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Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

Western Cape, South Africa

Close to the southern tip of Africa, on the rich coastline of the Indian and the Antarctic Oceans, you will find Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, set amidst the mountains and Milkwood forests. They offer a family-friendly resort, with two suites, as well as private villas, and 2500 hectares of pristine wilderness thriving with wildlife.

Surrounded by views of beautiful native plants, and abundant wildlife it’s no wonder this place values conservation and the environment so much. Their efforts are never-ending to improve, and they ensure they pamper you in the highest level of luxury while relaxing and enjoying your stay. This reserve is more than just a place to vacation, but rather a culture of people who are looking to make the planet a greener place.

Their story

It all started in 1991 when the Lutzeyer family fell in love with a small farm sitting on the Fynbos slopes overlooking Walker Bay, surrounded by natural wonder. This place was special, and they knew they needed to share it. Fast forward 3 years, the family sold their business in the city and decided to open a small bed and breakfast to host people at this special place they had found. With a vision to protect, dedication to becoming better, and passion for the community and nature, Grootbos now shares this piece of botanical and wildlife paradise with the world.

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve stands for a luxury, inclusive, shared model of tourism dedicated to the conservation of the Overberg region in the Western Cape of Africa. In 2003 this was formalized with the creation of the Grootbos Foundation. Each year they work to sustain over 21,000 hectares of delicate flora and fauna and support 11,000 members of the local community. Most recently, the Grootbos Foundation has served over 250,000 meals during the pandemic and supplied over 16,000 masks into the community to ensure schools can open safely. The Grootbos foundation doesn’t stop there – they are continuously researching conservation and innovation on ways we can create a greener future with the lead of Michael Luzteyer (pictured above). Read more about them here.

Sustainability actions

Lowest impact construction and operation

Highest level of energy efficiency

Pioneer in waste management

Fully organic and chemical-free operation

Actively protects nature and community

Most Popular Activities near Grootbos Private Nature Reserve Lodge

  • 4×4 botanical safari
  • Shark and whale watching
  • Exploration of ancient caves
  • Nature walks in or around forests to see native South African animals
  • Fat biking

Best time to visit Grootbos Private Nature Reserve Lodge

  • If you love to spot the great white sharks in their undisturbed natural environment, best time visit them between May and October. 
  • If you want get a sneak peek of migratory southern right or humpback whales, travel between June and October.
  • If you are interested in the most spectacular showcasing of its rich diversity of flora and fauna, visit between May and August.



per person per night

  • Free standing luxury units & private villas

    Fully inclusive. Includes 4x4 botanical safari, nature guide and horse riding

    $ 640


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