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Grootbos is for families

by Mariette du Toit-Helmbold on 15.12.2015

I have a long love affair with Grootbos and the surrounding area stretching from Stanford to Die Plaat. I grew up somewhere in the middle under ancient milkwood trees next to the Klein River lagoon. There is nothing on earth more beautiful that a milkwood tree. Watching your children “hunting for frogs and fairies” under the Grootbos milkwood trees, lost in a world of wonder and new discoveries; is breathtakingly beautiful.

The Garden Lodge 

We stayed at the Garden Lodge, which caters specifically for families. Our two-bedroom luxury suite (better described as a cottage) was surrounded by milkwoods with an incredible view over Walker Bay that can be enjoyed from the wooden deck or beautifully decorated lounge.

The Garden Lodge is a little more relaxed than the Forest Lodge with a children’s play room and daily children’s programme of fun activities that includes pony rides, frog hunting, star gazing, pizza making, egg collecting and baking chocolate brownies with the chef in the kitchen.

The kids insisted on having the eggs they collected themselves in the morning for breakfast

It is always the people of a place that make it truly memorable and the Grootbos family made our stay absolutely magical. Our kids were entertained and taken on a magic carpet ride of new experiences, giving us time to sleep in, catch up and indulge in the delicious food and good local wines – just the two of us.

Canapes with a view

A highlight for big and small people is the fynbos safari. The knowledgeable guides open your eyes to the wonders of the Cape Floral Kingdom with stories about the ants, the wind and the relationship between fynbos and fire.

The fynbos safari is great for adults and kids

Guests can also enjoy a spa treatment (I enjoyed a glorious full body massage in the stillness of the milkwood forest.), a guided beach walk, whale watching, boat cruise to Dyer and Geyser Islands or a scenic flight over Walker Bay. 

I met this little bosbokkie (bushbuck) on my way to the Forest Spa

The weekend at Grootbos was the perfect mini-family break to end off a busy year. We left refreshed with hearts overflowing with memories and lives enriched. Thank you Grootbos for the #grootbosmagic!

A pony ride on Sparkie for the birthday girl

To book your own family, solo or romantic break away at Grootbos, visit or follow the conversations at #grootbosmagic for inspiration.