Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

Overlooking Walker Bay, which up to 160 Southern Right whales call home between June and December, Grootbos Private Nature Reserve is an oasis of luxury set amid unique native wilderness. Established by a family to protect the the last remaining vestiges of “fynbos”, delicate coastal flora endemic to South Africa’s Western Cape, this sanctuary is now a magnet for rare birds. Its cliffs also offer some of the best land-based whale-watching on Earth.

Guests at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve have two distinct wings to choose from. Crafted in stone, timber and thatch, beautiful family-friendly Garden Lodge nestles amid wildflowers. The one and two bedroom suites here are warm and inviting, with fireplaces and private furnished decks looking out over the horizon. Forest Lodge is much more contemporary, featuring sophisticated modern suites that sleep two, some with private plunge pools – an ideal choice for honeymooners or couples. Both lodges boast their own dining, lounge and recreational areas.

It’s easy to fill your days here at Grootbos Private Reserve. Expert guides are on hand to accompany you on walks through the hills, 4X4 flower safaris, cave tours, horseback riding adventures and bird-watching. You can also head down to the coast to participate in shark cage diving or a boat cruise in search of the marine “Big 5” comprised of Southern Right whale, great white shark, Cape fur seal, dolphin and African penguin.

Location

How to get to Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve is a scenic 2 hours’ drive from Cape Town, following Sir Lowry’s Pass through the mountains or the stunning coastal route that traces the Whale Coast.

Activities at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

  • Guided walks
  • 4×4 flower safaris
  • Horseback riding
  • Whale-watching
  • Shark cage diving

*Some activities are available at extra cost.

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve Highlights

  • A unique private nature reserve established to protect rare coastal flora
  • Comprised of two distinct wings: one for families, the other for adults
  • With a wealth of activities on offer from flower safaris to horseback riding
  • Exceptional cuisine and outstanding facilities
  • Discover South Africa’s marine “Big 5”

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Why South Africa: Described as “a world in one country” South Africa is more than just a safari destination. The wildlife of Kruger and the many private reserves throughout the country are complemented by South Africa’s fascinating history and diverse cultures, the beautiful coastline and majestic landscapes of the Cape.

Game Viewing: Gameviewing is best during the dry season (May-Oct); however the summer months are good for general touring and sightseeing.

Culture: Many different cultures including Zulu, Swazi, Xhosa, Indian, Cape Malay and European. A unique cuisine, as well as distinct music and dance. Elegant Cape Dutch architecture.

Climate: The inland plateau has a temperate climate (17°-30°C), whilst the coast is subtropical and more humid (22°-30°C). The seasons are the same as Australia, however most of the rain falls in summer. Winters are dry and sunny, but nights can be very cold. The Western Cape is the exception, with a “Mediterranean” climate – cool, wet winters and warm dry summers (17°-24°C).

Combine With: South Africa is easily combined with neighbouring Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Mozambique, Zambia or the nearby tropical island of Mauritius. Johannesburg is a very popular gateway to most of southern and eastern Africa.

Getting There: Many major airlines including South African Airways, Qantas, Etihad, Emirates, Kenya Airways, Qatar, Singapore Airways and British Airways fly into Johannesburg. There are also many regional airlines such as Air Botswana, and domestic carriers that service local cities such as Cape Town and the Kruger National Park area.

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