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One with Nature at Grootbos Nature Reserve

We often say to travellers that South Africa is awash with experiences, something for everyone and of such wide ranging eclectic variety.

We talk a lot about safari and conservation, so we thought we’d give you guys a break… well… consider this a different type of safari, just as rich in its journey. Which is why Captured In Africa recently visited Gootbos Nature Reserve on South Africa’s ‘whale coast’ and ideally situated near the harbour town of Gansbaai – renowned as being one of the very best places to see ocean life.

In fact, Grootbos is ideally situated for so much more…

What on earth is Grootbos?

Look on Google maps, look anywhere… and you’ll see why this location is special. Just two hours drive from Cape Town and a hours drive from where the warm Indian Ocean and the icy Atlantic meet off the coast of South Africa – close to the southernmost tip of a continent filled to the brim with natural beauty, the warmest people and the most exceptional experiences.

According to Grootbos themselves; “Grootbos Nature Reserve offers you the chance to immerse yourself in the unique fynbos kingdom and ancient forest of Grootbos, featuring 791 plant species, 118 bird species, 29 mammals and 21 amphibians – some of which are under threat of extinction.”

Beauty on your doorstep and a view to wake up early each day for

And boy, do the Activities at Grootbos immerse you in the Environment

Whether it’s spotting whales and their calves in the ocean, learning how bees pollinate flowers or meeting passionate people changing the world, you’ll have your eyes opened – as well as your heart.

Whale watching in this unspoilt natural environment is an almost spiritual experience, which is why people from around the world flock to Walker Bay in the Western Cape every year to do so. Spot Southern Right Whales on either land-based or boat-based excursions or take a flight for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Grootbos operate their whale watching tours with Dyer Island Cruises – one of the most responsible ocean and wildlife tour providers

Botanical safaris on board an open-top Land Rover, where you’ll learn from our hugely knowledgeable guides about the incredible birds, plants and animals in this floral kingdom. Be still, absorb the world around you and delight afresh in its wonder.

Guides at Grootbos have an amazing passion for what they do and you will go away with a new appreciation of nature

Walks or hikes in and around Grootbos are one of the best ways to truly immerse yourself in the Cape Floral Kingdom, as you breathe the fresh air and drink in the crystal clear views. Take a guided walk or head out yourself as you gaze at bursts of fynbos colour, get some exercise, and return with a clearer head and more restful soul.

Walking through nature is something we should all do. Make use of several short walking trails and other areas around Grootbos

Horse Riding get into better rhythm with nature as you traverse this landscape in a very natural way. With our own stables on the reserve, you can see Grootbos as either a beginner or expert rider, as you trot slowly through the fynbos or ride on the beach.

Living the Future Tour as you discover how the entire Grootbos experience has been designed around benefitting the community and environment around you. Learn and connect as you witness how our various projects are changing lives and conserving this protected wilderness.

African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary situated 5 minutes away from Dyer Island Cruises whale watching (and 10 mins away from Grootbos) is a must. A small dedicated rehab unit dealing with injured and orphaned Penguins, the centre primarily aims to re-introduce animals once treated and ready for re-release. Visiting the centre, our team were very impressed with their hands-off approach, with tourists unable to handle the penguins to allow responsible management and ensure human habituation is kept to a minimum.

Other activities available include: scenic flights offering incredible aspects to the landscape and whale watching, bird watching, coastal safari of beaches and caves, beauty treatments and more marine safaris available.

Taking the Grootbos experience to your tastebuds

“the majority of the food at Grootbos is supplied by our own farm.”

It’s a fantastic thing to hear as your food arrives to your dining table, it’s organic and beautifully done and if your tastebuds are working correctly, you’re in for a culinary treat. Match this with your drink of choice, or perhaps one of the superb local wines on offer.

…and you MUST try the Grootbos signature Honey Ice Cream, made on site via the reserve’s own bee keeping project.

We’re listening Captured In Africa, but how’s the Accommodation?

Beautiful, contemporary and warm with a personalised touch. We love it and you will too.


Ideal for singles, couples and small groups

The contemporary design and décor of Forest Lodge could place it in any of the top cities in the world. But nowhere else would you be able to enjoy one of the world’s most biodiverse landscapes, the changing colours in the southern sky and the occasional little buck that comes feeding nearby.


  • The ultimate romantic getaway, offering peace and privacy
  • Magical walkways lead through an enchanted Milkwood forest
  • Set high on a hill, with 180-degree views of the fynbos and ocean
  • 16 luxurious free-standing suites with cosy fireplaces
  • Restaurant, lounge, barista bar and boma
  • Beauty salon and library
  • An infinity swimming pool with spectacular ocean views


One-Bedroom Luxury Suite from R4,550  |  $345  per person sharing per night


Ideal for families, singles, couples and small groups (children’s games room and activities are on site)

With its heavy wooden beams and homely feel, the Garden Lodge reception area, pool and restaurant is a relaxing setting for those who enjoy a traditional aesthetic. Your breath will be taken by the magnificent view of Walker Bay at its front door.


  • Lush landscaped gardens you’ll love exploring
  • Nestled within a mystical Milkwood forest
  • Located above the coastline with panoramic ocean views
  • 11 luxury, one and two-bedroom, free-standing suites
  • Restaurant, lounge, barista bar and boma
  • Beauty salon and library
  • A swimming pool overlooking the ocean and landscape


One-Bedroom Luxury Suite from R4,550  |  $345  per person sharing per night

Two-bedroom Family Suite from R13,650  |  $1,025  per suite per night (not per person)

All rates are based on full board, including;

  • Accommodation in freestanding suites
  • Welcome drink served upon arrival
  • Fresh fruit daily in suite
  • Breakfast buffet with full English breakfast menu
  • Light lunch
  • 5-course dinner
  • Horse riding for non- and experienced riders through the reserve (please note that the weight limit is
  • 90kg/198lbs per person/ children under the age of 12 are only allowed on guided pony rides)
  • Guided Walks including fynbos nature tours and Milkwood walks
  • Nature, marine & coastal drives and walks including the Walker Bay Nature Reserve, De Kelders cliff walk, Klipgat Cave combined with seasonal land-based whale watching (whale watching especially during July – December)
  • Bird-watching; experience a great variety of bird species on the reserve
  • Various maps of the reserve and the area for self-guided walks
  • Transfers to/from all activities

PRIVATE VILLAS for total exclusivity 

Two private villas (one 4 bedroom and one 6 bedroom) are the last word in secluded luxury, offering unforgettable experiences to discerning guests. With intuitive service provided by your own private chef, butler and nature guides, your every need will be met in a home-away-from-home environment of unsurpassed quality.


  • Secluded and private, surrounded by pristine natural beauty
  • Your own swimming pool, office, cinema room, wine cellar and fully equipped gym
  • Exclusive service that will see to your every need
  • Panoramic views at every turn add to the feeling of tranquillity
  • A landing strip is available to all guests arriving in helicopters and small planes

Price from R75,000 per villa per night

In line with Captured In Africa’s Responsible Tourism Conservation and product selection policy, Grootbos is backed by the Grootbos Foundation, whose key fundamentals are Community, Culture, Commerce and Conservation – a non-profit organisation dedicated to empowering others through ecotourism, enterprise development, sports development and education.

The Grootbos Foundation say; “All of our projects are replicable and scalable, with many generating their own income or becoming partially self-sustaining. From beekeeping to animal husbandry, recycling candles to coaching soccer, computer training to clearing alien vegetation, each programme has been carefully considered to build a brighter future for the people who live here, as well as the environment.”

Captured In Africa are pleased to offer our customers Grootbos Nature Reserve. An itinerary featuring Cape Town and other neighbouring destinations makes a whole lot of sense… with our recommendation of a minimum 3 nights at Grootbos.

To enquire about your stay at Grootbos or for any other African travel plans, speak to our team HERE

If we missed anything, then it’s worth going to this amazing place just to experience it for yourself!


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