Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

Gansbaai, Western Cape, 7225, South Africa

Only a 30-minute drive from Hermanus and two hours from Cape Town, this private nature reserve is on 2,500 acres of Western Cape landscape overlooking Walker Bay. Here you can observe protea, fynbos, milk-wood forests, and tropical rain forests, as well as aquatic life: penguins, dolphins, seals, and Southern Right whales in early spring. Hiking trails, jeep safaris, horseback riding, and beaches are close by. Children will delight in the playground, petting zoo, and treasure hunts at the reserve. Privacy is paramount in the luxurious suites, which have fireplaces, sunken bathtubs, and private sundecks opening onto fynbos, sea, and mountains as far as the eye can see. Go for the newer Forest Lodge suites that seamlessly meld nature and modern amenities. The reserve's foundation works to educate and employ the community with conservation, research, and sustainable-living projects. The cuisine is exquisite, enhanced by vegetables and herbs grown on the premises.


  • certified green property
  • secluded natural surroundings
  • whale-watching


  • confining for longer stays
  • expensive


Phones: 028-384–8000 | 028-384–8053


23 suites
Rate Includes: Some meals