It is very rare that one finds a place that takes your breath away, but Grootbos Private Nature Reserve in Gansbaai, South Africa is certainly one of those places. Combining luxurious five-star accommodations with the most amazing nature reserve, Grootbos is a little piece of paradise that no one visiting South Africa should miss.
Our own experience at Grootbos was indeed a pleasant one, and after speaking to the owner who is most passionate about his magnificent eco-friendly reserve, it is easy to see why more and more foreign tourists are flocking south to see it for themselves.
When you arrive at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve the first thing you notice is the friendliness of the team who are there to make your visit as relaxed and enjoyable as possible. After receiving a glass of bubbly, you are given the option to review the activities itinerary before heading for lunch, the first of many delicious meals in the beautifully decorated restaurant overlooking Walker’s Bay.
The Grootbos activities list is a long one, and whether you are looking for horse riding along the beach, a flower safari or shark diving with great whites, they cater for your every need. For those who wish to relax you can simply head to the pool or take a walk through the stunning reserve to discover some of the 756 species of Fynbos growing amongst the Milkwood trees.
The accommodation at Grootbos really is five-star, the rooms are beautifully decorated and the views amazing, but it is the little things that really stand out. When I say ‘little things’ I refer to the luxurious selection of toiletries, the fresh fruit basket, an open fire lit by the team as you enjoy dinner, and a range of other things that one might not notice straight away, but when you do it just makes the place even more special.
A story of determination, hard work and giving back to the community is what made Grootbos Private Nature Reserve what it is today, and if you are looking for a step into nature, we can highly recommend you step in this direction.