- 2 luxury lodges in a private nature reserve
- Explore the Milkwood Forest and the coast
- Swimming pool, sundeck and spa
- Seasonal whale watching boat trips
- Witness the floral displays between July and December
- Opportunities for horse riding and kayaking
Open: Grootbos Garden and Forest Lodges are open all year.
Location: The lodge is in Grootbos Private Nature Reserve in the Cape Floral Kingdom between Cape Town and the Garden Route. It is about a 2 hour drive from Cape Town.
Rooms: Garden Lodge: There are 11 suites in total, some with 1 bedroom and others with 2 bedroom, all, air conditioned. Each has a sitting room with TV, DVD player and fireplace, tea and coffee maker, minibar, and a private deck. Both types of suite have 2 bathrooms.
Forest Lodge: There are 10 suites, all with 1 en-suite bedroom plus an additoinal shower room and toilet, a lounge and fireplace, satellite TV, DVD player, minibar, tea coffee maker, and safe. They are air conditioned and have underfloor heating. All have a private deck and the pool suites also feature a plunge pool.
Activities: Guides lead nature walks in the Milkwood Forests and on mountain tracks. Maps can be provided and there are waymarked trails for independent exploring. The best months for observing flowers are July to December. This is a good bird watching location. Horse riding is available for both experienced and novice riders. Whale watching boat rides (seasonal from June to December), boat trips, shark cave diving, kayaking, scenic flights and wine tasting tours can be organised locally. Beach picnics are available.
Facilities: The Garden Restaurant overlooks Walker Bay and has a terrace for outdoor dining. Red Indigo Restaurant at Forest Lodge also has views of the bay and includes a lounge-bar. The Wine Cellar at Forest Lodge is ideal for private meals, and there's a champagne bar and terrace. Guests at both lodges can enjoy barbecues in the boma. Central areas include a lounge complete with an open fire, bar, outdoor swimming pool and sundeck. The spa offers massages, reflexology, shiatsu, facials, manicures and pedicures, to be booked and paid for locally.
Dining: Breakfast is served as a buffet, lunch is usually a 3-course meal and dinner consists of a 5 courses. Menus change daily. Meals are eaten at individual tables.
Children: Garden Lodge: children of all ages are welcome at Garden Lodge. There is a playroom indoors and a playground outside for youngsters. There is a children’s menu.
Forest Lodge: children aged 12 years and over are welcome.
Health: This is not a malarial area.
Communication: There is internet access in the suites and the main areas.
The Tribes Foundation
Simply by booking with Tribes, you are making a difference. Every booking helps with The Tribes Foundation, the charity we back with admin and funds. Most clients give additional donations which we always put to very good use with one of the wildlife, environmental or social projects we support.