Grootbos is a beautiful wilderness retreat situated between Cape Town and the Garden Route along a remote stretch of coastline with pristine white beaches and stunning coastal hillside – a diverse floral kingdom. It is a great family retreat and the varied activities will entertain children of all ages and of course mum and dad will not be forgotten.
Grootbos is situated at the gateway to the Garden Route and Winelands of the Cape region. Enjoy guided tours of the ancient vineyards and taste some of the best wines in the world. You can also visit some picturesque fishing villages with whitewashed fisherman’s cottages and fig trees.
Whale watching season at Grootbos is between June and December. A whale watching tour offers an unforgettable experience and an opportunity to see the “Marine 5” – whales, dolphins, Cape Fur seals, African penguins and Great White sharks.
Shark cage diving
Great white shark cage diving is an unforgettable and exciting experience. Gansbaai is known as the worlds best destination for seeing these magnificent creatures in action. The dives take place at Dyer Island which is also home to thousands of seals. For those who are not as adventurous, surface viewing from the top deck of a boat is a recommended alternative.
Expert guides will translate science into engaging stories on a 4×4 or walking safari through the forests and Cape Floral Kingdom which is home to 750 species of fynbos, 107 species of birds, 21 mammals and 21 reptiles.
Grootbos Nature Reserve is a great place for horseriding and the instructors cater for riders of all levels. Experience the fynbos and beach riding excursions to the Walker Bay Nature Reserve where riders can enjoy galloping or gentle cantering next to the gentle waves.
Beaches and caves
Enjoy long walks along the remote stretch of coastline and explore the ancient Kilpgat Caves where archaeologists have uncovered evidence of human habitation that dates back some 80 000 years. Enjoy a guided tour and learning the fascinating history of the regions early inhabitants.
A scenic flight is a great activity for all ages. Fly over Walker Bay during the whale season and count as many as 140 whales frolicking beneath you in the ocean. Enjoy the stunning scenery – mountains, rocky shorelines and white sandy beaches.
The experienced guides at Grootbos will share their encyclopaedia like knowledge with you as you explore the fauna of the Southern Cape, Overberg and Hermanus areas. 30% of the birdlife is endemic to the region and it is not uncommon to see up to 25 different species in an hour.