endangered plant species and the indigenous landscapes of the region, while also focusing on the upliftment and skills development of the surrounding communities. Our progressive tourism movement has been recognised and adopted globally and greatly influenced eco-tourism as we know it. 

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Breathtaking Experiences at Grootbos

Create unforgettable memories with loved ones while immersing yourself in uniquely South African experiences.

The Cape Floral Kingdom

The Cape Floral Kingdom is a ‘biodiversity hotspot’ offering a unique floral landscape where endemic floral species, birds, insects and animals abound. The 943 recorded plant species in our 3500 hectares of pristine wilderness will bring the fascinating story of fynbos and forest to life as you touch, smell and see the natural miracles that surround you.

The Marine Big 5

Grootbos is perfectly positioned to overlook the incredible Walker Bay. Often referred to as the ‘Serengeti of the Sea’ these waters are brimming with an abundance of marine life.  Whales, sharks, dolphins, seals and penguins feed, frolic and play in this marine wonderland. Join us this Secret Season for a guided marine safari, boat-based whale watching, unforgettable shark experiences or a scenic flight and be inspired by the prolific bounty this marine sanctuary holds.

Conserving Our Future

Conservation of the Cape Floral Kingdom has always been our mission. This has helped Grootbos become an award-winning leader in sustainable tourism. Learn more about the 3500 hectares of land under our protection and our conservation efforts in the hub of the Cape Floral Kingdom.

An Ancient Milkwood Forest

Discover an enchanting 1000 year old Milkwood forest tucked away in the heart of Grootbos Private Nature Reserve. Experience a sanctuary of nature where the air is filled with the sweet, heady scent of seasonal flowers and the landscape sings with the sound of a million insects and birds.

The Beauty of Walkerbay

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. Discover and explore the remarkable Walker Bay with us this Summer with immersive nature-based experiences.

WHERE WINE MEETS WILDERNESS

Grootbos is set amidst the celebrated Overberg wine region. Discover and experience the award-winning wines of this region. Enjoy guided tours and tastings at renowned wine farms, experience food and wine pairings, and learn from our sommeliers about the wines they love and the stories behind them.

Your Grootbos Experience is inclusive of luxury accommodation in free-standing suites, all meals and a variety of land-based experiences on the reserve.

Exclusive South African Specials

R6,950 per person per night sharing (up to 50% discount on normal rate, 50% off spa treatments)

The Secret Season Special - April to August

During Secret Season the rare Erica irregularis transforms the fynbos fields into the most spectacular hues of pink. This is also the time when we celebrate the return of the Southern Right Whales. 

With nature showing off in all her glory, days are spent being immersed in the world of the fynbos and the coastline of Walker Bay. Nights are reserved for wining and dining in world-class luxury while spending quality time with loved ones.

Your Stay Includes

5-STAR LUXURY ACCOMMODATION

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.

All transfers to and from activities

Transfers to and from all 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.

Complimentary bottle of wine

Meticulously crafted and inspired by nature, savour a complimentary bottle of wine to perfectly pair with your stay.

50% off Spa Treatments

Guests can enjoy up to 50% discount on Spa treatments. Indulge in a couples massage or take the time to pamper yourself with a deep tissue treatment that will melt away your stress and tension.

Fynbos horseback experience

Mount up and explore 3500 hectares of our 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.

Ancient cave experience

Explore the nearby coastal 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.

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. The breathtaking landscape is home to the Cape Floral Kingdom, which is the smallest and yet most diverse plant kingdom on earth.

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 chefs are ready to cater to any specific tastes and requirements.

3-course lunch

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.

5-course dinner

A bountiful local produce from Growing the Future farm provides our Head Chef 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.

Summer Sun Special Accommodation

50% Off the Normal Rate

Forest Lodge
From R6,950 pppn sharing

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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Garden Lodge
From R6,950 pppn sharing

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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Private Villas
From R54,500 pn

Private Villas

Our two secluded villas offer unparalleled luxury and privacy with expansive views over Walker Bay and the pristine fynbos of Grootbos. The Sunbird Villa (4-bedroom) and Fynbos Villa (6-bedroom) both boast state-of-the-art amenities and world-class personalised service. Be treated to superb culinary delights by your private chef and butler, while your private guide creates once-in-a-lifetime experiences tailor-made to your desires.

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Savour the Taste of Grootbos

A Dining Experience to Remember

Drawing inspiration from the rich biodiversity of the fynbos and the fresh seasonal produce the region has to offer, dining at Grootbos is a culinary adventure unlike no other. An authentic farm-to-table experience, we use most of the produce grown organically at our own farm on the reserve.

Enjoy delicious culinary creations in a variety of stunning settings. Dine in our world-class restaurants boasting endless views into the horizon, or in the privacy of our elegant wine cellar and if weather permits, dine beneath the stars in our magical Boma set within an ancient Milkwood forest.

Grootbos is the perfect place to enjoy special moments with loved ones. Garden Lodge is built with families in mind and boasts activities and facilities for all generations to enjoy.

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Enjoy Grootbos All Year Round

The symphony of nature thrives at Grootbos no matter the season. Each month of the year the unique fynbos fields give way to the most spectacular showcasing of its rich diversity of flora and fauna. Each season holds its own secrets and highlights, so you can enjoy Grootbos at any time of the year.

Summer Sun

Summer at Grootbos resonates with bursting life and abundance. The surrounding fynbos hills are covered with colourful pockets of green, red and orange, the sound of cheerful birdsong can be heard all around and the glistening waters of Walker Bay are brimming with incredible marine life.

This symphony of nature inspires our ethos at Grootbos and creates the perfect setting where everyone can reconnect and rejuvenate in nature. Summer is truly unforgettable at Grootbos.

Book your Summer Sun stay at the new Garden Lodge, the contemporary Forest Lodge or one of our exclusive Grootbos Villas.

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Secret Season

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 Grootbos Villas.

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Spring Splendour Season

Tucked between mountain, forest and sea, Grootbos is your gateway to experiencing the wonders of Spring. Step into this natural haven and discover the beauty of the Cape Floral Kingdom and the pristine coastline of Walker Bay through our immersive guided experiences, luxurious accommodation and heart-warming hospitality.

Book your Spring Splendour stay at the new Garden Lodge, the contemporary Forest Lodge or one of our exclusive Grootbos Villas.

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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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A UNIQUE SOUTH AFRICAN EXPERIENCE

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. 

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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