Secret Season at Grootbos is an absolutely magical time of year.
If you have never heard of Grootbos, its a beautiful nature reserve about two hours outside Cape Town in the Overberg area. It’s a little slice of heaven with something for everyone and its definitely one of my favorite places to visit. Two years ago we got our first taste of #GrootbosMagic and its beauty has been on my mind ever since.
Its one of those places that makes you feel completely welcome, utterly relaxed and 100% spoiled. I was once again giddy with excitement at the thought of spending a few crisp Winter days there soaking up everything that makes it such a special place to visit.
Even driving to Grootbos via Clarence drive from Cape Town is a treat with views of the beautiful Kogelberg nature reserve. The mountains seem to slip into the ocean below as you drive the winding road which is regarded as one of the most scenic coastal drives in the world.
As you reach Grootbos and enter the reserve you will start spotting bits of pink fynbos ( one of their secrets! ) and the beautiful lodges. As you park your car and you are warmly greeted you just know that its a place you can fall in love with.
Eating at Grootbos is an experience
Whether its breakfast, lunch or dinner every meal is a special one at Grootbos. Fresh local ingredients, some of them even from Grootbos itself are used to make every dish as delicious as possible. We were lucky enough to have one of their chefs go mussel foraging with us and create something mouth-watering for us. If you want to try your hand in the kitchen you can help prepare a dish as well! You definitely enjoy your food even more if you see the hard work and passion that goes into getting it from the farm to the table.
If possible, request eating in the cellar, it was one of our highlights and the perfect place to celebrate a special occasion.
The type of Erica that grows at Grootbos is not found anywhere else in the world. The beautiful pink flowers come out, covering patches of the hillside in bright, sweet smelling blankets. At Grootbos you can do a Fynbos safari for sunset and be transported through their magical floral kingdom learning about all the interesting fynbos.
If you are a bit of a nature lover like us then I cant recommend the cave tours enough. The Walker bay nature reserve is very close by and the magnificent caves and rocky coastline is a sight to behold. Ross, our guide from Grootbos led us through these ancient caves while telling us a little bit more about them as well as the surroundings. It was interesting, fun and a bit exhilarating. Especially when we got to stand on a arch straight from Game Of Thrones!
After our cave walk we were treated to bubbles and snacks on the pristine dunes overlooking the ocean. Its one of the best sunset spots we have had the pleasure of being at. As the sun slowly dipped beneath the horizon everything went golden and the moment felt almost unreal.
Unique experiences is what Grootbos is all about and the honey harvesting was an unexpected delight. It started of with lots of nervous, anxiety filled giggles but was soon replaced with awe and a new found interest in bees. Our bee suits kept us safe and we could go close enough to the hives to see the bees in action. Johan the beekeeper told us some interesting facts about bees and how the delicious Grootbos honey is made.
Horse Riding & Plenty More
There are so many things to do and see at Grootbos and the surrounding area that you wont ever get bored. Even relaxing at your room in front of the fire or out on the deck is a great way to spend the day. We however got up early on one of the mornings and braved he crisp air to go horse riding. We trotted through fynbos with the sun gently warming us and marvelled at the views. Our horses seemed more interested in the sweet fynbos though and tried to have snack stops as much as possible. This gave us ample opportunity to take photos and soak up the moment! I actually never knew I liked horse riding till trying it for the first time at Grootbos.
These are only a few of the things you can experience at Grootbos but I don’t want to give all their secrets away ( for now anyway! )
Check out their website for more about the secret season and the reserve itself.