Set in the Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, this luxe all-inclusive property is 5 km from Walker Bay and 7 km from Gansbaai. 

All the accommodation has been designed to reflect the exquisite natural setting of the Grootbos Nature Reserve, while never compromising on style or luxury.

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve offers luxury accommodations featuring spectacular views of ancient forests and the whale watching haven of Walker Bay, just a 30-minute drive from Hermanus.

Guests can enjoy African and European gourmet cuisine, made with fresh and locally grown produce in Grootbos Private Nature Reserve’s 2 restaurants. Full English breakfast menus, light lunches and 6-course dinners are included in the rate.

The most exclusive offering at Grootbos, set apart from the rest of the estate the 6-Bedroom Villa provides you with 1000 square metres in which to unwind, indulge and connect. The design every room is both gracious, yet thoughtful, while the intuitive service you’ll receive from the private villa staff will meet your every need

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve offers various tours and unique experiences, including:

Shark Cage Diving

Whale Watching

Horse Riding


South Africa is one of the continent’s best safari destinations, offering the Big Five (lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino) and more in accessible parks and reserves. You can drive right into the epic wilderness at Kruger, Kgalagadi and other parks, or join khaki-clad rangers on guided drives and walks. But it’s not all about big game sightings – wildlife watching here also teaches you to enjoy the little things: a leopard tortoise ambling alongside the road, a go-away bird chirping its distinctive chant in the trees, or on the coast, an encounter with seals, whales or a great white shark.

Literally meaning ‘over the mountain’, Overberg refers to the region east of the Hottentots Holland range, where rolling wheat fields are bordered by the Breede River, the coast and the peaks of three mountain ranges.

There are no unattractive routes leading to the Overberg; the N2 snakes up Sir Lowry’s Pass, which has magnificent views from the top, while Rte 44 stays at sea level and winds its way round Cape Hangklip, skirting the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve. It’s a breathtaking coastal drive, on a par with Chapman’s Peak Dr in Cape Town, but without the toll.

Hermanus is a major draw for whales in the calving season (June to December) and for people wanting to watch them from easily accessed points throughout the town. If you’re keen to escape the throngs that gather here, head for less crowded whale-watching spots in Gansbaai, Arniston and the magical De Hoop Nature Reserve.

South Africa’s ever-changing scenery is the perfect canvas on which to paint an activity-packed trip. Try rock-climbing in the craggy Cederberg, surfing off the Eastern Cape coast, abseiling from Cape Town’s iconic Table Mountain or bungee jumping from a Garden Route bridge. If adrenaline sports aren’t your thing, opt instead for a hike: options include multi-day treks through wildlife reserves, dusty day walks in the semi-desert Karoo, catered “slackpacking” trails along the Cape coast or an overnight hike into the sometimes snow-capped peaks of the Drakensberg.

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