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Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

  • Fodor's Choice
  • Courtesy of Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

  • Courtesy of Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

  • Courtesy of Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

  • Courtesy of Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

  • Courtesy of Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

  • Courtesy of Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

  • Courtesy of Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

  • Courtesy of Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

  • Courtesy of Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

  • Courtesy of Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

  • Courtesy of Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

  • Courtesy of Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

  • Courtesy of Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

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Award Winner 2014

Pros

  • Certified green property
  • Secluded natural surroundings
  • Whale-watching

Cons

  • Confining for longer stays
  • Expensive

Published 03/07/2016

Fodor's Review

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.

Hotel Information

Address:

Gansbaai, Western Cape, 7225, South Africa

Phone:

028-384–8000; 028-384–8053

Website: www.grootbos.com

Hotel Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • 23 suites
  • Rate includes: Some meals

Published 03/07/2016

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