Grootbos Private Nature Reserve is a premier eco-reserve situated along the scenic Walker Bay coast in the Overberg region. Encompassing 2500 hectares of fynbos-laden landscapes and mountains, Grootbos is one of Overberg’s top luxury wilderness experiences.
Views of the Walker Bay coast from the reserve provide the perfect interruption to the endless scenes of forest and fynbos. Because of the varied landscapes, there are abundant activities for any discerning traveller. From shark cage diving to horse riding, whale watching, and botanical 4WD tours, Grootbos offers an orchestra of activities. Each experience at Grootbos has been carefully designed to introduce visitors to the fascinating Overberg biome.
Grootbos offers a coastal and nature escape close to Hermanus, where the focus is on lavish dining, spa treatments, eco-drives, and getting to know the typically Cape coastline. The nearest airport is Cape Town International, which is about a three-hour drive from Grootbos. The closest big town is the world-renown whale watching area of Hermanus.
Grootbos Private Nature Reserve is easily accessible as it is a mere three-hour drive from Cape Town, where there is an international airport.
Grootbos Private Nature Reserve caters to all tastes and preferences when it comes to overnight facilities. Guests can choose from a luxury lodge, a garden lodge or private villas.
Grootbos Private Nature Reserve is not a Big Five destination, but there are certainly plenty of mammals just waiting to be spotted. There are over 20 mammal species in the area, including baboon, Cape clawless otter, grysbok, and more rarely, the Cape leopard. The ocean brims with Cape fur seals, penguins, sharks, dolphins, and whales, often referred to as the Marine Big Five. Traditionally, from August to November is whale season and marks the perfect time to spot some of the other marine life.
Grootbos specialises in birding and offers birding walks and game drives. A few local species include the orange-breasted sunbird, Cape sugarbird, spotted thick-knee, pelicans, Cape gannet, herons, and pelicans. When it comes to spotting raptors, there are at least five species of the kite bird, the martial eagle, and the Cape vulture in the area.
Grootbos is a fantastic year-round destination and has a similar climate to Cape Town. The rainy winter season is from May to August, and the summer is from November to March. The best time for viewing marine life is during August and September. February is the hottest time of year, which is great for swimming. Temperatures in this region are moderate.
Grootbos Private Nature Reserve is a paradise for adventure lovers, and the safari experiences are the claim-to-fame. Grootbos is known for its botanical 4WD game drives that introduce guests to the unique fauna and flora of the area. On-site, there are also thrilling quad bike rides, horse riding, mountain biking tours, and guided birding tours. Even scenic flights can be arranged.
A popular tour is a bee-keeping experience. Guests can learn about and visit the resident beehives on Grootbos. These are active beehives, and guests are under the guidance of an experienced beekeeper. Lengthy coastal walks with a guide can also be arranged. Whale watching excursions and shark cage diving are other activities available in the surrounding area.
Grootbos Private Nature Reserve offers a few accommodation options, all under the Grootbos brand. There’s a luxury lodge nestled in milkwood forests, with 16 suites and an infinity pool. Additionally, guests can use the beauty salon, book a boma event, and browse the arts and craft shop. The garden lodge has a swimming pool, a fine-dining restaurant, and a bar. The elite private villas cater to the discerning guest, and they’re built with a contemporary feel.