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Grootbos

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

Highlights

- pristine wilderness lodge
- beautiful views
- superb service & guides
- family friendly

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Overview

Grootbos is a superb wilderness eco-lodge set in pristine fynbos overlooking the Western Cape’s majestic Whale Coast.

Nestled within a 2500 hectare private reserve, Grootbos consists of two lodges containing 27 suites in total; The Forest Lodge boasts sleek modern minimalist design and is adults only (12+), families usually stay in the Garden Lodge, with its sensitively designed modern eco-lodge feel. All rooms boast large glass walls & terraces wrapped around superb views of the reserve.

Whilst comfort and service is second to none, the big draw at Grootbos is the small things. The plants and flowers of the fynbos, the wild coastal and mountain scenery and, of course, the passionate wildlife guides who more than anything, make this place special. From June to November, this is a prime southern right whale watching location, but it is well worth a visit any time of the year.

The drawback of course, is that it is an expensive option. However, do bear in mind that all meals and most activities are included in that rate. And given the quality of service and guiding (which puts many far more expensive safari lodges to shame), we think this is one of those occasions where you won’t regret paying for quality.

Meals are included and are inventive and generous, served from an a la carte / set menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner. You’ll want to stay at least three nights to be able to cover all the bases at breakfast, whilst the five course evening meal is always something to look forward to.

Horse riding, guided walks, 4WD tours on the reserve and visits to the Coast are all included in the standard rates. Horse riding is suitable for beginners and riders of all abilities.

For Families: Grootbos proudly bears the title of ‘best family hotel in the world’ from Tatler Travel Guide and it is easy to see why. Children and adults will love the wild sandy beaches, horse rides and infectiously enthusiastic guides. From the moment we arrived, the 6 year old received a level of service that I rarely receive as an adult. Yes there is an inviting children’s games room, lots of hot chocolates, fruit cocktails and guided activities specifically for the children, but it is the small touches that make it all work. From the junior sized shower to the incredibly well groomed ponies and the fact that the moment your children’s thumbs even begin to twiddle a member of staff is on hand to entertain them. Importantly, all this is in addition to the many opportunities to stick together as a family and enjoy a guided beach walk or fynbos tour.

Families are usually accommodated in the Garden Lodge (the more minimalist Forest Lodge is 12+ only). Families of four with two younger children will fit into the one bedroom suites in the Garden Lodge. Larger families can sleep in the two bedroom luxury suites in the Garden Lodge

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What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 500 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • Hi Lisa,

    The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.

    Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)

    Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019

  • We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
    We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
    Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
    Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
    Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
    Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
    Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
    Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
    Level of service, quality of food throughout

    MissingCatherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019

  • We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!

    The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).

    A few points:
    Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.

    Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
    They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.

    Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!

    The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!

    MissingKatrina P reviewing Value KZN Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019

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