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Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

South Africa, Gansbaai

  • Well renowned gourmet restaurants, including under an ancient Milkwood tree and in the hotel’s wine cellars
  • A wide range of fantastic experiences and activities, including a marine safari and 4x4 botanical tour with expert guides
  • Over 100 species of birds and more than 800 species of flowers in the deep forests and surrounding wilderness
  • Immersed in nature, this eco reserve is in harmony with the surrounding oceans, forest and mountains


Built to cause minimal disruption with the magical surrounding landscapes, a stay at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve is full of once in a lifetime experiences. Book luxury suites or private villas and unwind in your opulent surroundings as you take in spectacular views from your private balcony and full length windows.

Grootbos’ restaurants are renowned for their experimental, world class flavours and combinations carefully curated using fresh ingredients from the local farms. Fresh mountain spring water is collected from the area, where the hotel also sources the region’s famous honey. Known for its biodiversity and spectacular array of flowers, the area’s honey is full of unique flavours and the reserve also grows most of its own organic herbs and vegetables.

Perched on a hill, the Forest Lodge and private villas provide truly stunning views, while the Garden Lodge is surrounded by ancient forests. Guests can enjoy two relaxing swimming pool areas, as well as wonderful gardens and beauty treatments and facilities.


Bars & Restaurants

The Boma

Unique South African dishes combine with candlelit dining as you listen to the sounds of nature under the milkwood tree and enjoy the freshest ingredients sourced from local farms. 

Forest Lodge

Contemporary elegance combines with carefully curated natural ingredients which come together in a unique dining experience. An al fresco dining area allows you to savour your surroundings. 

The Cellar

Combine tips from an expert sommelier with well paired dishes and a unique, truly personalised dining experience in Grootbos’ wine cellar. 

Garden Lodge

Warm interiors complement the spectacular ocean views as you enjoy fine dining with dishes created by renowned chefs. Enjoy the freshest local ingredients at breakfast, lunch and dinner. 

Beach & Pools

Swimming Pool

A split level garden area offers majestic views over the Atlantic Ocean, relaxing lounge areas and a swimming pool. 

Activities & Entertainment

Land Tours


The landscapes of the untamed wilderness are unparalleled throughout the world. Experience unique views with horse riding, 4x4 tours, walks, hiking, quad biking, scenic flights and more. 


Water Activities

The Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet off the coast of South Africa, creating a rich diversity of marine life. Guests of Grootbos can book cave diving with sharks, whale watching, marine safaris and lots more. 

About the location

The Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet off the southern coast of South Africa, combining to create a rich natural environment both above and below the sea. Untamed wilderness stretches down from the hills, across fields full of wildflowers and ancient forests full of over 100 species of birds to meet the soft sands of the beach. From here you can explore the incredible underwater creatures with activities including cage diving with sharks, whale watching and ocean safaris.

Manicured vineyards and winelands provide an award winning choice of wines, while visitors can enjoy gourmet dining with fresh local ingredients. Alternatively, enjoy horse riding and hiking through the wilderness, stopping to get up close to the smaller plant and flower varieties native to the area.

Transfer time
The nearest airport is Cape Town International, which is around a two hour drive away. 
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A once in a lifetime trip for the whole family full of magical experiences

Start your family holiday in South Africa in Gansbaai, where you and your family are sure to enjoy the many activities and adventures on offer. Located near the southern tip of Africa the meeting of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans brings together a rich marine biodiversity including dolphins, whales, sharks and more amazing creatures for children to see.

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Everything was wonderful
Esther R, New York City, New York
Tripadvisor review Oct 08 2018
We stayed at the Forest Lodge. Large suite (with 2 bathrooms), beautiful grounds, great food, attentive service. What a way to start an African vacation! From the quad biking, flower safari...
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Simply stunning!
lizbethkgreen, Burnham, United Kingdom
Tripadvisor review Sep 29 2018
We stayed 2 nights here at Forest Lodge in lodge 31. We checked in, had a delicious lunch then headed out with our lovely ranger Alison to the ancient caves and beach. We enjoyed this especially when...
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