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Grootbos Private Nature Reserve - Why the hype?

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve is situated near the southernmost tip of Africa where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet, creating one of the most biologically diverse marine ecosystems in the world.

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve has been awarded the "Unique Lodges of the World" award by National Geographic. It is regarded by many as a truly special and awe-inspiring place to visit. This area of natural beauty has been coined the "Serengeti of the sea" due to its multitude of wildlife and is home to the marine big five in South Africa .

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The Cape floral kingdom , although smaller compared to somewhere like the Amazon jungle, showcases three times the floral diversity for its size. From June/July to late September, the fields of Grootbos Private Nature Reserve burst into vibrant colour, spectacularly showcasing this indigenous flora and fauna.

Grootbos: a nature lovers paradise

There are two lodges at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve: Garden Lodge (well suited for families or groups) and Forest Lodge. Recently, two luxurious villas have been introduced in the heart of this ecological marvel. Grootbos is a luxurious 5-star establishment, in a true class of its own, nestled between mountains, forest and sea.

Grootbos is not only dedicated to maintaining the natural heritage of the area for all to enjoy but also focuses on the social transformation of the surrounding communities.

Be inspired by a new way of living in harmony with nature and a more progressive approach to tourism worldwide.

You will leave Grootbos in awe of the wonders of nature, having cultivated a multitude of new experiences.

What to look forward to while at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

Grootbos offers everything from 5-course dining paired with South Africa's best wines to guided cave walks, forest walks, whale watching (from late August to early November), scenic flights, horseback riding, shark-cage diving, marine safaris and so much more.

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To find out what lies at the very heart and ethos of Grootbos you are encouraged to experience a life-changing progressive tourism tour with the Grootbos Foundation during your stay. In summary, the foundation focuses on three areas:

  • Green Futures - a horticultural and life skills college focusing on developing employable young adults
  • Siyakhula - a project that creates sustainable livelihoods through small business development
  • Football Foundation - using sport to educate and empower hundreds of young individuals in the Gansbaai area

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Grootbos is a true Tailormade Africa favourite. We have visited our friends at Grootbos and the reserve and grab the chance to go back when we can. If you are thinking of a tailormade luxury safari trip to the Western Cape chat with us about including Grootbos in your next itinerary.


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