Located amongst 2,500-hectares of pristine wilderness, carbon-negative Grootbos Private Nature Reserve is a melting pot of culture, biodiversity and natural wonder. Two lodges and two private villas are set amongst rolling hills of fynbos and milkwood, stretching down to the magnificent curve of Walker Bay.
The Garden Lodge with its beautiful, freeform swimming pool, offers panoramic ocean and fynbos views from every angle. Eleven freestanding suites are dotted throughout the gardens. Each is filled with light from its floor to ceiling windows and decorated in a contemporary style, with beautiful views from the private wooden deck.
Explore your surroundings on a botanical safari tour. 800 plant species have been recorded on the reserve and your guide will bring the fascinating story of fynbos and forest to life. Grootbos is perfectly positioned for seeking out the Marine Big 5, by joining an eco-friendly boat trip to observe Cape fur seals, southern right whales, penguins, Bottlenose dolphins and perhaps even a majestic great white shark. Relax back at the lodge with a spa treatment, where buchu-scented beauty products are used to soothe and unwind.
The restaurant at Garden Lodge has been designed to let the magic of nature flood through its doors. Ingredients are mostly organic, and many originate from the reserve, including honey, meat, eggs, herbs, vegetables and even spring water. Every plate is designed as a colourful work of art and comes with a carefully curated list of wines from the Grootbos cellar. For an extra special experience, dine outside by the burning embers of the boma or enjoy a sunset picnic on the beach.