Spectacular scenery, unadulterated luxury and a string of immersive activities await at this enchanting eco-reserve in the Overberg.
Less than two hours from Cape Town, Grootbos Private Nature Reserve is a sacred haven where endless nature and (unpretentious) luxury converge. Set in an ancient milkwood forest, surrounded by fields of fynbos, with views across Walker Bay, the reserve’s regenerative approach to tourism (and its community) is what sets it apart, and gives it an authenticity and depth that lingers long after the initial seduction has faded.
With an assortment of activities on offer – complemented by faultlessly five-star accommodation and superb service – Grootbos is an appealing destination for nature lovers, outdoor enthusiasts, gourmet travellers and young families alike.
Spring is a special time at the reserve: As nature awakens, a blanket of pink blossoms washes over the surrounding plains, and Walker Bay becomes a temporary home for southern right whales, who spend the warm months frolicking in the cove below. At sunset, take a seat on the deck and let the 180-degree panoramas of fynbos, ocean and mountain wash over you.
After months of lockdown, Grootbos is running an unbelievable special: a five-star stay in a freestanding luxury suite, complete with breakfast lunch and dinner, and a string of selected activities, all for R3 750 per person per night (55% discount). The Spring Splendour special runs from 1 September until 11 December 2020.
This family-friendly lodge features 16 stand-alone suites, each with its own king-size bedroom, a living room with a fireplace, a spacious deck with loungers and a bathtub with arguably the most spectacular views of Walker Bay.
Our check-in took place in the view-drenched lobby, while we sipped ginger-ale punch and our five-year-old tried his hand at chess, solitaire and noughts-and-crosses in the living area.
All meals are taken in the restaurant (sit on the deck if the weather allows), and at dinnertime, a children’s table is set in the kids’ activity room – which has a movie screen, popcorn machine, table tennis and foosball table to keep them entertained – while grown-ups enjoy some quiet conversation.
Service throughout is exemplary – warm, professional, personalised – making this a truly five-star affair. An infinity pool, spa and chichi boutique complete the luxe factor.
In addition to five-star accommodation, breakfast, a three-course lunch and five-course dinner, the Spring Splendour special includes the following activities:
Guided walks and hikes Head into the hinterland while your knowledgeable guide regales you with stories about all the inhabitants – insects, plants and animals – of this unique and sacred reserve.
4×4 Flower Safari Take a drive through the 2 500-hectare reserve and learn about Erica irregularis (magnificent pink blossoms endemic to the Cape Floral Kingdom and found nowhere else in the world), among others.
Horseback experience The beautifully cared-for string of horses are ready to show you around their reserve. Feed them a carrot before your ride, and you’ll get preferential treatment! There’s even a pony for the little ones to ride.
Ancient Cave Experience Klipgat in nearby Gansbaai is an ancient limestone cave dating back to the middle and late Stone Age. Children will be transfixed by stories of previous inhabitants, as they scour the floor for ancient bones and remains.
Before heading back to the lodge for dinner, watch the sunset from Piano Rock (or one of the many sundowner spots), with a G&T and roasted cashews. A picnic lunch can also be arranged, should you prefer an alfresco meal…
Grootbos is truly one of those otherworldly places where real-life magic happens…
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Valid until 11 December 2020
Cost From R3 795 per person per night sharing
Distance from CT 2 hours
Where to find it R43, Gansbaai, Western Cape
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