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Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

R43, Gansbaai, 7220

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 saw. In 1994 Michael sold his business interests in Cape Town and decided to develop a bed and breakfast on the site 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.

We go beyond simply conserving this pristine wilderness we call home. We’re constantly researching, innovating and pioneering new ways of doing things, and winning many eco-tourism awards along the way.

Our reserve offers you the chance to immerse yourself in the unique fynbos kingdom and ancient forest of Grootbos, featuring 800 plant species, 118 bird species, 29 mammals and 21 amphibians – some of which are under threat of extinction.

One-of-a-kind experiences

Our carefully curated experiences offer you the chance to grow, learn and discover. Whether it's spotting whales and their calves in the ocean, learning how bees pollinate flowers or meeting passionate people changing the world, you'll have your eyes opened - as well as your heart.

An organic way of life

The freshest air, the cleanest water and the clearest views: a stay at Grootbos is a glimpse into a truly organic life. Much of the food we serve is grown right here on our reserve and you can taste this in every mouthful.

Ultimate relaxation

Soak up the sun, enjoy the fragrant smell of fynbos in the air and let our beautiful surroundings do its magic. There is an abundance of pleasure here to soothe your body and mind.

Our Accommodation

Meander through an ancient Milkwood forest, soak up the beauty of the fynbos or admire dramatic mountain and sea views as you wind your way towards your private suite. All of our accommodation at Grootbos has been designed to complement our pristine natural setting, while never compromising on style or luxury.

Garden Lodge

With its heavy wooden beams and homely feel, the Garden Lodge reception area, pool and restaurant is a relaxing setting for those who enjoy a traditional aesthetic. Your breath will be taken by the magnificent view of Walker Bay at its front door.


  • Lush landscaped gardens you’ll love exploring

  • Nestled within a mystical Milkwood forest

  • Located above the coastline with panoramic ocean views

  • 11 luxury, one and two-bedroom, free-standing suites

  • Restaurant, lounge, barista bar and boma

  • Beauty salon and library

  • A swimming pool overlooking the ocean and landscape

Forest Lodge

The contemporary design and décor of Forest Lodge could place it in any of the top cities in the world. But nowhere else would you be able to enjoy one of the world’s most biodiverse landscapes, the changing colours in the southern sky and the occasional little buck that comes feeding nearby.


  • The ultimate romantic getaway, offering peace and privacy

  • Magical walkways lead through an enchanted Milkwood forest

  • Set high on a hill, with 180-degree views of the fynbos and ocean

  • 16 luxurious free-standing suites with cosy fireplaces

  • Restaurant, lounge, barista bar and boma

  • Beauty salon and library

  • An infinity swimming pool with spectacular ocean views

Private Villas

Our two private villas are the last word in secluded luxury, offering unforgettable experiences to our discerning guests. With intuitive service provided by your own private chef, butler and nature guides, your every need will be met in a home-away-from-home environment of unsurpassed quality.


  • Secluded and private, surrounded by pristine natural beauty

  • Your own swimming pool, office, cinema room, wine cellar and fully equipped gym

  • Exclusive service that will see to your every need

  • Panoramic views at every turn add to the feeling of tranquillity

  • A landing strip is available to all guests arriving in helicopters and small planes

Contact Us

T: +27 (0)28 384 8008


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