Beautiful, stylish and spacious


Facilities & services

  • 16 suites
  • Restaurant & Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Gallery
  • Bar
  • WiFi, TVs, A/C, Fireplaces


  • Flower safaris
  • Beach walks
  • Archaeological excursions to the Klipgat Caves
  • Horse riding on the beach or in the reserve
  • Nautical safaris to see the Marine Big 5 (whale, dolphin, shark, seal and penguin)
  • Birding tours
  • Wine tours

The Forest Lodge is a fine piece of sophisticated contemporary design, reflecting the breath taking natural beauty of the Grootbos Private Reserve’s landscape. Part of what makes Grootbos extra special is the property’s commitment to making a positive impact through various projects.

The clean lines, high ceilings and large windows frame and accentuate the incredible sweeping views across the rolling hills of fynbos and the whale sanctuary of Walker Bay beyond – on a clear day, it’s possible to see all the way to Cape Point. Orientated towards the setting sun, every evening offers another grand spectacle of light and colour.

The 16 freestanding luxury suites are accessed via an enchanted cobbled pathway beneath the ancient forest canopy. Each are stylishly furnished with luxurious canopy beds, spacious en suite bathrooms, separate lounges with cozy fireplaces and private wooden decks with spectacular panoramic views.

The main lodge features a variety of elegant dining venues, a bar, lounge, curio shop and conference centre. Spacious wooden decks and an infinity pool beckon you to relax, unwind and enjoy the soothing tranquility. As the evening descends, open fires and subtle lighting create a warm, romantic atmosphere for the perfect dining experience.

Positive Impact


What was once dilapidated farmland has been completely transformed into a melting pot of luxury accommodation, responsible tourism and biodiversity. In 1999 Grootbos was instrumental in establishing the 308,000-acre Walker Bay Fynbos Conservancy, encouraging other local landowners to clear alien species and document any plants that are a conservation concern. The not-for-profit Grootbos Foundation leads community outreach and education programs. Siyakhula (meaning ‘growing the future’) is an organic farm at Grootbos which provides skills and income for women from local townships, Green Futures offers accessible courses in horticulture, hospitality and guiding and the Football Foundation runs daily sports training for about 7,000 young people every year.

The Long Run

The Long Run is a membership organisation of nature-based tourism businesses committed to driving sustainability. Here at Jacada, we’ve signed The Long Run Charter – a document that advocates for a 4Cs approach to sustainability. By focusing on our impacts across the different areas of Conservation, Community, Culture and Commerce, we hope to make a positive impact across the globe with our trips. The Long Run’s Global Ecosphere Retreats are hotels and lodgings which are centres of excellence in sustainability, and Fellow Members are properties committed to achieving the highest standards in sustainability by positively impacting the conservation of nature and improving the wellbeing of local communities. At Jacada, we’re working with a number of these properties to help increase the positive impact we’re striving to create through travel. Find out more about The Long Run here.

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