A Five-Star eco-paradise offering peace, tranquillity and access to an abundance of diverse natural environments

Meaning ‘big forest’ in Afrikaans, Grootbos is surrounded by ancient milkwood trees that are the foundation of the remarkable natural environment that envelops this spectacular place. Secluded and luxurious, the lodge is set in its own nature reserve near Gansbaai. The way of life here is all about nature and conservation with daily activities including horse riding, guided walks, nature drives, beach expeditions and fishing.

From the extraordinary free-standing suites of either the family-friendly Garden Lodge or the adults-only Forest Lodge, you can gaze out at the gently rolling hills covered by fynbos that are abruptly halted by towering peaks. Stylishly furnished with luxurious canopy beds, each suite comes complete with a separate lounge, cosy fireplace, and private wooden decks from which you can enjoy the panoramic views. Each has been carefully designed to face towards the setting sun to make the most of the view as the world around you changes colour and glows in a warm orange light.

In keeping with the ethos of the hotel, food here is prepared with organic ingredients sourced from the lodge’s Growing the Future project. Offering elegant fine dining in a world-class setting, the restaurant serves everything from delicious fresh seafood from Walker Bay, to matured beef fillet accompanied by superb local wines. If you’re looking for adventure, there’s plenty on offer here, with everything from scenic flights to see the whales from above, to 4x4 flower safari, cave tours and quad biking available. If you like a more relaxed pace, there’s also the indulgent spa – the perfect spot for a bit of pampering.

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Key information

Between the glittering sea and towering peaks in a peaceful nature reserve close to the cliffs of Walker Bay

Airport transfer time: Approx. 2 hours' drive from Cape Town airport and 30 minutes' drive from Hermanus
Rooms: 27

Accommodation information

27 rooms and suites split between two separate lodges: Garden Lodge and Forest Lodge

Activities

• Head out to try catch a glimpse of southern right whales in Walker Bay (June-December)* • Set out on one of the reserve's many well-marked trails and admire the beautiful flora • Wander along the white sands of the beach.

Dining

2 restaurants (one at each lodge)

*Denotes local charge