Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, South Africa

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Africa & Zanzibar

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve is a luxury eco-reserve close to the Southern tip of Africa tucked between mountains, forest and sea.

  • 100 Endangered Plant Species
  • 20 Mammal species on the reserve
  • 2500 Hectares of Wilderness
  • Amazing range of experiences
  • Beautiful Organic natural food
  • Destination Dining Available
  • Stunning accommodation

At Grootbos, we go beyond simply conserving this pristine wilderness we call home. We’re constantly researching, innovating and pioneering new ways of doing things – in order to transform the lives of community members as well as preserve 2500 hectares of botanical and wildlife treasures.


All of our accommodation has been designed to reflect the exquisite natural setting of the Grootbos Nature Reserve, while never compromising on style or luxury.

Meander through an ancient Milkwood forest, soak up the beauty of the fynbos or admire dramatic mountain and sea views as you wind your way towards your private suite. All of our accommodation at Grootbos has been designed to complement our pristine natural setting, while never compromising on style or luxury.

Forest Lodge

The contemporary design and décor of Forest Lodge could place it in any of the top cities in the world. But nowhere else would you be able to enjoy one of the world’s most biodiverse landscapes, the changing colours in the southern sky and the occasional little buck that comes feeding nearby.

  • The ultimate romantic getaway, offering peace and privacy
  • Magical walkways lead through an enchanted Milkwood forest
  • Set high on a hill, with 180-degree views of the fynbos and ocean
  • 16 luxurious free-standing suites with cosy fireplaces
  • Restaurant, lounge, barista bar and boma
  • Beauty salon and library
  • An infinity swimming pool with spectacular ocean views

Garden Lodge

With its heavy wooden beams and homely feel, the Garden Lodge reception area, pool and restaurant is a relaxing setting for those who enjoy a traditional aesthetic. Your breath will be taken by the magnificent view of Walker Bay at its front door.

  • Lush landscaped gardens you’ll love exploring
  • Nestled within a mystical Milkwood forest
  • Located above the coastline with panoramic ocean views
  • 11 luxury, one and two-bedroom, free-standing suites
  • Restaurant, lounge, barista bar and boma
  • Beauty salon and library
  • A swimming pool overlooking the ocean and landscape

Private Villas

Our two private villas are the last word in secluded luxury, offering unforgettable experiences to our discerning guests. With intuitive service provided by your own private chef, butler and nature guides, your every need will be met in a home-away-from-home environment of unsurpassed quality.

  • Secluded and private, surrounded by pristine natural beauty
  • Your own swimming pool, office, cinema room, wine cellar and fully equipped gym
  • Exclusive service that will see to your every need
  • Panoramic views at every turn add to the feeling of tranquillity
  • A landing strip is available to all guests arriving in helicopters and small planes


Every mouthful, drop and glance at every view, is an experience in its own right, with its unique combination of fresh organic produce, a world-class natural setting and our hugely experienced culinary team.

Every plate of food served up at our tables is a perfect, colourful piece of art. We use only the very freshest ingredients, sourced as close to Grootbos as possible, with many coming from our own organic farm on the reserve. This means that as you’re swooning over that home made linguini or Thai spiced soup, you’re also contributing to our food production and social upliftment projects. And the best part? All meals are included in your rate.

We believe that nothing tastes better than organic, freshly picked vegetables and herbs. Which is why we have our own farm from which we harvest and get these ingredients to our kitchen and onto your plate as fresh as possible. At the same time, we are supporting our local community by training and employing them through our Growing the Futures Project.


It’s not food – it’s an occasion.

We believe that food is about more than feeding your body. It’s about connecting with others. Taking time to savour each mouthful. And tasting the freshness and wildness of this unique place. Enjoy these culinary experiences at one of our two distinctive lodge restaurants, each with their own character and atmosphere.

Garden Lodge was designed to let the magic of nature flood in through all of its doors and windows. Enjoy its warm cosy interior and spectacular ocean and fynbos views, as you savour memorable meals with loved ones. Our Forest Lodge restaurant with its striking contemporary design is a masterpiece in itself. Head out on to the wide deck and enjoy breakfast in the open air, or sit inside and marvel at the endless views as you enjoy a dining experience second to none.

Destination Dining

We love getting out into nature which is why our culinary experiences are not restricted to our fine dining restaurants. Enjoy an al fresco picnic with your toes in the beach sand, sip on cocktails as you see the sun set or enjoy a uniquely South African meal in our boma as you watch the fire embers burning low.

Experiences at Grootbos at Private Nature Reserve

At Grootbos, we draw inspiration from our pristine surroundings to craft a collection of curated experiences that prioritize conservation and community.

Some of the activities include:

  • Botanical 4×4 Tour
  • Shark Diving Cage
  • Horse Riding
  • Whale Watching
  • Lady Stanford River Cruise
  • Walks and Hikes
  • Marine Safari
  • Quad Biking
  • Coastal Safari
  • Mountain Biking

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