Grootbos Garden Lodge

South Africa’s premier marina and flora destination is set among the fynbos and ancient milkwood trees with breath-taking views of Walker Bay, frequented by hundreds of whales in Season (typically June – November).

Grootbos is home to two Lodges: Garden Lodge’s 11 suites and central areas including pool and on-site stables provide the ideal getaway for families. This lodge was rebuilt and opened its doors in April 2022 showcasing brand new public areas and refreshed bedrooms!

Activities include guided walks, whale watching, trips to the beach and horse rides before returning to your luxurious but cosy suite.

Facilities & Activities

An expansive itinerary of guided excursions are available, by foot, horse and 4WD vehicle amongst the surrounding indigenous ‘fynbos’, ancient Milkwood Forest and breath-taking local coastline.

The best land based whale-watching in the world can be enjoyed from the lodge itself (complete with telescopes in the bar!) or take a boat trip for closer sightings. Boat trips can also be taken to Dyer Island to see Cape Fur seals and African penguins. Please note additional charges apply for boat trips.

An extensive ecological interpretation centre has displays and information on local plant and animal species. There is a sparkling pool with natural rock features and waterfall with stunning views and a spa for massages and beauty treatments is available at an additional charge.

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Guests delight in an excellent 5-course dinner specialising in seafood and local produce and served in the circular restaurant with central fireplace and stunning views over the bay. An extensive menu is offered for breakfast and a Mediterranean-style lunch can also be served out on the terrace.



Suites in both lodges feature a spacious bedroom with en suite bathroom, separate lounge with tea & coffee making facilities, minibar, cosy fireplace and Smart TV for in-room entertainment.
The spacious suites open out onto a private outside deck overlooking Walker Bay. Natural textures and colours bring the harmony of nature into your suite and spacious, finely appointed bathrooms complete the feeling of complete luxury.

The One Bedroom Luxury Suites  are set amongst an Eden of beautifully landscaped fynbos gardens and indigenous trees.

The Two Bedroom Family Suites epitomise luxurious home from home comforts with spacious suites featuring two private en-suite bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms (one with shower and one with bath).

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Children under 12 are welcome at Garden Lodge with lots on offer to keep them entertained!

Visitors are welcome at the on-site stables and animal farm, complete with 18 horses and ponies, 2 rabbits, cats, chickens and often a lamb or two! Children can also help with the daily activities such as grooming and feeding. Pony rides are available in the paddock. Accompanied nature walks, include bird identification and bug collecting can also be enjoyed.

During the School Holidays, dependent on numbers, a supervised children’s programme will operate with activities including sand castle building on the beach, for all those old enough to participate.
There is a children’s toy cupboard available to supplement your own supplies.

Special children’s menus are available as well as refreshments and snacks during activities.

One-Bedroom Classic/ Luxury Suites can accommodate up to 2 children under 10 on a sofa bed (or 1 child over 10) in the sitting room and a baby in a cot.

Two-bedroom Suites with 2 en-suite bathrooms and large sitting room can accommodate up to two children in their own room with extra children accommodated on request.

In-house staff provides baby-sitting services if you fancy enjoying the superb setting in grown-up company only!


Grootbos is a world leader in sustainable tourism and has been awarded the highest international accolades possible, making them one of only a handful of lodges to do so. The Grootbos Foundation was set up in 2003 as a non-profit organisation that would work to conserve the critically endangered fynbos, while also focusing on the training and skills development of the surrounding communities.


Just over 2 hours drive East of Cape Town, en route to the Garden Route, Grootbos is centred in the heart of the Cape’s abundant sea, floral and wildlife landscapes.

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