Thursday, March 3, 2011

Great Value-Adds at Grootbos

Grootbos Nature Reserve is offering some excellent value-adds to North American outfitters and agents. Contact your New Frontiers tour consultant for more details on the special offers, pricing and validity.

Read more about the Kusini Collection's visit to Grootbos in November (hint: scroll down to November 16 for the report).

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve is situated half an hour outside of Hermanus, on the Fynbos and forest clad hills, overlooking the whale watching haven of Walker bay and Gansbaai. The two hour drive from Cape Town provides for a spectacular scenic route along the Cape Whale Coast. With its 5-star luxury accommodation, scenic beauty, unique flowers and abundant marine life, Grootbos truly provides everything the Garden Route and Western Cape have to offer. The luxury designed lodges and exclusive Villa offer breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean, breaching whales and ancient forests, with activities to satisfy even the most ardent nature lover. Come to Grootbos and feel momentarily humbled by what has been described as one of the most idyllic locations on Earth, a pristine piece of wilderness hidden away at the Southern Tip of Africa.

Stay 3 nights at Grootbos and receive the following:
- Transfer from Cape Town to Grootbos with stop in Stony Point to experience the African
Penguins first hand. (Transfer at additional cost per vehicle).
- Visit to the township and Social Responsibility Tour
- Complimentary Wine Tour (including wine tasting at three wine estates, visit to Elim as well
as a picnic lunch at Cape Agulhas)
- Complimentary White Sharking Experience including of transfers from Grootbos to the
harbour and back
- Complimentary Beach Horse Riding

Stay two nights at Grootbos and receive the following:
- Transfer from Cape Town to Grootbos with stop in Stony Point to experience the African
Penguins first hand (transfers at an additional cost per vehicle).
- Visit to the township and Social Responsibility Tour
- Complimentary White Sharking Experience including of transfers from Grootbos to the
harbour and back

Both packages also include the following services:
- Accommodation in a One-Bedroom Luxury Suite @ Garden Lodge or Forest Lodge
- Welcome drink served upon arrival
- Fresh fruit daily in suite
- Light lunch, 6-course dinner, Breakfast buffet with full English breakfast menu
- Horse riding for non- and experienced riders through the
- Guided Walks including fynbos nature tours and Milkwood walks
- Nature, marine & coastal drives and walks including the Walker Bay Nature Reserve, De
Kelders cliff walk, Klipgat Cave combined with seasonal land-based whale watching (whale
watching especially during June – December)
- Bird-watching; experience a great variety of bird species on the reserve
- Various maps of the reserve and the area for self-guided walks
- Transfers to/from all activities

Grootbos prides itself in training local guides to be some of the best in the region. Tours are thoughtfully designed and in-depth. New Frontiers Tours recommends combining Grootbos with a stay in Cape Town and the winelands, and Sabi Sand Game Reserve or Madikwe (for malaria free!).

Wine Tour & Southern Tip of Africa:
The Overberg has long been known for its great wines, starting with Hamilton Russell and Bouchard Finlayson in the late 1980’s. During the last seven years, the area has become known as the new vogue area for wines in South Africa. This area boasts over 70 wine estates, many of them with award winning wines. Grootbos has decided to offer a guided wine tour, visiting three wine estates, where guests have the chance to interact with the winemakers during the wine tasting, and including a visit to the true southernmost tip of Africa – Cape Agulhas, where your guests will enjoy a hearty picnic lunch. The wine route will take guests also through the small village of Elim, which is the second oldest missionary station in South Africa, with the only
functional watermill in South Africa.

Great White Shark Cage Diving & Surface viewing:
Grootbos works with Marine Dynamics located at Kleinbaai Harbour (a mere drive of about 15 minutes), which we regard as the top sharking company in South Africa. It is not only known for its extensive conservation efforts, but also for their highly qualified marine biologists and staff on board, which makes it a truly amazing experience. Transfers from Grootbos to the harbour are included
and guests don’t have to rise early. After the boat trip guests come back for a warm shower and a light lunch is already waiting for them

Beach Horse Riding:
As you may know, horse riding at Grootbos is included in the rate. The stables boast 21 horses, which are suitable for any rider – from beginner to advanced rider. This activity is extremely popular for all ages. Grootbos also introduced beach horse riding (maximum 4 people) at a price of R 650.00 per person. This is a 3.5 – 4 hour ride through snow white dunes and onto 30 kilometres of pristine beach. This activity has proved exceptionally popular amongst horse riders and honeymooners and is included in the value add packages above.

Photos by Lyndsay Harshman and courtesy of Grootbos Nature Reserve.

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