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Grootbos
Hermanus

Authentic African warmth is found at this collection of luxury lodges nestled in the heart of a private nature reserve. Artfully designed within ancient Milkwood forests and overlooking the whale-watching havens of Walker Bay and Hermanus, Grootbos is an idyllic choice and an eco-paradise.

The lodges, 27 suites and exclusive villa combine contemporary design with traditional craftsmanship. From thatched roof of Garden Lodge to the canopy beds and the private decks with panoramic views, Grootbos ticks all boxes. The villa, housing 12 adults, comes complete with a private butler and chef and even a guide – perfect for a memorable house party.

There is a wealth of activities to explore. A morning horse-back ride is highly recommended (children will love the stables) and the nature walks are filled with magical tales woven by the guides. Do ask for the homemade honey at breakfast and look out for the Erica Irregularus flowers that only grow in this part of the world. In season, they wash the entire reserve with a pink hue. An unforgettable experience all round.

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