Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

Overlooking Walker Bay on South Africa’s Western Cape, Grootbos Private Nature Reserve is an oasis of luxury set amid unique native wilderness – a magnet for rare birds.

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.


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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Accommodation in the Cape Winelands and Garden Route regions.

Below are some of our preferred hotels and lodges in the Cape Winelands and Garden Route regions. Please contact us to tailor accommodation options to suit the style of your trip and your budget.


Less than 45 minutes’ drive from Cape Town lies Babylonstoren, one of the oldest and best preserved 17th century Cape Dutch farms.

Delaire Graff Lodges & Spa

At the edge of charming Stellenbosch in the Cape Winelands, Delaire Graff Lodges & Spa offers the ultimate in luxury accommodation and fine dining.

Franschhoek Country House and Villas

Just outside of Franschhoek village lies a lovely original homestead with many decorative accents that allude to the property’s rich history. Innovative regional cuisine awaits you at the

Grand Roche Hotel

A member of the prestigious Small Luxury Hotels of the World consortium, the Grand Roche Hotel in Paarl is filled with character.

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

Overlooking Walker Bay on South Africa's Western Cape, Grootbos Private Nature Reserve is an oasis of luxury set amid unique native wilderness - a magnet for rare birds.

Lanzerac Hotel and Spa

The iconic Lanzerac Hotel and Spa is one of the region’s grandest examples of Cape Dutch architecture, constructed in 1692.

Le Quartier Francais

Set in the peaceful village of Franschhoek, Le Quartier Francais invites visitors to indulge in absolute luxury and sumptuous cuisine.

Leeu Estates

Leeu Estates is a 17-room country house and boutique winery in the Frankshoek Valley and is the flagship property of Leeu Collection

Leeu House

Elegant Leeu House is an enchanting combination of casual country living and world-class luxury set in the charming, historic village of Franschhoek.


South Africa Itineraries

The following tours are private, independent and can be easily customised to suit your personal travelling requirements. Please contact us to begin designing your personalised South Africa experience.

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South Africa Overview

Why travel to 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. 

 When is the best time to view animals in South Africa?
Gameviewing is best during the dry season (May-Oct); however the summer months are good for general touring and sightseeing. 

What is the culture of South Africa? 
There are many different cultures including Zulu, Swazi, Xhosa, Indian, Cape Malay and European. As a result, there are many unique culinary dishes as well as distinct music and dance. Elegant Cape Dutch architecture is also a highlight of South Africa’s cape. 

What is the climate in South Africa? 
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). 

What can I combine South Africa 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.  

How to get to South Africa?
Many major airlines including South African Airways, Qantas, Etihad, Emirates, Kenya Airways, Qatar, Singapore Airways and British Airways fly into Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport. There are also many regional and domestic carriers that service local cities such as Cape Town and the Kruger National Park area. 

US – South African Airways fly’s directly to east coast cities including New York and Washington. Delta Airlines is another option to consider flying directly to Johannesburg from Atlanta.  

UK / Europe – There are direct flights to OR Tambo International Airport with South African Airways from London-Heathrow, Frankfurt and Munich. Major European Airlines flying directly into Johannesburg include British Airways, Air France, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Lufthansa and Swiss International Airlines.  

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