Grootbos Experience

I got the pleasure to spend some time at Grootbos Nature Reserve.  I asked a friend of mine, Thembi, to tag along and experience it with me.  Grootbos is a 5 star nature reserve situated in a beautiful small town, Gansbaai, 2 hours away from Cape Town…

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Back in 1991, The Lutzeyer family purchased 123 hectare which has now turned into 2500 hectares for conservation land.  The Lutzeyers originally used this land as a holiday guest house which they visited during weekends and holidays .  In 1994 Michael made a conscious decision to turn the firm into bed and breakfast for locals.  On this decision he was joined by with his brother and sister in law, Tertius and Gabi Lutzeyer.  And the rest is history….

Activities we took part in included the fynbos drive, visiting the Klipgat Cave and the Grootbos foundation.  Some of the activities they have on offer are horse rides, boat trips to Dyer Island and boat-based whale watching, shark cage diving.  Allow me to give you a breakdown of my experience at Grootbos….

Customer Service / The Staff

From the front of house to the waiters and tour guides, all the staff members were very warm and friendly and they just go out of their way to give their guest exceptional service.

The Food

We had a 3 course meal for dinner, all the dishes were scrumptious and elegantly plated and just enough portion sizes.  The breakfast is for kings, the best part is that you can visit the foundation early in the morning and get fresh layed eggs which you can take and have them prepared for breakfast.  It doesnt get fresher than that!

Rooms at Garden Cottage

Each cottage has got a separate living area, a kitchenette, bathroom with a massive shower, fire place, fully stocked bar fridge, a selection of fruits, teas and coffees.   Guests are spoiled to some interesting reading material.   When I was there I wanted to stay in the cottage and just soak it in, the view is amazing and the cottage itself is quite spacious.  When you visit them set aside a day or few days to just spend sometime in your cottage and just relax and enjoy the glorious panoramic views.

Flower Safari / Fynbos Drive

It is quite an interesting, bumpy, fragrant and yet scenic drive.  I have never seen so many beautiful plants in one place.  Our guide was a young man called Bongani,  He was very friendly, passionate and knowledgeable about the Fynbos.  Read more about it and see pictures here

Grootbos Foundation

The foundation is a community upliftment programme whereby women in the community are involved in farming and the youth are trained in horticulture and life skills development.  Read about it and see pictures here.

Klipgat Cave

This is beauty at its natural best.  I was expecting the caves to be insane like the Cango caves but they were not.  Read more about the Klipgat Cave here.

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Thuli Gogela is a Food Technologist with 8 years of experience developing products in food manufacturing. She is dedicated to discovering wholesome traditional dishes and recipes with a distinctive taste from different parts of the African continent. Thuli is well known for her food blog, Mzansi Style Cuisine which was established in 2010. She saw a gap in the traditional food market that people were hungry for. From there, it didn’t take long to build her brand. In 2013, she started writing a recipe column for the Cape Times for and has collaborated with some of the biggest brands in South Africa namely, Knorr, Nedeburg Wines, First Choice and Spekko rice. Not only does Thuli feature traditional African dishes, she’s also open to developing recipes, food consultations and brand collaborations.

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