Grootbos Forest Lodge is located in the 1 200ha Grootbos Private Nature Reserve. Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and Overberg Mountains, this award-winning lodge features a sophisticated design and has been constructed using local sandstone and sustainably harvested timber. Ideal for a honeymoon or romantic getaway, Forest Lodge offers only 16 suites and provides an intimate and elegant experience.

Explore the magnificent area on guided drives and walks through the reserve as you learn about the fascinating fynbos and delicate relationships of the indigenous flora and fauna. Go horse-riding, whale watching, on a flower safari, or even a thrilling scenic flight over the gorgeous landscape. Grootbos has a strong focus on conservation and sustainable tourism, and is a member of FTTSA (Fair Trade in Tourism, South Africa).

Recent accolades & press

  •  Member of National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World
  •  One of the “Best Eco-Lodges in Africa" on CNN


  • Located in the Grootbos Private Nature Reserve on the Cape's Whale Coast
  • A modern, light and spacious lodge with fantastic views over the reserve
  • Luxurious suites, all tucked within the forest - all very private and romantic
  • Amazing cuisine, prepared with ingredients from the Grootbos gardens

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Spend lazy afternoons beside the swimming pool where you can enjoy exceptional views over Walker Bay.

The main lodge complex houses the bar area where you can enjoy a refreshing drink.

General Facilities

    Beauty or Wellness therapist
    Laundry service
    Private garden
    Swimming Pool
    Computer facilities
    Wi-fi available


Dine at the Red Indigo restaurant where you can enjoy a range of excellent dishes created using local and fresh produce.

Look out at the incredible views of Walker Bay through huge windows, while the friendly staff attends to your every need. Complement your meal with a fine wine from extensive collection.

One-Bedroom Luxury Suite

Grootbos Forest Lodge offers 16 private Luxury Suites hidden in a fairytale forest.

Each suite is elegantly furnished for both comfort and beauty, and features a fireplace, romantic canopy bed, under-floor heating, and a spacious en suite bathroom with double showers and/or baths. In addition, the suites also offer superb views from the wooden deck, and a mini bar.

One-Bedroom Luxury Suite AMENITIES

    Air conditioning
    En-suite bath and shower
    Mini bar
    Safe in room
    Tea & coffee-making facilities
    Wi-fi available in room
    Outdoor shower
    Underfloor heating


  • Beach activities
  • Bird watching
  • Day tours
  • Horse riding
  • Guided walks
  • Picnics
  • Whale watching
  • Hiking
  • dates rates from board basis
  • 01 May 2016 - 30 Jun 2016 $230 Full Board
  • 01 Jul 2016 - 31 Aug 2016 $290 Full Board
  • 01 Sep 2016 - 30 Nov 2016 $365 Full Board
  • 01 Dec 2016 - 15 Dec 2016 $290 Full Board
  • 16 Dec 2016 - 19 Dec 2016 $365 Full Board
  • 20 Dec 2016 - 07 Jan 2017 $365 Full Board
  • 08 Jan 2017 - 30 Apr 2017 $365 Full Board

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply
  • Rates may be different for different room types
  • The most competitive rates for accommodation are available in our tailored packages

Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

Traveller Reviews

  • Grootbos was sensational. We can't say enough good things about the place. It was a beautiful property, matched only by the warmth and professionalism of the service staff. The outdoor activities were very enjoyable and well-run. Absolutely fabulous.

    Martin Goh, October 2014
  • Grootbos - what can we say - fantastic. Definitely the best small hotel we have stayed at and on a par with Four Seasons. Accommodation, food, service and the staff were all first class. The nature drives and trips were very good and Christoff our guide on the 4 x 4 nature safari and nature walks was quite exceptional. Five stars does not seem enough - we did not want to leave.

    Peter Richardson, November 2013
  • The highlight of our trip was Grootbos - we loved the room, the on site activities including whale / seal / penguin watching and the social responsibility tour and wished we had left the previous hotel earlier to enjoy Grootbos to its fullest. What a treat.

    Todd Fleischhauer, December 2008
  • Grootbos - another fantastic place with great food. We really liked the modern/contemporary design of the lodges and the fact that we were staying in a nature reserve. Once again all the staff were extremely helpful and all the activities well organized. We enjoyed Whale watching and I went cage diving, which really didn't live up to expectations (I think I would prefer to be in open water as opposed to cooped up in a cage!). Unfortunately, it was a very long trip with lots of waiting around on the boat etc. Apart from the cage diving trip (which isn't operated by Grootbos), we loved the place. I especially like the fact that they are training and educating local people from the shanty town to act as guides, thereby putting something back into the community.

    Matt Riggs, February 2008

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Ashley Gerrand

Ashley Gerrand

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"An absolute must for those looking for a real nature experience. The lodges are stunning and the views are like no other. The highlight for me was the food, nature drives and visiting the caves on the beach. This is a very romantic destination – definitely worth the visit!"



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The highlight of our trip was Grootbos - we loved the room, the on site activities including whale / seal / penguin watching and the social responsibility tour and wished we had left the previous hotel earlier to enjoy Grootbos to its fullest. What a treat.

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