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Grootbos Garden Lodge

Grootbos Garden Lodge

The Grootbos Nature Reserve overlooks Walker Bay (renowned as a whale nursery), lying between the towns of Stanford and Gansbaai near Hermanus on the Cape’s southern coast. This region is South Africa’s premier marine and floral destination. Anyone interested in the unique and varied Cape floral kingdom (known as “fynbos”) will not want to miss a visit here.

Guests will find outstanding accommodation here in two 5-star establishments, Grootbos Garden Lodge and Grootbos Forest Lodge and the extraordinary Grootbos Villa.

Grootbos Garden Lodge has a number of luxurious suites: six one-bedroom Luxury suites, two two-bedroom Luxury suites, and three one-bedroom Classic suites. Each suite features a canopy beds, spacious en-suite bathroom, separate lounge with fireplace, a mini bar, tea/coffee making facilities, and a wooden deck with spectacular views. The décor pays homage to the birds and flora of the area.

The lodge is a most appropriate combination of stone, thatch, and timber. Its gardens celebrate the indigenous bush. There is an excellent restaurant, The Garden, with its own glorious views over the ocean toward the setting sun. The emphasis is on fresh local ingredients including freshly caught fish, succulent meats, and local produce, all paired with delicious South African wines.

In addition, Grootbos Garden Lodge offers a laundry service, beauty salon, library, internet access, and an entertainment room. The large deck and swimming pool provide excellent opportunities to relax and take in the views.

Activities at Grootbos are spectacular and unique, including boat-based whale watching. The native marine life includes Southern Right Whales and the other four members of the Cape’s “big 5”: dolphin, African Penguin, Cape Fur Seal, and Great White Shark.

Due to the region’s remarkable and unique flora, a “flower safari” is a must. Whether via 4x4 or on foot, it is difficult to wrap your mind around the variety and beauty of the over 750 fynbos species. There is the potential that you will encounter hundreds of bird species including the previously endangered blue crane.

For the avid beachgoers, there are nine miles of pristine coastline. Additionally, Grootbos Nature Reserve has sixteen well-trained horses on which even the novice will be comfortable. There a number of excellent wine estates in the region, and wine tours will give you the opportunity to taste a number of award-winning wines, possibly even convincing you to take some home.

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