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FAST FACTS
LOCATIONGaansbaai, close to Hermanus, Western CapePOOLForest Lodge - Pool at main lodge & two suites have private plunge pools
Garden Lodge - Pool at main lodge
Private villas - Private Pools
BIG 5 GAME RESERVENoSPAYes at all lodges
OFF ROADNoAIRCONYes
CAMP FENCEDNoCELLPHONE SIGNAL & WI-FIYes
CHILD POLICYChildren of all ages welcome at the Garden Lodge

Only children from 12 years allowed at Forest Lodge & at the Luxury Villas
MALARIA AREANo


UNIQUE SELLING POINTS
  • Grootbos Private Nature Reserve is a luxury eco-reserve in the Western Cape located close to Hermanus on the Southern tip of Africa tucked inbetween mountains, forest and the Ocean.
  • Stroll through an ancient Milkwood forest, soak up the beauty of the fynbos or admire dramatic mountain and sea views whilst making your way towards your private suite. Each of the accommodation offerings at Grootbos has been designed to complement the pristine natural setting, while never compromising on style or luxury.
  • During the Secret Season at Grootbos (May, June & July) nature comes together in an orchestra of natural and special wonders. The skies are decorated with bursts of sunset hues and flashes of brightly coloured plumage, the fields are adorned with the vibrant colours of blooming fynbos, the air is filled with the buzzing of bees and birdsong, and the deep blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean come alive with The Marine Big 5




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DATE ROOM TYPE RATES RULES
01 June - 15 July 2019 Forest Lodge - One Bedroom Luxury Suite R 5,740 per person per night sharing Normal Rate for Advance bookings - please contact us for special discounted rates
Garden Lodge - One Bedroom Luxury Suite R 5,740 per person per night sharing Normal Rate for Advance bookings - please contact us for special discounted rates
Garden Lodge - Two Bedroom Family Suite R 17,220 per suite per night (based on 2 adults and max 3 children / teens sharing) Normal Rate for Advance bookings - please contact us for special discounted rates
Garden Lodge - Two Bedroom Luxury Family Suite R 20,090 per suite per night (based on 2 adults and max 3 children / teens sharing) Normal Rate for Advance bookings - please contact us for special discounted rates
16 July - 15 December 2019
11 January - 30 April 2020
Forest Lodge - One Bedroom Luxury Suite R 7,900 per person per night sharing Normal Rate for Advance bookings - please contact us for special discounted rates
Garden Lodge - One Bedroom Luxury Suite R 7,900 per person per night sharing Normal Rate for Advance bookings - please contact us for special discounted rates
Garden Lodge - Two Bedroom Family Suite R 23,700 per suite per night (based on 2 adults and max 3 children / teens sharing) Normal Rate for Advance bookings - please contact us for special discounted rates
Garden Lodge - Two Bedroom Luxury Family Suite R 27,650 per suite per night (based on 2 adults and max 3 children / teens sharing) Normal Rate for Advance bookings - please contact us for special discounted rates
3 NIGHT SECRET SEASON WINTER SPECIAL OFFER AT GROOTBOS!
From R 3,500 per person per night sharing in a one-bedroom Luxury Suite at Forest / Garden Lodge 
From R 12,250 per two bedroom family suite per night at Garden Lodge (2 adults and max 3 children / teens sharing)
- valid for travel from 01 June to 15 July 2019
- long stay special offer based on 3 night stay only, available on a request basis and subject to availability
- includes accommodation, water, soft drinks, tea, coffee, minibar, fresh fruit daily in suite, light lunch, 5-course dinner, full english breakfast , horse riding, guided walks, nature, marine & coastal drives, combined with seasonal land-based whale watching.
 
Extra special discounted rates and special offers are available on request. Please contact us on 0861 00 44 55 (South Africa) / +2711 468 3476 (International) or email info@bushbreaks.co.za for a quote. 

Please contact us for special rates valid for travel over Peak Period between 16 December 2019 to 10 January 2020.

* surcharges on all special rates and a minimum 3 night stay may apply over peak holiday periods & long weekends.
 

PRIVATE VILLAS AT GROOTBOS
VILLA AT GROOTBOS (6 Bedrooms - max 12 guests)

A private villa at Grootbos featuring 2 Master-Suites with en-suite bathroom (bath, shower and outside shower), 3 Luxury Bedrooms with en-suite bathroom (bath and shower), 1 Luxury Bedroom with en-suite bathroom (shower only), 2 Lounges with satellite TV, 1 fully equipped kitchen with storeroom and scullery, Dining Room, Breakfast area, 2 outside BBQ/Braai areas, inside BBQ area, Outside pool, Media Room with big screen and projector, fully equipped office with internet access and telephone, Gym, Wine Cellar, Large outside decks, own landing strip suitable for helicopters and small planes.

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VILLA 2 AT GROOTBOS (4 Bedrooms - max 8 guests)

A private villa at Grootbos featuring 1 Master-Suite with en-suite bathroom (bath and shower), 2 Luxury Bedrooms with en-suite bathroom (bath and shower), 1 Luxury Bedroom with en-suite bathroom (shower only), Lounge with satellite TV, fully equipped kitchen with storeroom and scullery, Dining Room, Outside BBQ/Braai area, Outside pool, Gym, Wine Cellar, Sauna & Relaxation Room, Large outside private decks, landing strip suitable for helicopters and small planes.

Grootbos Villa & Villa 2 Rates include:
• Luxury Accommodation
• Breakfast buffet with full English breakfast menu
• Light Lunch
• 5-course dinner or South African Braai
• All drinks including spirits, liqueurs and soft drinks (excluding French champagne and premium wines)
• Private guide & vehicle for the duration of the stay
• Private chef for the duration of the stay (available for breakfasts, lunches and dinners)
• Laundry and valet service
• Horse Riding
• Guided Walks including fynbos nature tours and Milkwood walks
• Nature, marine & coastal drives including the Walker Bay Nature Reserve, De Kelders cliff walk, Klipgat Cave combined with seasonal land-based whale watching
• Self-guided walks (maps of the area provided)
• Day trip to Cape Agulhas, the most southern tip of Africa
• Shopping Excursions to Hermanus
• Wine tasting at a wine estate

Rates for the Private Villas start from R 86,850 per villa per night based on 1 - 4 guests sharing, valid until 30 April 2020. Please contact us for a detailed quote on 0861 00 44 55 / +2711 468 3476 or email info@bushbreaks.co.za
RATES INCLUDE
• Accommodation
• Welcome drink served upon arrival
• Water, soft drinks, tea and coffee, minibar
• Fresh fruit daily in suite
• Breakfast buffet with full English breakfast menu
• Light lunch
• 5-course dinner
• Horse riding for non-and experienced riders through the reserve (please note weight limit for horse riding is is 90kg/198lbs per person / children under the age of 12 are only allowed on guided pony rides)
• Guided Walks including Fynbos nature tours and Milkwood walks
• Nature, marine & coastal drives and walks including the Walker Bay Nature Reserve, De Kelders cliff walk, Klipgat Cave combined with seasonal land-based whale watching (whale watching especially during July – December)
• Bird-watching; experience a great variety of bird species on the reserve
• Self-Guided Walks (maps provided)
• Transfers to/from all activities
SINGLE ACCOMMODATION
• Please request a special discounted rate for single accommodation from your BushBreaks consultant
CHILD POLICY
• Children of all ages welcome at The Garden Lodge:
- Maximum 2 children (younger than 10 years) on sleeper couch in lounge.
- Children aged 0 to 4 years will be accommodated free of charge.
- Children / teens aged 4 to 16 years will be charged at a discounted rate when sharing with 2 adults on a sleeper couch in lounge - please contact us for a special rate.
- Children of all ages staying in their own bedroom pay full adult rates.

• No children under the age of 12 years allowed at Forest Lodge & the Luxury Villas
• At Forest Lodge children/teens aged 12 to 16 years will be charged at a discounted rate when sharing with 2 adults on a sleeper couch in lounge - please contact us for a special rate.
ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
• Guided walks and 4x4 drives through the reserve
• 1-2 hour guided walks through the extensive Milkwood Forest.
• 1-2 hour guided horse rides through the reserve
• Guided excursions to the Klipgat Cave, one of the most important archaeological sites
• in South Africa (ten minutes from Grootbos)
• Guided trip along the nearby coast to view the whales (June/July to December)
• Guided walks along the rocky coast, exploring the marine life in the pools
• Opportunities to explore sandy beaches, swim in sheltered bays and picnic on the beach
• Bird-watching; experience a great variety of bird species on the reserve
• Boat-trips to Dyer Island to watch about 60.000 Cape Fur Seals, penguins, seabirds, the Great White Shark, dolphins and the Southern Right Whales (June to December).
• Shark cage diving.
• Scenic Flights
• Beach Horse Riding
• Quad Biking.
• Fynbos Discoveries – Erica Irregularis
• Cave Tours & Mussel Foraging
• Marine Safaris
• Honey Harvesting
• Bird Watching
• Gardens at Grootbos
• Mountain Biking
• Food & Wine Experience
• Lady Stanford River Cruise


IMPORTANT NOTES
• Unless otherwise stated, all rates listed are based on a minimum 2 night stay. Surcharges may apply for a 1 night booking.
• Rates exclude a Conservation Levy of R 100.00 per adult per night, payable upon booking and subject to change.
• Rates quoted above are valid for SA Residents only. Special discounted rates for International Residents are available on request.



INFORMATION
GETTING THERE
50 km East of Hermanus (30 - 40 minute drive)
2 hours drive from Cape Town

ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS AT GROOTBOS:

Garden Lodge
  • 11 x Luxury Suites comprising of:
  • 4 x two-bedroom Family Suites 
  • 7 x one-bedroom Luxury Suites
Forest Lodge 
  • 16 x one-bedroom Luxury Suites
Villa at Grootbos
  • 2 x Master-Suites with en-suite bathroom (bath & shower)
  • 3 x Luxury Bedrooms with en-suite bathroom (bath & shower)
  • 1 x Luxury Bedroom with en-suite bathroom (shower only)

Villa 2 at Grootbos
  • 1 x Master-Suite with en-suite bathroom (bath & shower)
  • 2 x Luxury Bedrooms with en-suite bathroom (bath & shower)
  • 1 x Luxury Bedroom with en-suite bathroom (shower only)

ABOUT GROOTBOS PRIVATE NATURE RESERVE

It was in 1991 that the Lutzeyer family first set eyes on a small farm on the fynbos slopes overlooking Walker Bay and they couldn’t believe the beauty they had seen. In 1994 Michael Lutzeyer sold his business interests in Cape Town and decided to develop a bed and breakfast for local visitors, not knowing that soon he would be attracting visitors from across the globe. Since then, through a combination of hard work, enthusiasm, vision and strong family cooperation, the Lutzeyers have turned the reserve into a world leader in progressive luxury tourism, transforming the lives of community members and preserving 2500 hectares of botanical and wildlife treasures.
 
With breathtaking panoramic views of mountain and sea, the Grootbos Private Nature Reserve is a luxurious pristine paradise which show cases the splendour of the Cape Floral Kingdom and the incredible marine life of the southern tip of Africa. The reserve is situated 2 hours from Cape Town, and is the perfect base to discover all the magnificent attractions of the Cape, offering an extensive variety of guided experiences and luxurious facilities. Tucked away in an ancient Milkwood forest surrounded by rolling hills of fynbos and majestic mountains, the accommodation options at Grootbos offer a complete immersion into the pristine natural surroundings within the comfort and luxury.
Grootbos is home to two exclusive sanctuaries, Garden Lodge & Forest Lodge as well as two exclusive Villas. 

GARDEN LODGE 
Staying true to its name, Garden Lodge has a warm and welcoming feel and is set amongst an Eden of beautifully landscaped fynbos gardens and indigenous trees. This lodge was Fashioned from stone, thatch and timber, reflecting an African warmth with an intercontinental twist, blending perfectly into the surrounding landscape.
This lodge is perfect for families as it accepts children of all ages and presents a homely atmosphere through tranquil gardens, charming ponds and meandering walkways. 

The One Bedroom-Luxury Suites 
This suite is a spacious bedroom with en-suite bathroom, separate lounge with tea & coffee making facilities, minibar, cosy fireplace and a DVD player for in-room entertainment. These suites open out onto a private outside deck overlooking the Walker Bay. Other facilities include a separate bath, shower and toilet, satellite TV and secure room safe. 

Two-Bedroom Luxury Family Suite
The Two-Bedroom Suites boast luxurious home-from-home comforts and are ideal for families or friends travelling together. These suites feature two private en-suite bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms (one with a shower and one with a bath) along with a separate lounge and dining area equipped with tea & coffee making facilities, minibar, cosy fireplace as well as a DVD player. The spacious suites open out onto a private outside deck overlooking the Walker Bay.

Garden Lodge Facilities 
  • Bar
  • Barbeque Facilities
  • Battery Charging Facilities
  • Internet Access (Complimentary)
  • Laundry Service (Available)
  • Library
  • Mobile Connectivity
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Spa
FOREST LODGE
Forest Lodge at Grootbos is a perfect marriage between sophistication and contemporary design which reflects the breathtaking natural beauty of the surrounding landscape. With clean lines, high ceilings and large windows which frame and accentuate the incredible sweeping views across the rolling hills of fynbos and the whale sanctuary of Walker Bay. On a clear day, it’s possible to see all the way to Cape Point! 
 
The main lodge features a variety of elegant dining venues, a bar, lounge, curio shop and conference centre. Spacious wooden decks and an infinity pool for ultra relaxation. As the evening descends, cosy fireplaces and subtle lighting create a warm, romantic atmosphere for the perfect dining experience.

One-Bedroom Luxury Suites
Each of these suites features a spacious bedroom with en-suite bathroom including double washbasins, double shower and bath. Guests can utilise a separate lounge area equipped with tea & coffee making facility and a separate bathroom, minibar, cosy fireplace, flatscreen TV and DVD player for in-room entertainment. The spacious suites open out onto a private deck with outside showers overlooking Walker Bay. Two of the Suites have a private plunge pool on the deck.
 
Forest Lodge facilities
  • Bar
  • Communal Dining
  • Conference Centre
  • Internet Access 
  • Laundry Service 
  • Mobile Connectivity
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Spa

THE VILLA'S AT GROOTBOS

VILLA 1 - 6 Bedroom Villa 
If one is looking for an entirely exclusive experience, look no further than this luxurious villa. Set apart from the rest of the estate there is a 6-Bedroom Villa which provides guests with 1000 square metres in which to unwind, indulge and connect. The design of every room is both gracious, yet thoughtful, whilst still delivering intuitive service. 

Features:
  • 2 Master-Suites with en-suite bathroom (bath, shower and outside shower)
  • 3 Luxury Bedrooms with en-suite bathroom (bath and shower)
  • 1 Luxury Bedroom with en-suite bathroom (shower only)
  • 2 Lounges with satellite TV
  • 1 fully equipped kitchen with storeroom and scullery
  • Dining Room
  • Breakfast area
  • 2 outside BBQ areas, 1 inside BBQ area
  • Outside pool
  • 1 Media Room with big screen and projector
  • 1 fully equipped office with internet access and telephone
  • 1 Gym
  • Wine Cellar
  • Large outside decks
  • Own landing strip suitable for helicopters and small planes

VILLA 2 - 4 Bedroom Villa
The 4 Bedroom Villa at Grootbos provides guests with 800 square metres in which to unwind, indulge and connect. 
Each and every room in this Villa offers something special, whether it’s an ocean vista that leaving one feeling serene, or a dining room table you simply won’t want to leave.

Features: 
  • 1 Master-Suite with en-suite bathroom (bath and shower)
  • 2 Luxury Bedrooms with en-suite bathroom (bath and shower)
  • 1 Luxury Bedroom with en-suite bathroom (shower only)
  • 1 Lounge with satellite TV
  • 1 fully equipped kitchen with storeroom and scullery
  • Dining Room
  • Outside BBQ area
  • Outside pool
  • 1 Gym
  • Wine Cellar
  • Large outside decks
  • Own landing strip suitable for helicopters and small planes

EXPERIENCES AT GROOTBOS PRIVATE NATURE RESERVE
Grootbos offers a collection of curated activities and experiences inspired by their pristine surroundings and has conservation and community at its core.

Botanical 4x4 Tour
Take a 4x4 botanical safari in an open-top Land Rover and soak up the serenity in shaded glades, feel the wind in your hair as you drive past fields of flowers and get perspective looking down from mountain peaks.

Shark Cage Diving
Tick this off your bucket list at Grootbos - this thrilling encounter with one of nature’s most fearsome predators will stay with you for years to come. Venture into an underwater world with a tour company who prides itself on conducting responsible experiences – protecting both these creatures and the environment.

Horse Riding
Explore the landscape of Grootbos on horseback, with a mount handpicked to suit your level and temperament. Horse riding at Grootbos is suitable for anyone, whether you’re a complete novice or a more experienced rider. Go for a relaxed ride through the fynbos or ride one of our special horses that are specifically trained for the beach. 18 horses in the stable on the reserve are well exercised and expertly trained, while all of our guides have years of experience in dealing with these noble animals. (please note weight limit for horse riding is is 90kg/198lbs per person / children under the age of 12 are only allowed on guided pony rides)

Whale Watching
It’s no secret that whale lovers from around the world flock to Walker Bay every year to observe these peaceful giants of the deep. The close proximity you get to these majestic creatures and the pristine natural environment you view them in, is what elevates this experience above the ordinary and makes it the best in the world.

Lady Stanford River Cruises
Soak up the peaceful, countryside days, while quietly cruising down the Klein River from Stanford to the Hermanus Estuary. Spot a flamboyant flock of Flamingos or Blue Swallows riding the airwaves next to the boat. 

Walks and Hikes
The air is fresher here. The views are clearer. Immerse yourself in the essence of Grootbos by walking or hiking along one of our many trails and return to your suite with a clearer mind and more restful soul.

Marine Safari
A safari unlike any other! Visit one of the only places in the world that plays home to such an extensive range of marine wildlife, and witness these fearsome, graceful and comical creatures in their own aquatic wonderland. Grootbos is perfectly positioned on the doorstep of this marine paradise. Learn fascinating facts from guides and biologists, with the emphasis always on conversation. Float alongside curious Southern Right Whales or laugh at comical colonies of African Penguins. Spot an abundance of bird and marine life and soak up exquisite scenery. Seeing the Marine Big 5 in their natural habitat is a sight few have had the privilege to witness. Enjoy close encounters with whales, sharks, dolphins, seals and penguins in all their glory as they feed, frolic and play.

Fat Biking
Explore the Overberg landscapes along trails through the Cape fynbos and into dune moonscapes through to the pristine Walker Bay coastline. This Fat bike adventure is a great experience, strap on your helmet and head out. The experience starts on guided trails through the fynbos. The landscape transitions into the dramatic dune landscapes and finally to the white sands of the Walker Bay coast.

Hive to Home
Explore the secret life inside the hive and see what the buzz is all about. Learn how black and yellow formations set out to collect nectar to create a unique, fynbos honey. Suit up and get ready for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Visit active beehives under the guidance of our experienced beekeeper and learn the important role bees play in our environment and how delicate their ecosystem is.

Beauty Treatments
Beauty Treatments at Grootbos are set amidst the serenity of a Milkwood forest or near lush landscaped gardens, providing sanctuaries where tension is dispelled and stress melts away. Healing hands and natural, locally-sourced products all add to the tranquil experience, ensuring you leave us calmer, stronger and more centred.

Bird Watching
You can tell by the chorus of the birdsong that greets you on arrival at Grootbos, that bird watching here will be out of the ordinary. With 26 species that are endemic to the region, you’re sure to record more than a few rare sightings.

Progressive Tourism Tour
From the very beginning, we’ve always been about much more than luxury travel. Which is why we designed the entire Grootbos experience around a new movement we call Progressive Tourism: and we want the world to share in this vision too. What is progressive tourism? It’s a term we coined to explain a new way of living that is at the heart of the entire Grootbos experience. It’s about every action we take benefitting someone else or having a positive impact on the environment. From the freshly grown tomatoes you eat at lunch, to the recycled candles in your room, to the earrings you buy at the gift shop – we’re constantly seeking out new ways to create sustainable livelihoods for the people who call this unique area home.

Scenic Flights
A scenic flight around this area is an experience of a lifetime. Spot up to 60 whales frolicking in the waves beneath you, see glorious vineyards from up high, glimpse shipwrecks on rugged shorelines and mountain peaks amongst the clouds.

Southern Tip of Africa Tour
Visit the southernmost tip of Africa - our continent for a day filled with vivid storytelling, extensive natural beauty and a host of unusual experiences.

Coastal Safari
Time stops on our beaches. Whether you’re sinking your feet into untouched white sand on a solitary walk, or discovering the origins of early man on our cave tour – you’ll feel closer to the earth as you get to know this exquisite coastline. Pick up a shell while on a guided beach tour. Have the waves to yourself as you take a dip at the water’s edge. Or simply lie back and soak up the sun. A visit to our beaches offers you relaxation, inspiration or solitude, depending on how you choose to spend your time.

Quad Biking
Go adventuring through shaded forests, up craggy mountains and down into scenic valleys, as you see the landscape in a fun-filled and safe way.

 







GETTING THERE


DIRECTIONS
DIRECTIONS FROM CAPE TOWN TO GROOTBOS
 
Take the N2 from Cape Town, past the Airport to Somerset West. Either follow the N2 over Sir Lowry’s Pass turning on to the R43 after the Houhoek Pass, or take the R44 along the coast and turn onto the R43 to Hermanus. Drive through Hermanus, Grootbos is situated 13km past Stanford on the R43.
 
FROM GARDEN ROUTE TO GROOTBOS
 
The N2 brings you west past Swellendam and Riviersonderend. 10km past Riviersonderend turn on to the R326 to Stanford. At Stanford turn left on to the R43. Grootbos is situated 13 km from Stanford on the R43.





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