ECO GREEN LODGES IN SOUTH AFRICA
Grootbos Forest Lodge, South Africa
Grootbos Forest Lodge reflects the natural beauty of the surrounding landscape with 16 freestanding luxury suites in a contemporary design sensitively nestled in the ancient Milkwood forest. Access is via an enchanted cobbled pathway beneath the forest canopy. Each suite is stylishly furnished with cosy fireplaces, luxurious canopy beds and spacious bathrooms. Large glass doors bring nature indoors and open out onto spacious wooden decks perched above the forest canopy. And sweeping panoramic views of mountain and sea beyond complete the perfect romantic setting.
Every feature of the Grootbos experience has been fine- tuned to allow your very own personal discovery of the reserve’s unique and wonderous natural environment. Explore the reserve and its magnificent surrounds by foot, on horseback or in open vehicle, with or without a guide ( having an expert botanical guide on a walk or drive through the reserve is well worth it )….view the majestic Southern Right whales, walk wild beaches and picnic under open blue skies.
A highlight offered by Grootbos is the Social Responsibility Tour whereby one can learn about the various successful projects Grootbos is involved in and meet the children and course participants in the plant nursery, organic gardens or sports center. Buying and planting your own tree to support the Future Trees project is a wonderful way to end your stay and give back to nature in a meaningful way.
OUR RATING: Luxury
PRICE FROM: R2950 per person
FAMILY FRIENDLY: Children over 12 years welcome
SIZE: 32 guests
HEALTH: Non malaria zone
WHY GO: To have the experience of staying in an ancient forest, exploring the Cape’s flora and fauna and the added bonus of viewing the magnificent Southern Right whales during their migration ( June- November )
HOW GROOTBOS IS SHINING A GREEN LIGHT FOR
NATURE: Grootbos is conserving the unique natural environment of the Walker Bay region which includes an ancient Milkwood Forest and 2500 hectares of pristine Cape flora. The reserve contains 765 plant species, 100 of which are endangered and 6 of which are completely new to science! Guests are encouraged to donate and participate in the Future Trees project which is helping to reforest the borders of the Milkwood forest
ANIMALS: Through the conservation of the forest and surrounding fynbos the biodiversity is preserved for the various animals, insects, reptiles and birds dependant on these very unique habitats.
PEOPLE: The Grootbos Foundation supports the social upliftment of its neighbouring communities in Gansbaai through 3 innovative projects: Green Futures provides an annual horticultural training course for 12 unemployed young adults. The participants are actively involved in the sapling nursery which provides trees for the Future Trees project. Growing the Future supports the training of 8 women annually in organic food production and practical business skills as their fresh produce, honey, pork and herbs are sold back to the chef’s kitchen at Grootbos. The inspiring Youth Development project uses sport as a vehicle to reach over 600 children and adults in the local surrounding community teaching key environmental, health and life skills.