Grootbos is situated between two of the greatest draws on South Africa's southern coast: Cape Town and the Garden Route. The closest major airport is Cape Town International Airport, which serves a variety of destinations both domestic and international and hosts internationally recognized rental car companies. The lodge is a scenic two-hour drive from the airport. Those coming from the east may choose to fly into the smaller airports at George or Port Elizabeth and make their way west along the Garden Route.
From Cape Town: Take the N2 past the airport to Somerset West. Either follow the N2 over Sir Lowry’s Pass and turn onto the R43 after the Houhoek Pass, or take the R44 along the coast and turn onto the R43 to Hermanus. Drive through Hermanus; Grootbos is situated 13 km past Stanford on the R43.
From the Garden Route: The N2 brings you west past Swellendam and Riviersonderend. Continue 10 km past Riviersonderend and turn onto to the R326 to Stanford. At Stanford, turn left onto the R43. Grootbos is situated 13 km from Stanford on the R43.
Due to the remote location of the property and its rugged surroundings, guests with limited mobility should call us to discuss whether a visit to Grootbos is feasible.
The best time of year for viewing the Cape Floral Kingdom is July through December. The best time of year for whale watching is June through December.
Children are important guests at Grootbos, where a specially designed children’s program caters to their natural curiosity with guided tours, treasure hunts, marine excursions, pony rides, orienting and more. Children age three and under are welcome to share a room with adults free of charge. Children age 12 or older are welcome at the Forest Lodge.
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