Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

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The breathtaking Private Nature Reserve, which nestles in indigenous fynbos near Hermanus in the Western Cape of South Africa, features two beautiful luxury lodges.

Grootbos has the exclusive Forest Lodge, as well as the Garden Lodge, have been artfully constructed within rare Milkwood and fynbos forests on a mountain slope overlooking the famous whale watching region of Gansbaai and Hermanus

The five-star Grootbos accommodation and reserve lie only two hours away from Cape Town down the lush Garden Route, in the heart of the Cape's abundant floral, sea, and wildlife landscapes.

This nature reserve is home to distinct and unique animals, bird and plant species which can only be found in this part of the world making Grootbos an extraordinary place.

The impressive lodges offer the most comfortable and elegant accommodation in the region, with 27 suites offering spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean. Guests savour the most exquisite cuisine complemented with fine wines while admiring beautiful sunsets. Specialised guides at lodge provide exciting exploration tours on foot, horseback or 4x4 drives.

Quick Facts

  • Stay in your own free-standing, five-star, luxury suite
  • Enjoy incredible panoramic views and sunsets
  • Magnificent dining venues and most delicious cuisine
  • A wide variety of stimulating activities, tours, and adventures
  • Award-winning, a world leader in Responsible Tourism
  • Set in the heart of the unique Cape the Floral Kingdom
  • Home to incredible Marine Life which is exclusive to the Southern Tip of Africa
  • Fascinating heritage (ancient caves, lighthouses, and shipwrecks)
  • Located only 2 hours from Cape Town and 30 minutes from Hermanus.
  • Rates are inclusive of meals

Garden Lodge

Beautiful flowers and lush fynbos surround the thatch and stone Garden Lodge with a fish pond as well as a terrace featuring a swimming pool overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, flank the entrance. The charming lodge with its 11 stand-alone suites offers scenic views of fynbos covered mountains and the sea.

Beautifully located, it features a contrast of lavish luxury and natural beauty. The Lodge is family-friendly and does accommodate children of all ages.

The luxury suites provide romantic canopy beds, en-suite bathrooms, separate lounges with fireplaces, mini bar, tea, and coffee making facilities as well as wooden decks.

  • Beautiful terrace
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Stables and horse-riding
  • Play area where rabbits, ducks, and birds breed
  • Grootbos Ecological interpretation and research centre
  • Restaurant, lounge, and library
  • Beauty salon
  • Internet access
  • Entertainment room.

Forest Lodge

The Forest Lodge represents an architectural masterpiece of contemporary high design. The 16 freestanding suites nestle in a 1500-year old Milkwood Forest and provide tranquillity and privacy. Wooden sundecks and an outdoor swimming pool are available for guests' enjoyment.

They offer a lounge complete with fireplace, bedroom with ensuite bathroom, double showers, and baths, heated towel rails and hairdryer, wooden deck, safe for valuables and mini-bar, as well as DSTV and telephone. The lodge welcomes children from 12 years of age and older.

Guided Adventures at Grootbos

  1. Whale Watching
  2. Shark Cage Diving in Gansbaai
  3. Walks and Hikes
  4. 4x4 Fynbos Flower Safari
  5. Bird Watching
  6. Scenic Flights
  7. Quad Biking on Grootbos Reserve
  8. Walker Bay Beach
  9. Cave Tours
  10. Horse Riding on the reserve

Blissful and rejuvenating Groot Bos spa treatments ranging from shiatsu to full facials await guests at the Health and Beauty Spa. Treatments can also be offered within the comfort of the guest's suite, in the exclusive spa facilities, and even in the magnificent forest surrounded by the ancient Milkwood trees of the reserve.


  • Air Conditioning
  • DVD player
  • Ensuite private bathroom
  • Fireplace
  • Hairdryer
  • Heated towel rails
  • Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Mini bar
  • Outside Shower
  • Safe
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Telephone
  • Terrace
  • Underfloor Heating

Facilities Available at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

  • Boardroom Facilities
  • Children's playground
  • Conference venue
  • Garden
  • Garden Terrace
  • Helipad
  • Hiking trails
  • Hotel Bar
  • Jogging trail
  • Nearby golf course
  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Sea Views
  • Spa
  • Sun deck
  • Swimming Pool
  • Viewing deck
  • Wellness centre

More Information on Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

FAQs about Grootbos Private Nature Reserve
What is the contact number for reservations?

The contact numbers to make a reservation at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve are:

•  Cape Town Reservations +27 (0) 21 794 9050
•  Durban Reservations: +27 (0) 31 941 5945
•  Johannesburg Reservations: +27 (0) 10 446 8045.

Alternatively, you can check availability and book online by clicking here.

Where about is Grootbos Private Nature Reserve located?
Grootbos Private Nature Reserve is located at the following location / address: Walker Bay, Hermanus, Hermanus, 7200.