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Grootbos Private Nature Reserve is a five-star 4,200 acre reserve overlooking Walker Bay, just east of Hermanus on the Cape coast. The reserve has eco-friendly objectives at heart and your visit directly contributes to the conservation efforts of the Grootbos Foundation.
Grootbos consists of two lodges: the original Garden Lodge, which has 11 cottages and is well suited to families, and a more contemporary 16 room Forest Lodge set amongst ancient Millwood trees. Each lodge has its own pool and is linked by winding pathways to the main lodge. The reserve also has a hidden villa with six suites (accommodating 12), a private butler, chef and guide.
Dining at either of the two restaurants at Grootbos is included in your board and allows you to experience fine contemporary cuisine amid beautiful surroundings. Chef Benjamin Conradie uses organic ingredients to create buffet breakfasts, three course lunches and five course dinners (nobody's leaving hungry), all meticulously prepared and tailored to any dietary needs.
For relaxation, Grootbos offers two spa facilities. The Forest Spa has expansive windows to take in the neighbouring forest and Milkwood trees and offers a range of treatments from facials to foot reflexologist.
Activities at Grootbos include guided walks on the reserve to discover the unique fynbos ecosystem and regular boat trips run in the whale migration months. Bird colonies, African penguins, Cape fur seals, dolphins and great white sharks can also be spotted while exploring the Grootbos reserve. And after all that excitement, be sure to while away a few hours lazing on the deserted sandy beaches.
From June to December, Walker Bay is home to southern right whales which can be seen from the clifftops on the hotel's doorstep, or from a custom-built whale-watching boat.
Isabel, Original Traveller