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Whale Watching - Southern Right Whales Walker Bay
Shark Cage Diving Gansbaai South Africa
Grootbos Forest Lodge Suite and Pool

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve is located two hours from Cape Town just outside of the coastal town of Hermanus – one of the world’s most famous whale watching Mecca’s, and offers guests 5-star luxury accommodation along South Africa’s exquisite Garden Route. The Grootbos lodges are set atop the slopes of the mountains and overlook multi-coloured flowers, lush indigenous vegetation, exquisite shoreline and dramatic views of the ocean, some of the finest in South Africa.

As one of the most beautiful locations on the Garden Route, this area is known for having distinct and unique plant, bird and animal life.

Explore the area with specialised guides on foot, 4×4 or horseback – adventures include land-based whale watching, flower safaris, cave and beach exploration. Other exciting activities include boat-based whale watching, shark cage diving, scenic flights, birding and wine tours. After a busy day relax with fine wine, cuisine, spectacular sunsets and luxurious spa treatments.  


  • 3 meals per day including 5-course gourmet dinners
  • Luxury suites with cosy fireplaces
  • Spacious en-suite bathrooms
  • Spectacular views from all rooms
  • Land-based whale watching
  • Specialised guides
  • Cave excursions and beach visits/walks
  • Beach picnics
  • Flower safaris – 4×4 drives and walks through the fynbos and forests
  • Birding excursions
  • Horse riding
  • Mini-bar
  • DVD player and satellite TV
  • Tea & coffee station
  • Safe & telephone

Additional activities

A variety of nearby experiences can be booked at additional cost. These include boat-based whale watching – experience the Marine Big 5 (whales, dolphins, African penguins, Cape Fur Seals and Great White shark), shark cage diving, scenic flights over the ocean, mountains and vineyards below, revitalising wellness and beauty treatments and wine tours of the Hermanus Wine Route. One of the best tours in South Africa!


Grootbos offers three luxury accommodation options – Forest Lodge, Garden Lodge and the Grootbos Villa.

Forest Lodge consists of 16 freestanding suites located in a 1500 year old Milkwood forest against a backdrop of fynbos, shore and sea. A contemporary design of glass and steel enhances outside elements and breathtaking views while warm lighting and fireplaces creates romantic ambiance. Enjoy sunny days, sunrises and sunsets out on the wooden sundecks and in your private infinity pool.  Ideal for honeymoon couples. Accommodates children 12 years and older.

Garden Lodge is located in indigenous forests amid a sea of colourful flowers and lush foliage, perched on mountain slope overlooking sweeping views of the shores and ocean.  The lodge comprises 11 freestanding suites crafted from stone, thatch and fine timber reflecting an African essence with an intercontinental twist.  High beamed ceilings and endless windows in the restaurant, lounges and library offer breathtaking views. The lodge is also equipped with a beauty salon, and is perfect for children with a play room, stables, educational centre and outside play area with rabbits, ducks and birds. Garden Lodge has 2 x two bedroom luxury suites perfect for travelling families or friends.

The Villa is located in a natural wonderland of indigenous flora boasting 180° views of Walker Bay and Hermanus. The villa is for exclusive use only, perfect for travelling groups of families and friends.