Grootbos Nature Reserve, with its two 5-star lodges is a jewel of Cape ecotourism and luxury accommodation. The reserve is spectacularly situated on the fynbos and forest clad hills overlooking the whale-watching haven of Walker Bay. Grootbos has carved a unique niche in the up market eco-lodge sector by specializing in the Cape region of South Africa’s world-renowned flora and marine biodiversity. This multi-award winning 1750 ha reserve is home to more than 750 different species of plants, offers warm hospitality, excellent cuisine, fine South African wines and is a nature lover’s paradise.
Visiting Grootbos provides a true sense of wonder at what nature can produce. The flora ranges from stunning and protected Fynbos to the largest Milkwood Forests in the world. The beaches are lapped by crystal clear waters frequented by marine life such as Southern Right Whales, the rare African Penguin and Great White Sharks. As far as things to do, the opportunities are endless. Caves are to be explored, the reserve discovered on horseback rides and many activities are available which promise to make a trip to Grootbos unforgettable, such as shark cage diving, whale watching and hiking through some of the most stunning scenery in the world.
The Garden Lodge boasts sweeping views over Walker Bay and is located amongst a beautiful three hectare indigenous fynbos gardens. Made from stone, thatch and a selection of fine timber the main Lodge is stylish and modern with a strong African feel. All suites have a separate bedroom with en-suite bathroom, large decks and a large lounge with fireplace.
The Forest Lodge was built in 2006 and is an architectural masterpiece of sophisticated contemporary design. The Lodge consists of a main lodge, as well as 16 luxurious, freestanding suites built on the edge of the forest. Each suite is furnished with rich textures, romantic canopy beds with the finest linen and down quilts, spacious sunny bathrooms, separate lounges with cozy fireplaces and mini bars. From your private deck you can soak up exquisite ocean and mountain views and watch the sun disappear from a flaming sky into the Atlantic Ocean.
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Our gourmet cuisine, created by our dynamic young team led by Executive Chef Duane Lewis, is crafted from the finest and freshest local ingredients, prepared with innovative flair and presented with a touch of brilliance and colour. Drawing inspiration from the abundance of scents and colours in nature around them, our Master Chefs conjure up magical combinations that replenish and inspire body and soul. Fish selections caught on the day, succulent meats and fresh home-grown vegetables, enhanced with flavours from our flourishing herb garden enhance the fine dining experience. The award winning wines of the Overberg region provide the ideal accompaniment to our gourmet cuisine.
Activities in and around Grootbos Private Nature Reserve include a wide variety of spa treaments, whale watching, shark cage diving, scenic flights, nature drives, horse riding, bird watching, archaeological cave explorations, fishing and other marine activities, and forest walks and hikes.
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