Lush. Welcoming. Inspiring. Step into our Garden Lodge and feel the warmth of African hospitality combined with architectural mastery. Explore the fynbos on horseback or foot, admire the striking views or simply sip on a refreshing drink at our welcoming bar.
Whether it’s the bright green of our freshly grown micro herbs or the sunshine yellow of the egg yolk from our very own chickens, every meal at Grootbos is an explosion of colour, texture and taste. In fact, nearly half of all the ingredients we use are sourced from our Growing the Future food production and social upliftment project, based right here, on the reserve.
Whatever dish you choose, you’ll get to experience the tastes of this unique landscape and its people, in a warm and welcoming atmosphere that makes you feel instantly at home.
Stroll through our fairytale gardens and discover 11 free-standing and light-filled suites that you simply won’t want to leave. Soak into a bubble bath and absorb the views and tranquility, sink into your luxurious canopy bed or simply enjoy each other’s company in your separate lounge or on your private wooden deck.
Botanical 4×4 Tour
We’re known for our unique botanical safaris on board an open-top Land Rover, where you’ll learn from our hugely knowledgeable guides about the incredible birds, plants and animals in this floral kingdom. Be still, absorb the world around you and delight afresh in its wonder.
Shark Cage Diving
Thrilling, awe-inspiring and unforgettable – shark cage diving is an experience that will stay with you for years to come. Face up to these graceful predators as you learn more about our underwater world in a safe and environmentally responsible way.
Get into better rhythm with nature as you traverse this landscape in a very natural way. With our own stables on the reserve, you can see Grootbos as either a beginner or expert rider, as you trot slowly through the fynbos or ride on the beach.
Whale watching in this unspoilt natural environment is an almost spiritual experience, which is why people from around the world flock to Walker Bay in the Western Cape every year to do so. Spot Southern Right Whales on either land-based or boat-based excursions or take a flight for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Lady Stanford River Cruise
Set out on the Lady Stanford, an exclusive luxury boat cruise down the Klein River from Stanford Village towards the Hermanus Estuary and back.
Walks and Hikes
Walks or hikes in and around Grootbos are one of the best ways to truly immerse yourself in the Cape Floral Kingdom, as you breathe the fresh air and drink in the crystal clear views. Take a guided walk or head out yourself as you gaze at bursts of fynbos colour.
This is one of the few places in the world where you can view such a wide range of marine wildlife in their natural environment as they hunt, mate and play. Board a luxury boat and head out to the ocean to spot the Marine Big 5.
Get ready to peddle your heart out on an exciting Fatbike Tour as you make your way through beautiful nature reserves, over vast sand dunes and along the stunning Walker Bay coastline.
Hive to Home
Suit up and get ready for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Visit active beehives under the guidance of our experienced beekeeper and learn the important role bees play in our environment and how delicate their ecosystem is.
Feel revitalised , calmer and more at peace by choosing from the many treatments offered by our two beauty salons. Enjoy a deep tissue massage with only the forest surrounding you or feel pampered with a facial from a therapist with healing hands.
The rich chorus of birdsong that surrounds you at Grootbos tells you immediately that bird watching here will be extraordinary. Glimpse rare sightings on special guided walks or simply spot the beauty and colour as you walk around the lodge.
Living the Future Tour
Take a tour with heart as you discover how the entire Grootbos experience has been designed around benefitting the community and environment around you. Learn and connect as you witness how our various projects are changing lives and conserving this protected wilderness.
What better way to see this unique area than from the cockpit of a small plane? Special windows make the plane you’re in a photographer’s dream while seasoned pilots and our own airstrip ensure that your trip is safe, enjoyable and convenient.
Southern Tip of Africa Tour
This unique tour to the southernmost tip of our continent is an outing packed with vivid story telling, unique experiences and the chance to learn more about the people and places that call it home.
With some of the most pristine beaches in the world, we can offer you everything from solitary walks along the water’s edge, historical cave tours led by our guides, sun tanning with whales in front of you, or snacking on a picnic as the sun goes down.
Bring your sense of adventure and explore your surroundings in a fun, heart- pumping way as you traverse mountains, valleys and forests by quad bike. Excellent guides and a relaxed pace make for a safe and immersive outing, while the stunning scenery adds to the whole experience.
Go on a thrilling mountain biking adventure through the diverse Grootbos landscapes. Ride to the top of mountains peaks, overlooking the hills and valleys, blanketed with blooming fynbos.