Grootbos Nature Reserve

Garden Route, South Africa

African safari takes on a new dimension at Grootbos Nature Reserve, an evocative private escape that celebrates wildlife below the water. Secluded and romantic, the lodge is set amongst a flowing landscape of indigenous trees and Cape fynbos. Vistas stretch down to oceanic waters where whales and dolphins are just the start of the enchantment.

We think it’s one of South Africa’s finest properties, an inspiring blend of nature and luxury. All the 27 suites are freestanding and we’d highly recommend those at the Forest Lodge for honeymooning couples. Blending into their surroundings, they provide unforgettable panoramic views that complement all the extravagant luxuries on offer. Crackling fireplaces and unique canopy beds add further charm. We think that the Garden Lodge suites more favour families and groups with their inviting atmosphere.

All meals are included and the restaurant delivers five-course dinners that tantalise the senses. Various activities are part of the package, including guided horse riding and land-based whale watching. We can’t get enough of the inclusive tours that visit remote parts of South Africa’s coastline, like caves and penguin-dappled beaches that are inaccessible to non guests.

Rather than traditional safari mammals, the reserve immerses you in the marine five, like seals and penguins revealing their antics and great white sharks showcasing their power. Add on a spa, an exceptional wine cellar and vineyard tours, plus endless options for hiking. Then sit back and soak up the glamour of your exclusive suite on the edge of Africa.

What's Included

  • 27 freestanding suites divided across two properties: Garden Lodge and Forest Lodge
  • Some suites have a private plunge pool, some have unique canopy beds
  • Private deck, cosy fireplace, huge en-suite bathroom
  • Spacious communal areas including a spa and children’s room
  • All meals including a gastronomic five-course dinner
  • Variety of land-based tours including whale watching

Open all year round, children of all ages are welcome.

Price Information

This lodge can be booked as part of a tailor-made safari, with or without flights. Per person per night prices from £325 / €375 / $465

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