Grootbos Nature Reserve: SOUTH AFRICA

Bedroom(s): 27  Locale: Mountain. Coast

price $210 - 390 /night

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A South Africa Eco Lodge nestled between mountain and sea, the Grootbos Private Nature Reserve is a five-star paradise showcasing the incredible Flora and Marine life of the Southern Tip of Africa. Home of the “Marine Big 5” – whales, sharks, dolphins, seals and penguins; and with unparalleled floral diversity, the South Africa Eco Lodge will offer you a one-of-a-kind luxury African experience.

Only 2 hours from Cape Town and 30 minutes from Hermanus on the way to the world-renowned Garden Route, the South Africa Eco Lodge is perfectly situated between the classic attractions of the Cape and is most certainly a highlight on any itinerary.

The Magic of Milkwoods

The name Grootbos, an Afrikaans word meaning Big Forest, is derived from the presence of our ancient Milkwood Forests. Milkwood trees are known to grow over 1000 years old and their gnarled branches and mossy beards create an enchanting atmosphere of deep soothing tranquility and rejuvenation. It is amongst these ancient forests that Grootbos has artfully laid out its exquisite 5-star accommodation offerings, with breathtaking views across the fynbos plains towards the sparkling whale sanctuary of Walker Bay in the distance.

An Investment in People and the Environment

The South Africa Eco Lodge is about more than just luxury accommodation and eco adventures. Your visit directly contributes to the conservation efforts of the Grootbos Foundation as well as the development of sustainable nature-based livelihoods amongst local communities.

The Accommodations of the South Africa Eco Lodge

Each of the freestanding suites are stylishly furnished with luxurious canopy beds, spacious en suite bathrooms, separate lounges with cosy fireplaces and private wooden decks with spectacular panoramic views. On a clear day, it’s possible to see all the way to Cape Point! Orientated towards the setting sun, every evening offers another grand spectacle of light and colour.

From the warm and friendly Garden Lodge to the highly exclusive Villa, be assured of supreme comfort at the South Africa Eco Lodge, luxury and style wherever you decide to stay, while you discover and experience the wonders of this unique floral and marine eco-paradise.

Garden Lodge

With its tranquil gardens, meandering walkways and charming ponds, Garden Lodge exudes a warm and welcoming atmosphere that invites you to feel at home.

Forest Lodge

The Forest Lodge is a masterpiece of sophisticated and contemporary design reflecting the breathtaking natural beauty of the surrounding landscape.

The Villa

The Villa, consisting of six elegant suites accommodating up to 12 guests, represents the ultimate in luxury and exclusivity. With your own private guide, chef and butler at your beck and call, not to mention complete privacy to enjoy all that the South Africa Eco Lodge has to offer, it doesn’t get much better than this.

Your visit to our South Africa Eco Lodge is about much more than just five star accommodation and eco adventures. What if we told you your visit had a direct positive impact upon the unique natural environment of the Walker Bay Region and its people? To find out how you are inspiring and creating sustainable change in our region, please visit our website (, you will find more information about the Grootbos Foundation – our ground-breaking and award winning non-profit organisation.

From the beginning, the lodge has been committed to the conservation of the region’s biodiversity; as well as developing sustainable livelihoods through ecotourism, enterprise development, sports development and education.

Established in 2003 with the VISION of transforming communities and conserving our environment through the creation of sustainable livelihoods and active citizenship, the Grootbos Foundation innovatively creates and implements researched project models and programmes. These programmes are replicable and scalable in order to assist the communities that surround us, and those in other regions. Many of our projects generate their own income and/or are partially self-sustaining.

The Foundation’s implementation strategies are based on three integrated ‘umbrella’ programmes:

  • Green Futures which focuses on conservation
  • Football Foundation which focuses on utilising sport for development
  • Siyakhula which focuses on the creation of sustainable livelihoods through enterprise development

Funds generated by the Grootbos ecotourism business, together with donations received from guests and external donors are invested through the foundation’s key programmes. In this way, all Grootbos guests directly support our aims of biodiversity conservation and social development in the Walker Bay region.

The greatest good you can do for another person is not only to share your riches, but rather to reveal to them their own. - Benjamin Disraeli


Walker Bay is recognised as an area of exquisite natural beauty and abundant marine life but there is another side to this idyllic picture that the upmarket traveller seldom sees. As in much of South Africa, a large portion of the Gansbaai community live in relatively poor conditions and endure such social stresses as unemployment, health and dietary problems and a lack of education – the Green Futures programme aims to implement positive and sustainable change to combat these socio-economic stresses in the Gansbaai community and its surrounds.

Planting the Seeds of Human Potential

Established in 2003, the Green Futures Horticulture and Life Skills College provides educational training to 8-12 unemployed young adults each year. The aim is to give students the skills and confidence necessary to market themselves and become employable, while at the same time contributing to the conservation and promotion of the region’s unique biodiversity.

Since its inception, the Green Futures programme has seen over 118 young graduates and more than 90% of these graduates achieve employment; this is great testament to the innovation, efficacy and success of Green Futures Horticulture & Life Skills College

The Green Futures Projects

  • Ecological Research
  • Indigenous Fynbos Nursery
  • Hospitality Skills Training
  • Walker Bay Fynbos Conservancy
  • Future Trees - you can sponsor a tree at Grootbos
  • Alien Vegetation Management

Hotel Facilities & Features

  • Airport transfer
  • Child-safe
  • Dining
  • Nature tour
  • Ocean
  • Staff
  • Walking/trekking/climbing
  • Wilderness
  • Wildlife
  • Winery & Vineyard

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