This very special lodge is a premier marine & flora destination, lying in an area of incredible diversity. It is the only Lodge in South Africa with access to the Marine Big 5 (Whales, White Sharks, Penguins, Seals and Dolphins). Grootbos is situated in the heart of the Cape Floral Kingdom, which is the smallest, but richest of the Six Floral Kingdoms in the world. Cape Floral Kingdom boosts 9000 different species, of which 760 are found in Grootbos. It is 50km east of Hermanus and less than a 2 hour drive from Cape Town.
The accommodation at Grootbos comprises of two intimate lodges on a Private Nature Reserve (2,500 hectares of pristine wilderness), and two exclusive villas. The large suites are set amongst indigenous gardens with stunning views of the famous Walker Bay. Suites come with own living rooms and private wooden balconies or decks. Garden lodge welcomes children of all ages.
Grootbos is known for its incredible cuisine and selection of fine wines. ‘Red Indigo’ restaurant is situated at Forest Lodge, while ‘The Garden’ restaurant is found at Garden Lodge. Both have amazing views of Walker Bay. Picnics are available on request.
There are a range of activities included at Grootbos. These include guided walks and horse riding, and excursions to the ocean to go whale watching in season (July- December). You can explore the extensive Milkwood forest, where the trees are over 1,000 years old. The lodge organises guided excursions to Klipgat Cave, one of the most important archaeological sites in South Africa, which lies ten minutes from Grootbos.
Other activities available at Grootbos (but not included), are boat trips to Dyer Island to watch about 60.000 Cape Fur Seals, penguins, seabirds, the Great White Shark, dolphins and the Southern Right Whales (June to December). Shark cave diving and horse rides along the beach can also be arrange, as can quad biking and scenic flights.
Children are VIPs at Grootbos. Specialized guides accompany the children during exciting treasure hunts, excursions to the beach and rock pools and trips through the reserve. Through the above the children get familiar with the fascinating eco- system and the history of the area. Picture Frame or Shell Bracelet Making are great activities to inspire their creativity and to give them a lifelong memory to take back home. While exploring their immediate and natural environment they can collect shells, porcupine quills or bugs, which will be brought back to their own activities rooms for exciting identification. At the same time, Grootbos guides teach the children not to destroy or interfere in the natural habitats that they can find everywhere.