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Grootbos Nature Reserve

About Grootbos Nature Reserve, South Africa

Named one of National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of the World, Grootbos is a private family-run nature reserve located on the southernmost tip of Africa. The reserves 27 suites are spread across two lodges set within an ancient Milkwood forest, each with a large swimming pool overlooking the seafront and expansive landscaped gardens. The two lodges - the Garden Lodge and Forest Lodge - have been thoughtfully designed to complement the reserves surrounding environment. 

overlooking walker bay, the reserve is located in one of the best areas in South Africa for whale and dolphin watching.

Lodge Details

Style

A 4,200 acre nature reserve with two contemporary and comfortable lodges. 

Setting

Situated on a hillside overlooking Walker Bay, surrounded by an ancient Milkwood forest and fynbos fields.

Accommodation & Facilities

The reserves 27 suites are divided between two lodges: the Garden Lodge and Forest Lodge. The Garden Lodge is more traditionally decorated, in a relaxing setting within the reserves landscaped gardens. Each of the 11 suites in the lodge is luxuriously appointed, with a lounge, ensuite bathroom, underfloor heating and private deck overlooking Walker Bay. 

The Forest Lodge's secluded location within the Milkwood forests makes it ideal for peaceful romantic getaways. With a sophisticated and modern design, the lodge contains 16 free-standing suites complete with lounge, ensuite bathroom and private deck, with floor-to-ceiling windows providing stunning views over the surrounding fynbos fields and ocean. Each lodge also features a restaurant, beauty salon and library, as well as a large outdoor swimming pool or infinity pool.

The reserve also has two exclusive private villas available, offering guests their own swimming pool, wine cellar and fully equipped gym, as well as a private chef, butler and naturalist guide.  

Dining

The Forest and Garden lodges both have restaurants onsite, serving food made using fresh, locally-sourced produce; almost half of the ingredients used come from the reserves own Growing the Future food production and community project. 

Activities

There are a number of activities available on the reserve, including horse riding, bird watching and botanical tours. Guests can also hike along the reserves meandering paths and walkways in search of local flora and fauna. The reserve is located in one of the best areas for whale watching in South Africa, with southern right whales migrating to the area between June and December to raise their young. Head out on a boat or small aircraft for a marine safari witnessing the whales as well as dolphins, sharks and seals.

Child Policy

Children of all ages are welcome in the Garden Lodge, and children over 12 are welcome in the Forest Lodge.

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