Gansbaai, South Africa
Grootbos Forest Lodge is situated on the 1750 hectare Grootbos Private Nature Reserve in the Gansbaai area, just 160km from Cape Town. This multi-award winning reserve is home to protected Fynbos as well as the largest Milkwood Forests in the world and has won world wide acclaim for its conservation and social responsibility programs. The lodge is set within the fynbos and forest clad hills which overlook the whale-watching haven of Walker Bay.
The 16 freestanding one-bedroom suites are set in tranquil surroundings, connected by winding pathways through the ancient Milkwood Forest. Some of them are air-conditioned and the lounges are large enough to comfortably convert to an extra sleeping area. Decorated in a modern contemporary style, using earthy tones, these suites comprise of a lounge with a fireplace, tea & coffee making facilities and mini bars. The spacious bedrooms have extra length beds, 100% down duvets and cotton linen and the finely appointed en-suite bathrooms boast double showers and oversized bath tubs, all with captivating views.
A comprehensive program of fun learning activities for the children offers adventures on the beach and at the rock pools, treasure hunts and horseback rides, all hosted by experienced guides. Other eco-friendly activities include nature drives and hikes to explore the plants and archaeological caves, birding, whale watching and even spotting the rare African Penguin.
Lightfoot Travel provides tailor-made itineraries that include daily tours and excursions, restaurant recommendations and bookings, and can incorporate the Garden Route into a greater South Africa and African holiday. Take a look at The Best of the Capeas an example of a bespoke itinerary that we can create for you.
- Location & Getting There
Grootbos Forest Lodge is situated on the 1750 hectare Grootbos Private Nature Reserve in the Gansbaai area, less than a 2-hour drive away from Cape Town International Airport.
The estate comprises of the Garden Lodge, Forest Lodge and Villa. The Garden Lodge has 11 suites surrounded by nature in the ancient Milkwood forest, each featuring a private deck that provides fantastic views of the greenery and ocean in a distance. The 16 free-standing luxury suites of Forest Lodge are also nestled in the Milkwood forest, featuring spacious wooden decks perched over the forest canopy, with a Luxury Pool suite boasting an additional private plunge pool. The Villa is the most exclusive offering, a luxurious accommodation for up to 12 guests, featuring spacious living spaces, private guide, chef and butler, sheltered courtyards, as well as decks which provide vistas of Walker Bay and the Hermanus mountains in the distance.
- Curio shop
- Beauty salon
- Dining: 2 restaurants
Grootbos Private Nature Reserve offers horse riding, guided walks or drives in the reserve, which are complimentary at both lodges. Other activities at an additional cost include whale watching, great white shark cage diving, boat activities, wine tours, bird watching, scenic flights, horse riding and in-room beauty and massage treatments.
A comprehensive program of fun learning activities for children is on offer, including adventures on the beach and at the rock pools, treasure hunts and horseback rides, all hosted by experienced guides.