Grootbos Forest Lodge

Reviews of Grootbos Forest Lodge

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Below are independent comments from 8 of our travellers who have visited Grootbos Forest Lodge, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr&Mrs LS from Oxfordshire
Arrived on: 9-Jan-2020 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Incredible stay at Grootbos Forest Lodge

Well what can we say? This was an amazing experience and wish we had stayed longer.

The breathtaking views of the coastline across Walker Bay from reception was a real WOW factor on arrival. Everything about this place exceeded all expectations. The Lodge was beautifully furnished and equipped, amazing bathroom with fabulous views of the ocean. Lots of space. The staff were all so friendly and hospitable. The food from breakfast to dinner was wonderful as was the wine.

We really only had time for one activity so chose the Reserve Drive with Rouwen who was very experienced and passionate about the fynbos and we were amazed at bow many specimens of flora and fauna were to be found there including some species of plants and insects which were unique to the reserve. He showed us the farm and Community project which helps to educate and motivate young people to go on and do other things to improve their future. We met one of the Etymologists, Gary, who really blew our minds about the number of insects the team had discovered which were unique to the Reserve.

An amazing, relaxing experience which we shall certainly consider doing again - for longer.

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Mr & Mrs M from France
Arrived on: 8-Feb-2019 Stayed for: 3 nights
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A wonderful place. Great position , things to do and wonderful caring staff. Could not be better.

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Mr & Mrs L from Cheshire
Arrived on: 5-Feb-2019 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Location, location, location!

We arrived late evening, in the dark, after a very smooth transfer from Cape Town airport. We were greeted with huge smiles, champagne and such warmth. It is the first time that we have ever arrived at a hotel and been told that 'there was no need to complete the paperwork, its late you must be tired, we can do it in the morning'....very refreshing! We were shown to our beautifully appointed, immaculately clean lodge and slept so well in the sumptuously comfortable bed.

The real shock came the next morning when we opened our blinds and saw the view from our floor to ceiling windows.
The wide sweep of a pristine Walker Bay stretched out in front of us - acres of white sand, soaring cliffs and all with a background of misted mountains - awesome!

Our three nights here were fabulous, nothing was too much trouble - the staff could not have been more welcoming or helpful and went above and beyond to accommodate our every wish. Stefan the manager always seemed to be around - not sure when he slept, but he was exceptional - making all the guests feel so welcome with drinks, chats, advice and information when required. The food and wine here were of a very high standard and always served with a smile. Our only slight negative is that the design of the restaurant needs to incorporate some 'warmth' in it's decor - it felt almost like a cafeteria, though this was only apparent in the evening for dinner. Having said that, on a warm evening the restaurant's outdoor terrace was always an option and is brilliantly positioned to watch the amazing sunsets!

Our stay here was a really wonderful five star experience!





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Mr & Mrs B from Hampshire
Arrived on: 16-Feb-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Mr & Mrs S from Bristol
Arrived on: 13-Mar-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Grootbos

Another wonderful lodge with fantastic views, dining, activities and rooms beyond expectation.

We looked in on the 'garden lodge' on leaving and will have a difficult choice if we return.

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Miss T & Mr H from UK
Arrived on: 14-Dec-2015 Stayed for: 3 nights
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A biosphere of perfection

Just perfect.

Beautiful location, wonderful knowledgable and friendly staff who really make the Lodge come to life, Great range of activities and places to just relax.

The food is fresh,varied and delicious. The rooms all have wonderful views and are so spacious. This was our second visit in two years and the Lodge is growing in strength. It does fantastic work within the community.

We just need to go back in July one year to see the fynbos in all its glory.

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Mr N & Ms S from Zambia
Arrived on: 28-Oct-2015 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Top notch lodge

Grootbos Forest Lodge is one of the best run and most comfortable lodges we have stayed at during our 19 vacations in Africa.

We went there primarily for whale watching and found it to be the most convenient jumping off point for boats going out from Gansbaii, with transport arrangements to and from smoothly run by the lodge itself. For those who may not fancy the boat, the lodge ensures plenty of opportunities for excellent whale watching from the cliffs just ten minutes or so drive away.

We also greatly enjoyed and learned much from other activities - the fynbos drive and bird, cave and beach walks. Furthermore, the 90 minutes or so we spent finding out about the work of the Grootbos Foundation with the excellent Chunami (who guided us well on other activities too) was fascinating.

We were equally impressed with the dining - and the wine list. And the quality of service indoors was the equal of that which goes with the outdoor activities.

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Mr S from Kilworth
Arrived on: 9-Jan-2015 Stayed for: 5 nights
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Grootbos Forest Lodge

We can't speak highly enough of Grootbos - very much in line with our previous visits.

The model is for a luxury tourism experience exploring the Fynbos ecosystem but it's owned and managed by a Foundation that also puts money and effort into supporting local communities with education, sports facilities, farm etc and you can go and see these. We see this as a model for others to follow and coupled with excellent friendly and attentive service and great accommodation with views, made it perfect for us.

We also bumped into contacts from previous visits to Southern Africa and caught up with news from northern SA, Namibia, Botswana etc.

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