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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My elderly mother and I recently spent two nights in a two-bedroom suite at the Garden Lodge. Grootbos is not ideal for the elderly, as there are many steps, some without railings. But the hotel staff were completely upfront about this, and we went anyway. We were glad we did, and the staff did their utmost to accommodate my mother's...

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Sandton, South Africa
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed at Forest Lodge for a couples getaway for two nights in August and were thrilled with all aspects of our stay. This is definitely a bucket list destination, but be warned - they've been hit by fire twice...it's the nature of the nature there. The setting is spectacular, overlooking the stretch of bay between Gansbaai and Hermanus, with...

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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is only the third time I have been moved to post a review on TA. We are coming to the end of a four night stay at Grootbos and all four of us will be very sad to leave. The people who work here do everything possible to create the perfect place for adults and kids alike. We will...

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SeanIngles, General Manager at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, responded to this review

Dear 7chamber Thank you so much for your humbling review! We appreciate your words of encouragement greatly and we are just so thrilled that you experienced the magic of Grootbos firsthand. I hope you come back soon to continue your exploratory journey with us... Regards Sean

Stockbridge, United Kingdom
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stayed for three nights as part of an organised tour. Fabulous place. Beautiful, huge suite in its own cottage, with a fantastic view over Walker Bay. Excellent service, charming staff, amazing food. They even coped seamlessly with a power failure. Some great social initiatives as well, with training programmes and a horticultural centre and farm. Expert botanical guides for the...

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SeanIngles, General Manager at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, responded to this review

Dear Frances P I wish we could keep a little cottages in the corner for you permanently but alas, you'll just have to come back again someday. Thank you for your positive review. We really appreciate it. Regards Sean

Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

I really don't know where to start ! This truly is one for the bucket list... I must admit driving in I felt a little disappointment as it is just off the main road not hidden in a Forrest as I imagined, but how wrong I was! Once you arrive you wouldn't even know there was a road anywhere near...

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SeanIngles, General Manager at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, responded to this review

WOW! Thank you Alison for a stellar review! We are all thrilled to hear that you had such a great time with us. We sometimes feel that there is actually just too much to do here and encourage people to scratch a few activities OFF their list and just enjoy the peace and tranquility in their suites. Of course it...

Todmorden, United Kingdom
Reviewed 14 November 2016 via mobile

We stayed here for two nights, it was perfect. Even though the weather didn't behave we had a great time. The accommodation was perfect, like a small house. We had a lounge, bedroom, bathroom, even a small kitchen area. Outside there was a nice area with decking, with sun loungers. The views were stunning. The staff were great so friendly,...

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SeanIngles, General Manager at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, responded to this review

Dear Olive Thank you for your positive review. It really goes a long way to motivate our staff. Our whale-watching season was definitely shorter this year than in the past but we know for sure that the whale population is on a steady incline, perhaps they just chose to holiday elsewhere this year. I do hope you have an opportunity...

Brisbane, Australia
Reviewed 3 November 2016

We stayed in cottage 2 which was very spacious and well set out. There was a separate bedroom, very large bathroom with bath and shower as well as lounge room with kitchenette. There was a large private balcony with reclining chairs and or table to sit at. Although the cottages are close to each other you can't see into the...

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SeanIngles, General Manager at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, responded to this review

Dear Amanda P I'm delighted to hear that you enjoyed your time with us. It sounds like you managed to keep your days filled with all sorts of exciting activities. May the memories remain with you for years to come! Regards Sean

El Cerrito, California
Reviewed 28 October 2016

Grootbos is a private nature reserve of some 2500 hectares protecting over 750 indigenous plant species, perhaps most notably a myriad of fynbos species and the ancient milkwood trees. Driving along the shores of Walker Bay, you take an inland drive through the gated community of Grootbos’s two main accommodation areas, Garden Lodge and Forest Lodge. They are located some...

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SeanIngles, General Manager at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, responded to this review

Dear divegirlelaine Now that's what I call a full account of every detail of your stay! I'm sure the public are going to find this review very useful and thank you for taking the time to write it. I'm so happy to hear that you enjoyed your time with us. Regards Sean

Westport, Connecticut
Reviewed 9 October 2016

This beautiful nature reserve offered a wildflower safari in an open Range Rover. Protea were growing and blooming in abundance all over the reserve. It was a wonderful experience! Our group planted a tree on the reserve. The Reserve has a hotel and a gourmet restaurant. I had seafood curry which was excellent, as well as the best creme brulet...

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SeanIngles, General Manager at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, responded to this review

Dear lorettam55 Thank you for taking some time out of your holiday to explore the wonders of Grootbos! It really is a marvellous time of the year with millions of pincushion proteas flowering in the hills. Pure spring heaven! I'll be sure to pass on your positives comments regarding the food to our chefs. They'll be thrilled to hear you...

Stavanger, Norway
Reviewed 4 October 2016 via mobile

Loved this place. Travelled with 2 seven year olds and it was perfect for us. Perfect rooms, delicious food, fantastic activities for all. It was non stop fun with relaxation too. Staff are amazing. Views wonderful!

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SeanIngles, General Manager at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, responded to this review

Dear claire_m_warne For young children, Grootbos must truly be a fantasy-land! There is adventure around every corner. We are delighted to hear that you all had so much fun and will hopefully see you again in future. Regards Sean

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Grootbos, with its two 5-star luxury lodges is spectacularly situated on the fynbos and forest clad hills overlooking the whale-watching haven of Walker Bay. Grootbos has carved a unique niche in the upmarket eco-lodge sector by specializing in the Cape region of South Africa’s world-renowned flora and marine biodiversity. This multi-award winning reserve is home to more than 740 different plant species, offers warm hospitality, excellent cuisine, fine wines and is a nature lover’s paradise. ... more   less 

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Address: R43 Between Stanford and Gansbaai, Grootbos Private Nature Reserve 7220, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Grootbos Private Nature Reserve
Price Range: $853 - $1,629 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Grootbos Private Nature Reserve 5*
Number of rooms: 27
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“I would imagine that all the rooms have the same great views.”
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“The Forest Lodge is the more romantic, modern half of the estate. If you're a couple, choose a suite there if you can afford it.”
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  • View from the Land Rover during our fynbos drive.
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“The path to rooms is pavers and lightly rolling. Distance to suite 30 is quite a ways! Keep in mind if you have ambulatory issues.”
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