It was in 1991 that the Lutzeyer family first set eyes on a small farm on the fynbos slopes overlooking Walker Bay – and they couldn’t believe the beauty they saw. In 1994 Michael sold his business interests in Cape Town and decided to develop a bed and breakfast on the site for local visitors, not knowing that soon he would be attracting visitors from across the globe. Since then, through a combination of hard work, enthusiasm, vision and strong family cooperation, the Lutzeyers have turned the reserve into a world leader in progressive luxury tourism, transforming the lives of community members and preserving 2500 hectares of botanical and wildlife treasures.

Today, Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, Gansbaai is a leading example of sustainable eco-tourism and 5-star luxury in the Western Cape, South Africa. This relaxing and beautiful place overlooks Walker Bay and is surrounded by indigenous Fynbos (shrubs) and forest clad hills. This destination is a wonderful escape or an excellent addition to a Garden Route itinerary. The quality conference centre accommodates up to 60 resident guests.

Both local and international travellers have discovered a place of tranquillity at the award-winning Grootbos Private Nature Reserve and are encouraged by the delicate and proactive relationship between man and nature. Guests can stay in classic Garden Lodge, an ideal family getaway set in a lush indigenous surrounding or the Forest Lodge, with its contemporary and modern style appealing to the cosmopolitan traveler.