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 boasts 11 spacious suites and 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 16 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.