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Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

Luxury eco-reserve in the Western Cape located close to Hermanus.
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Less than two hours drive from Cape Town, between Stanford and Gansbaai, Western Cape


Grootbos Private Nature Reserve is a luxury eco-reserve in the Western Cape located close to Hermanus tucked in between the mountains, a forest and the Ocean.
Grootbos Private Nature Reserve showcases the ultimate splendour of the Cape Floral Kingdom and the magnificent marine life of the southern tip of Africa. Situated only 2 hours from Cape Town, and tucked away in an ancient Milkwood Forest, this reserve offers an extensive variety of experiences and opulent facilities. Stroll through an ancient Milkwood forest, soak up the beauty of the fynbos or admire dramatic mountain and sea views whilst making your way towards your private suite.

Forest Lodge is the perfect place for a blissful retreat or for connecting with yourself or nature. As you walk to and from your suite you will be completely encompassed by the Magical Milkwood Forest. Apart from the 16 free-standing suites found at Forest Lodge, there are a multitude of unique offerings at this beautiful destination. With 180-degree ocean and fynbos views, an infinity pool with glorious views and a restorative beauty salon set amidst trees, this Lodge is nothing short of paradise.

Staying at Forest Lodge will leave you feeling restored, stress-free and reconnected with yourself. Each suite is exceptionally designed and fitted with all the necessary amenities to ensure you have a supremely comforting experience. These suites are ideal for the perfect romantic getaway as it is secluded, private and extremely breath-taking. Each suite features a spacious bedroom with an en-suite bathroom. A unique feature is the Rain Shower which is sure to give you a sensational experience. The spacious suites open out onto a private deck with outstanding views of the Walker Bay.

The Restaurant at Forest Lodge is of an exceptional standard as each meal that is presented to you bursts with flavour, colour and texture. All produce is locally sourced, tying into the sustainable tourism that Grootbos strives to achieve.

Every day at Grootbos is an opportunity for new experiences. With an expansive list of things to do such as:

Guided walks and 4×4 drives through the reserve
1-2 hour guided walks through the extensive Milkwood Forest.
1-2 hour guided horse rides through the reserve
Guided excursions to the Klipgat Cave, one of the most important archaeological sites
in South Africa (ten minutes from Grootbos)
Guided trip along the nearby coast to view the whales (June/July to December)
Guided walks along the rocky coast, exploring the marine life in the pools
Opportunities to explore sandy beaches, swim in sheltered bays and picnic on the beach
Bird-watching - experience a great variety of bird species on the reserve
Boat-trips to Dyer Island to watch about 60.000 Cape Fur Seals, penguins, seabirds, the Great White Shark, dolphins and the Southern Right Whales (June to December).
Shark cage diving.
Scenic Flights
Beach Horse Riding
Quad Biking.
Fynbos Discoveries
Cave Tours & Mussel Foraging
Marine Safaris
Honey Harvesting
Bird Watching
Gardens at Grootbos
Mountain Biking
Food & Wine Experience
Lady Stanford River Cruise


    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
    Fynbos Horseback experience
    Guided Walks including Fynbos nature tours and Milkwood walks
    Various maps of the reserve and the area for self-guided Walks
    Transfers to/from all activities
    50% off all Spa Treatments offered at the Bloom Spa
    1 x complimentary bottle of the Grootbos Creation Merlot, per stay


During the Secret Season at Grootbos (May, June & July) nature comes together in an orchestra of natural and special wonders. The skies are decorated with bursts of sunset hues and flashes of brightly coloured plumage, the fields are adorned with the vibrant colours of blooming fynbos, the air is filled with the buzzing of bees and birdsong, and the deep blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean come alive with The Marine Big 5
These lodges are strategically placed within the heart of the Cape Floral Kingdom – the smallest, but richest of the six floral kingdoms


The Grootbos Lodges are listed as one of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World whilst maintaining a perfect score at sustainable tourism.

Special SADC Rate


per person per night sharing. Valid until 28 March 2024.

Standard Rate


per person per night sharing.

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