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Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

Posted by on Dec 22, 2012


Location : South Africa

Rates : $ 440 and above

Accommodation : Lodges and villas

Amenities : Internet, DSTV, telephone, tea/coffee makers, pool, mini bar, restaurant, under-floor heaters, outdoor showers,  shop, telescopes and binoculars, conference room, fruit basket, buffet breakfasts etc.

Grootbos Nature Reserve is an Eco-resort which is located in the heart of Cape Town’s abundant wildlife and landscapes. It is two hours drive from Cape Town. The literal meaning of Grootbos is “large forest”. It is named after white milk-woods which are widely found in this area and form an extensive part of the forest in this reserve. This forest houses some unusual flora and fauna and is the largest of its kind. It is a home to trees which are more than hundred years old. According to some of the reviews, Grootbos Nature Reserve is counted among world’s six “floral kingdoms”. This eco-resort has diverse varieties of fynbos vegetation, more than 715 species of plant which flower all around the year. If you are a serious bird-watcher, you are likely to spot more than 100 species of bird and many other animals as well.  There are in-house ornithologist, botanist, marine biologist and horticulturist who help tourists in enhancing knowledge about different features of this reserve.

The accommodations and  daily activities in this resort attract lots of nature lovers across the world. The entire property is divided into 2 all-suite accommodations- Forest and Garden and an exclusive villa. Each group includes a restaurant, swimming pool, lounging area with binoculars and telescope and laundry service. Forest Lodge is a fine amalgamation of modern architecture and the beauty of nature. The luxury lodge and sixteen suites are set in the Hermanus area. This lodge is more sophisticated and has large windows, warm colors and rich textures. The Forest Lodge is perfect for honeymooners and nature enthusiasts. It has suites with under-floor heating, outdoor showers, telephone, Internet, DSTV. It does not alloq children belwo the age 12. All the suites have mini bar, tea/coffee facilities and three course dinners are served in a circular restaurant. The reaturant specializes in seafood. It has large buffet breakfasts. Large swimming pool set within  natural rocks, indigenous plants, Gift shop stuffed with local handicrafts and research centre are among other amenities which are provided in this resort.

The main lodge has a restaurant, conference hall and gallery.  Each area is decked up tastefully and offers  spectacular views of the flora, dunes and ocean.  Guests are provided with fresh fruit baskets everyday, under floor heating and heated towel rails which add to the luxurious experience during their stay.

The Garden Lodge has exquisite gardens, charming ponds and meandering walkways. It is more traditional having homely atmosphere which is perfect for families with children of all ages. All the suites have telephone and DSTV.

The rates at Grootbos include most of the activities and not just lodging. There is something for everyone at this resort such as flower safaris which go through the nature reserve, horseback riding and spa activities. For adventurers they have shark cage diving tool while those who are looking for a stay in a boat, can hang out in Marine Big 5.

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Tel. no. : +27 28 384 8000