Safari in Style
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Grootbos Private Nature Reserve Gansbaai, South Africa

SOUTH AFRICA

Officially the Republic of South Africa, is a country situated at the southern tip of Africa, with a landmass of 1 233 404 km² edged on 3 sides by a nearly 3000 km coastline washed  by the Indian Ocean and the Atlantic. It is bordered to the north by Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique, and wrapped around two independent countries, the Lesotho and Swaziland. South Africa has 3 capitals: Cape Town (Legislative), Pretoria (Administrative) and Bloemfontein (Judicial). South Africans come from a wide variety of backgrounds, belief systems and walks of life but remain united in their differences. South Africa is a country that combines luxury and adventure.

GANSBAAI

Gansbaai (Afrikaans: “bay of geese,” sometimes referred to as Gans Bay) is a fishing town and popular tourist destination in the Overberg District Municipality, Western Cape, South Africa. It is known for its dense population of Great White Sharks and as a whale-watching location. GROOTBOS is perfectly situated between the classic attractions of the Cape and is most certainly a highlight on any itinerary. Nestled between mountain and sea, the 2500 hectare Grootbos Private Nature Reserve is a five-star eco-paradise showcasing the  incredible Flora and Marine life of  the Southern Tip of Africa. Home of the “Marine Big 5” – whales, sharks, dolphins, seals and penguins; and with unparalleled floral diversity.

Location

Grootbos is a scenic 2 hour drive from Capetown and just 30 minutes from Hermanus

Country

South Africa

Region

Africa

Nearest City

Hermanus

By Air

Fly to Cape Town International Airportor Hermanus

By Road

2-hour drive from Cape Town / 30 minutes fromHermanus

Recommended stay

4-5 nights

Recommended add-ons

Cape Town

Best time to visit

South Africa’s winter months (June, July, August) – which have the least rainfall, are a peak time for game viewing as a shortage of water means animals gather at watering holes. Reduced foliage makes game spotting easier. Summer is the best time to enjoy beautiful beaches and outdoor activities, whereas visiting the wine-lands during winter remains a special treat. Autumn, winter and spring are also ideal time periods to visit the Northern Cape’s wonderful national parks with their black-manned lions,.

The Serengeti of the Sea

Brace yourself for the Marine Big 5: whales, sharks, dolphins, seals and penguins!

Gansbaai is one of the only places in the world that can offer this extensive range of marine wildlife,and Grootbos, situated right on the doorstep of this aquatic wonderland,is perfectly positioned to be your host.

Thar She Blows

Grootbos is ideally positioned and equipped to offer guests arguably the best whale watching tours in the world.Every year from June to December hundreds of Southern Right Whales choose Walker Bay as their home for the mating season.

Experience close encounters with these majestic giants from the low cliffs of Hermanus and De Kelders,aboard our exclusive whale watching boat departing from Gansbaai or by plane flying over the spectacular Walker Bay.

A New Point of View

Take to the sky for a unique perspective of this beautiful coastal region. View mountains, vineyards, shipwrecks, whales and even sharks like never before. Take a classic flight to Cape Point and around Table Mountain or fly over the Southernmost Tip of Africa. Witness  the giants of the deep crashing through the waters of Walker Bay, with mating groups of up to ten whalesand mothers swimming protectively alongside their newborn calves, completely undisturbed and unaware of your presence.ce.

Wines at the End of the Earth

The Southernmost Tip of Africa holds many surprises for the adventurous traveler and the excellent wine being produced here is one of them.

Scattered about on the Agulhas Plain  are new vineyards tended by passionate farmers whose roots are deep in the soil.The  unique indigenous flora and fauna of the Agulhas coastal plains are as important as the soils they cultivate,resulting in the incorporation of the farms into the Nuwejaars Wetland Special Management Area initiative.

The slogan these pioneers adhere to is “real wine by real people” and the experience the traveler will have is a down to earth, warm welcome.

Beach Horse Riding

For experienced horse riders,Grootbos offers a three-hour beach-riding excursion to the Walker Bay Nature Reserve.A spectacular ride with trots and canters through the Fynbos,and a   rejuvenating stroll through the dunes bring you onto the beach where you can enjoy gallops along the water’s edge with waves breaking on a sparkling shore  and whales frolicking in the distance.

Grootbos has artfully laid out its exquisite 5-star accommodation offerings with breathtaking views across the Fynbos plains towards the sparkling whale sanctuary of Walker Bay in the distance. The way of life here is all about nature and conservation – daily activities include horseback riding, guided walks and nature drives, beach expeditions and fishing. The restaurant prides itself on superbly presented fresh food and prices include all meals and activities, and a fresh fruit basket daily. The lodge’s swimming pool is perfect for cooling off and admiring the views.

27 rooms and suites, each beautifully appointed, with en suite bathroom and balcony. Spacious suites in the Garden Lodge make an ideal family choice. Nothing adds luxury to adventure like a stay here does

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