Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

Stanford, South Africa

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

The jewel of Stanford, Grootbos Private Nature Reserve just outside of Cape Town is a luxury, five-star eco-utopia that showcases the magnificent flora and fauna occupying the southern tip of Africa.

Set within an enchanting milkwood forest, Grootbos, an Afrikaans term meaning giant forest, gets its name from the 1000-year-old Milkwood trees surrounding the lodge. Guests are granted access to their luxury suites by travelling along a winding path that snakes through the ancient forest. This simple act of arriving feels like a magical adventure, every time.

A stone’s throw from the pristine beaches of Walker Bay, guests staying at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve can enjoy guided tours to the Klipgat Cave in De Kelders which shows evidence of ancient civilisations dating as far back as 70,000 years prior.

Extending beyond the luxury travel destination, The Grootbos Foundation is dedicated to sustainability in countless forms and employs an impressive number of initiatives all designed to empower others through ecotourism. Guests are able to enjoy a number of excursions to learn more about the inspiring initiatives set up by The Grootbos Foundation.

Why We Love Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

  • Wandering through the pristine eco-paradise is truly a magnificent experience. Even guests who wouldn’t necessarily call themselves natures lovers may change their tune after a stay at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve.
  • Those who decide to visit between June and November may grab a glance at the southern right whales that migrate annually to the bay to calve and nurse their young.
  • The work that has been done by The Grootbos Foundation is truly inspiring. It is highly recommended that guests get involved by either visiting one of the operation sites, planting a tree or joining the beekeepers to harvest honey.

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Activities at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

  Marine safari

  Botanical tour

  Horse riding

  Whale watching

  Scenic flights

Our Favourite Memories from Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

  Sipping on a delicious cappuccino on the deck overlooking Walker Bay.

 Walking through the ancient, almost magical, milkwood forests.

  Discovering the incredible history of the early inhabitants of the Klipgat Caves.

Couple swimming at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve
Couple eating lunch on the deck of Grootbos Private Nature Reserve
Two loungers on the deck of Forest Lodge at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve
Couple sitting in reception at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve
View from deck of Forest Lodge of Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

Enjoy your stay at Grootbos Nature Reserve

Boasting over 2500-hectares of wondrous wilderness, Grootbos Private Nature Reserve is a utopia waiting to be explored. Discover the secrets of this incredible reserve through a vast number of activities including guided walks, hikes, horse rides, 4x4 excursions and more.

Walking tour of the Klipgat Cave in Walker Bay

Klipgat Cave

Enjoy a guided tour of the cliffs of De Kelders and explore the Klipgat Cave. This World Heritage Site dazzles its visitors as it displays signs of life left behind by the ancient tribes of the San bushman that inhabited the area.

The Grootbos Foundation Green Futures project

Progressive Tourism Tour

Showcasing some of the incredible work done by The Grootbos Foundation, the progressive tourism tour gives guests a behind-the-scenes look at the Green Futures, Siyakhula and Football Foundation projects.

Whale watching during a marine safari in Walker Bay

Marine Safari

Look below the surface to see the world below the waves. Enjoy a guided boat trip into the waters of Walker Bay to view the extensive range of marine wildlife including seals, whales, sharks, penguins and dolphins.

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