Grootbos Private Nature Reserve – Western Cape
Experience nature like never before from Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, an eco-resort and charter member of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World collection. Nestling on coastal hills in the heart of the Cape Floral Kingdom covered in a unique type of vegetation called fynbos, with sweeping views across Walker Bay, a whale sanctuary recognised by the WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) as one of the 12 best whale viewing spots in the world – where you can watch migratory whales on the Cape’s southern shores between June and November.
This pioneering 5-star establishment is a mere two hours from Cape Town and close to the seaside resort of Hermanus. Secluded, spacious suites provide an ideal blend of privacy and supreme comfort, with cuisine that is gourmet and wines that are local award-winners. Suites come with separate living and sleeping areas, fireplaces and private balconies or decks overlooking the bay.
Explore the wonderland of the Cape Floral Kingdom with expert guides who’ll introduce you to the relationship between plants, birds, mammals and insects in a diverse ecosystem with a wealth of indigenous plant species including an ancient Milkwood forest.
You can enjoy guided nature walks, 4×4 ”flower safaris”, land-based whale watching tours, and horse riding for non- and experienced riders.
It’s also the perfect base to look over fascinating sites along the coast – caves that have given humans shelter and food since Middle Stone Age times onwards. This coastline also offers close-up encounters with sharks, huge seabird colonies, tidal pools, shipwrecks and deserted beaches.
Delight in the botanical wonders of this 2,500 hectare / 6,200 acres reserve with a remarkable 765 plant species, 100 of which are endangered and 6 of which are completely new to science! Four of these new species are known to exist only within the confines of the reserve. British conservationist David Bellamy claims is ‘’the best example of conservation diversity ever seen‘’.
Promoting the link between people and plants, Grootbos partners with projects such as Eden in Cornwall and has initiated a foundation which contributes to the conservation of the reserve and surrounding natural areas as well as develops sustainable livelihoods among local communities.