Grootbos Nature Reserve

Grootbos Nature Reserve is spectacularly situated on the fynbos and forest clad hills that overlook the whale-watching haven of Walker Bay

Western Cape Game and Nature ReservesThe Grootbos Nature Reserve

The Western Cape is home to the award-winning Grootbos Nature Reserve, which is acclaimed for being one of the most beautiful conservation reserves in the country.

Grootbos is situated near Walker Bay, where endemic fynbos and dense forests adorn the hills around this area, which attracts spans of visitors who come to the bay to see the whales every year.

The Grootbos Nature Reserve occupies 1 750 hectares and is the proud home of more than 740 different species of plants. This ranges from hundreds of hardy fynbos shrubs to the world’s largest milkwood forests.

This area is, naturally, the chosen habitat of many different animals, including birds. This flora and fauna is being protected by the conservation reserve, which aims to maintain the biodiversity and ecological balance.

The Grootbos reserve is dedicated to promoting the natural splendour of the Cape Fynbos Kingdom, educating its visitors, conducting important research and implementing various integral projects. It is a priority of the reserve to ensure that visitors play an active part in nature conservation and the upliftment of the local communities.

The magnificent beaches of the reserve are spectacular in their own rights, but also provide a unique insight into the marine life of the Western Cape. The Southern Right Whale is a common visitor to the waters, and can be seen by whale-watchers off the shore as they spyhop, lobtail and breach playfully.

Great white sharks are also common residents of these waters, although rather elusive to spectators. shark cage diving tours allow visitors to have a close encounter with these impressive hunters for a real adrenalin rush.

Hiking and exploring the caves is a must for those visiting the Grootbos Nature Reserve and wanting to experience the natural beauty at a comfortable pace. The scenery is breathtaking and guarantees lifelong memories of the splendour of the Western Cape.

Accommodation in Grootbos Nature Reserve

The Lodges at Grootbos


Luxury suites at Grootbos feature balconies where you can watch amazing sunsets over the Atlantic Ocean, natural textures and colors to bring the harmony of nature inside, and spacious bathrooms to complete the feeling of comfort. Relax in your...

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Fynbos Retreat


The property forms part of the magnificent 2500 hectare Grootbos Nature Reserve and offers two fully furnished houses overlooking large dams and surrounded by spectacular natural beauty. This is a region of exceptional beauty and rates...

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Popular Activities in Grootbos Nature Reserve

Fynbos Trail


This joint venture between the Flower Valley Conservation Trust and the Grootbos Private Nature Reserve provides a trail that is rich in fynbos, and through hidden pockets of indigenous forest, with dams and pools in which to swim. Led by an...

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Klipgat Cave


The Klipgat Caves themselves are beautiful, and the views that are offered from them exquisite. Look out over Walker Bay and experience the tranquillity that nature provides. The small beach here is great for swimming as it is sheltered and...

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Did you know?

The Grootbos reserve is dedicated to promoting the natural splendour of the Cape Fynbos Kingdom, educating its visitors, conducting important research and implementing various integral projects.

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