Set in over 3,500 hectares of pristine wilderness, with boundless views overlooking Walker Bay, Grootbos is a nature lover’s dream. Boasting over 900 varying plant species, many of which count as endangered, as well as centuries old milkwood trees that are home to birds, bees and countless woodland creatures, this eco-reserve is perfectly positioned between mountains, forests and sea. Overlooking a number of spectacular beaches that stretch out to the warmer currents of the Indian Ocean, home to the ‘Marine Big Five’: whales, sharks, dolphins, seals, and penguins, you’ll have the chance to experience it all, thanks to the incredible activities on offer.
There are 27 freestanding contemporary suites here divided between two eco lodges, each with private decks, outdoor showers, wood-burning fireplaces, and kitchenettes. To feel more immersed in nature, Forest Lodge offers 16 suites in brick and timber cottages set among the ancient milkwood trees.
Those travelling as larger groups, families, or just looking for some extra privacy, should opt for one of the two four- or six-bedroom exclusive-use villas. Both are fully equipped and staffed, with large windows filling the rooms with light and showcasing those incredible views.
Dining centres around the fresh, seasonal produce and the rich biodiversity of the region. The menus of the two restaurants exemplify Grootbos’ sustainability ethos, from the locally farmed meat to their “Growing the Future” organic farm (their social enterprise which produces their eggs, honey and most of their vegetables). The restaurants are a hillside hideaway offering endless views, and meals are an experience in themselves. Oenophiles will delight in the South African wine pairing, while couples can choose to dine under a star-studded evening sky in a number of the spectacular locations across the reserve.