Grootbos Private Nature Reserve: Secrets of South Africa

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, a carbon neutral sanctuary carved from the heart of South Africa's Cape Floral Kingdom, is a destination where time slows and nature explodes into vibrant life.

As luxury meets untamed nature, Grootbos invites all visitors to explore, to reconnect, and to forge a profound and lasting bond with South African wildlife. 


A view of Grootbos Private Nature Reserve's Garden Lodge, showing it's exterior deck that overlooks the fynbos below and the Atlantic Coast beyond.

In Harmony with Nature

The lodges and private villas that make up Grootbos aren't just about comfort, they’re about a stay that’s in perfect harmony with the environment. From beautiful beams built to resemble the Milkwood trees that embrace the reserve to floor-to-ceiling windows that blur the lines between your room and the coastal views, a nature-centric stay is woven into every detail, inviting you to explore in your own way and at your own pace.


A view of a One Bedroom Suite at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, with sunloungers on the outdoor deck overlooking the Cape Floral Kingdom beyond.

Choose Your Residence, Craft Your Memories

Grootbos offers residences that cater to a range of holiday styles. The Garden Lodge brims with family-friendly activities, aimed at fostering a love for nature in the next generation. Here, children can brush horses, collect eggs for breakfast, or embark on exciting nighttime frogging adventures. With 11 luxurious suites, a spa, and a temperature-controlled pool overlooking Walker Bay and the Atlantic Coast, the Garden Lodge is the perfect backdrop for lasting memories with little ones.

If you’re seeking a more secluded haven, the Forest Lodge beckons. Shrouded by the dense foliage of the Milkwood forest, this tranquil retreat boasts 16 elegant suites, a spa nestled in the heart of the woods, and an infinity pool with views of the reserve, Walker Bay, and horizon beyond. Here, the only sounds are the rustle of the wind and the magnificent symphony of birdsong.


Two chairs and a small table on an outdoor patio at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, overlooking the Cape Floral Kingdom and the Atlantic Coast in the distance. On the table, there are two glasses of red wine.

A Culinary Celebration 

At Grootbos, each meal is a celebration of nature's bounty, a testament to the reserve’s commitment to sustainability – whether that be a buffet breakfast, 3-course lunch, or 5-course dinner. Ingredients are sourced as close to the reserve as possible, with produce often harvested from Grootbos’ own farm, ensuring freshness and an extended connection to the land. Tuck into freshly baked bread and homemade pasta, taste succulent vegetables picked just days before, and set off on mussel foraging trips with the chefs. 

Grootbos even has its own honey, produced by on-site beehives that gather nectar from endemic Erica Irregularis flowers. And to perfectly complement these delights, the reserve is home to the region's rarest and finest collection of wines, with 2 expert sommeliers on hand to guide your selection.


A couple and a nature guide in a 4x4 in the Cape Floral Kingdom, in the middle of a Floral Safari.

The Wonders of the Cape Floral Kingdom

There’s no finer gateway to captivating experiences in the surrounding fynbos and flora than Grootbos’ experts. A host of knowledgeable guides are on hand to help you navigate the incredible breadth of native and endemic plant species that adorn the hills – an awe-inspiring kingdom teeming with life. The reserve also has a range of local and international artists who capture the intricacies of the plants in the Grootbos Florilegium – a collection of botanical illustrations showcased in the gallery. 


Three people on horses on a white sand beach near to Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, on a sunny and blue sky day.

Rare and Respectful Experiences

Finding a home in Gansbaai, Grootbos is able to offer a plethora of experiences that reveal South Africa’s rarest wildlife. Choose a thrilling shark cage diving adventure or explore the wonders of the ocean on a Big 5 marine safari, spotting dolphins, whales, and African penguins. For a more relaxed experience, explore the reserve and navigate the beach on horseback, spot the diverse birdlife of the Cape Floral Kingdom, or choose responsible whale watching excursions to catch a glimpse of majestic Southern Right Whales up close.


A couple having a champagne picnic on the beach at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve at sunset. The couple have their backs to the camera and are watching the sunset beyond the sea.


Your Journey Awaits

A stay at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve is a chance to reconnect with yourself and South Africa’s natural world. It's a true journey of exploration, where expert guides unveil the secrets of the Cape Floral Kingdom, in-house artists inspire creativity, and every detail is designed to foster a deeper appreciation for our planet.

Perfectly located in Gansbaai, on the way to Hermanus and the world-famous Garden Route, it’s a perfect stop for any South African adventure. 





How Far is Grootbos Private Nature Reserve from Cape Town? 

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve is located in Gansbaai in the Western Cape, around a 2 hour drive from Cape Town.

What Is the Marine Big Five? 

The Marine Big Five is a term that originated in South Africa. It refers to the species visitors of the nation can spot in their natural sea habitat – Great White sharks, Southern Right whales, bottlenose dolphins, Cape fur seals, and African penguins. 

When Is the Best Time to See Whales in South Africa?

Southern Right Whales are best spotted in the bays of South Africa from June until December. They leave the freezing temperatures of Antarctica for the warm waters of South Africa to mate, calve, and raise their young. 

Which Lodge Should I Stay in at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve? 

The Garden Lodge is best for families, with plenty to keep little ones entertained and occupied. The Forest Lodge is more private, embraced by the milkwood forest. 



Are you ready to answer the call of the wild? Call our team today to begin the journey to Grootbos.