Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, near the seaside towns of Hermanus and Gansbaai in the Western Cape of South Africa, features three lodges and the most incredible sea-bound wildlife on the planet. Grootbos is perched above Walker Bay, which is a hotbed for sea creatures big and small.
Some call it the 'Marine Big Five': African penguin, Cape fur seal, bottlenose and humpback dolphins, great white shark and southern right whale.
Journey by boat out to Dyer Island and Shark Alley for a 90% view rate of the great white shark—South Africa plays host to an estimated 2,000 of the world's approximately 5,000 great whites in existence today.
Between May and December, southern right whales flood Walker Bay to mate and give birth to their calves. This area offers arguably the best land-based whale watching in the world!
And throughout the year, dolphins, seals and penguins can be seen at various points either by boat or on the coast.
Grootbos has a family-style lodge (Garden Lodge) and the slightly more modern Forest Lodge, as well as a private villa that sleeps up to 12 guests on an exclusive basis.
Click here to read more about Grootbos, its wildlife and its accommodations.
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Image viewing Walker Bay from a Luxury Suite
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