Grootbos Nature Reserve
South Africa’s premier marina and flora destination is set among the fynbos and ancient milkwood trees with breathtaking views of Walker Bay, frequented by hundreds of whales in Season. Activities include guided walks and horse rides before returning to your luxurious but cosy suite.
Accommodation Information select a tab
Facilities & Services
Please note: these are inclusive in price unless otherwise stated.
- Pool: A pool with natural rock features and waterfall with stunning views.
- Beauty: Massages and beauty treatments available at an additional charge.
- Whale Watching: The best land based whale-watching in the world from the lodge itself (complete with telescopes in the bar!).
- Interpretation Centre: An extensive ecological interpretation centre has displays and information on local plant and animal species.
- Excursions: An expansive itinerary of guided excursions by foot, horse (stables on site) and four-wheel drive vehicle amongst the surrounding indigenous ‘fynbos’, ancient Milkwood Forest and breathtaking local coastline. Boat trips can also be taken to Dyer Island to see Cape Fur seals and African penguins for a charge.
Bars & Restaurants
- Restaurant: Excellent five-course dinners specialising in seafood and local produce are served in the circular restaurant with central fireplace and stunning views over the bay. Extensive buffets for breakfast and a Mediterranean-style lunch can also be served out on the terrace.
- Bar: The bar area comes complete with telescopes for whale-spotting or bird-watching.
The cottages create ideal family accommodation, whilst facilities such as the riding stables on site and an enthusiastic team, makes this a very special place to share.
Looking after younger guests
- Visitors are welcome at the on-site stables and animal farm, complete with 18 horses and ponies, 2 rabbits, cats, chickens and often a lamb or two! Children can also help with the daily activities such as grooming and feeding.
- Children’s toy cupboard available to supplement your own supplies.
- Occasional films in the Information Centre – generally a nature movie or latest children’s release.
- 3,000 acres of private nature reserve to explore!
- Children’s meals are served.
- Bespoke Meals available on request.
PLEASE NOTE NO CHILDREN UNDER 6 YEARS MAY HAVE DINNER IN THE RESTAURANT.
Babysitting & Supervised activities
- Babysitting: In-house staff provide baby-sitting services.
- Pony rides in the paddock.
- Accompanied nature walks, include bird identification and bug collecting.
- During the School Holidays, dependent on numbers, a supervised children’s programme will operate with activities including sand castle building on the beach, for all those old enough to participate!
Grootbos has recently completed the re-building of Forest lodge, offering contemporary accommodation whilst Garden Lodge provides more traditional style rooms.
Each suite has its own secluded balcony from which you can admire the sunsets over the Ocean. Natural textures and colours bring the harmony of nature into your suite and spacious, finely appointed bathrooms complete the feeling of complete luxury.
Families with children under 12 are welcome at Garden Lodge.
- One-bedroom Suites with bathroom can accommodate up to 2 children under 10 on a sofa bed (or 1 child over 10) in the sitting room and a baby in a cot.
- Two-bedroom Suites with 2 en-suite bathrooms and large sitting room can accommodate up to two children in their own room.
- One-Bedroom Classic Suiteswith en-suite bathroom and separate lounge and opens onto a private outside deck. The One-Bedroom Classic Suites do not have a bath but are only equipped with a shower.
Rates from £220 per night per adult sharing, inclusive of Full Board and Activities in a one-bedroom suite (valid 01/09/11 – 30/04/12). From 01/05/12 – 01/06/12 (low season) rates would be from £125 per adult sharing per night and from 01/07/12 – 15/09/12 rates are from £155.
- Child aged 0 – 3 years free of charge.
- Children aged 4 – 10 years pay from £72 dependent on Season.
- Children aged 11 – 16 years pay from £105 dependent on Season.
- Children in their own room charged at full adult rate
- Please enquire about specials which might be available
Note: Please enquire for rates for different Room Types and Seasons and we will compile a detailed quotation for your stay.
Grootbos has been awarded the Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa Trademark. Please see our Responsible Tourism page under About Us for further information.
The Grootbos Foundation was also established during 2004 in order to manage and implement environmental and social development projects for Grootbos. Funds generated by the ecotourism business are invested through the Foundation into project implementation and so guests are directly supporting biodiversity conservation and social upliftment on the Agulhas Plain.
Current projects include
The Green Futures Project
This provides annual, practical-based training programs for unemployed people in the fields of fynbos landscaping, horticulture and ecotourism. Linked to the college is an indigenous plant nursery and fynbos landscaping business that generates income for the Foundation. In this way, each year students are growing plants and working in landscaping projects that will help to pay for the next years students tuition. (More info)
Siyakula township greening project
The Foundation assisted Green Futures graduate Nozuko Pelem to establish this project in the local township, Masakhane. With the aid of a local donor and land provided by the Municipality, the Foundation has facilitated the establishment of a vegetable growing and greening project at the local crèche that aims to provide food for the children, environmental awareness to community members, fynbos plants for sale to nurseries and the public as well as trees and flowers for greening of public areas in the township.