A Sense of Wander at Grootvadersbosch

by CapeNature

Experience what we call a sense of wander and be captivated by the escape when you visit Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve. 


Nestled in the Langeberg mountains between Swellendam and Heidelberg, Grootvadersbosch is a small, quiet hideaway that will inspire you to get lost in timelessness. The land, originally owned by Roelof Oelofse, has a long and storied history, which enhances your appreciation of the surroundings when you’re there.

‘Big daddy’


The name of the reserve comes from Mr Oelofse, who was the ‘Groot Vader’, or Big Daddy. Subsequent land owners inherited the title, with the moniker now belonging to the conservation manager at Grootvadersbosch.

A legacy of forestry


Amid the unique afromontane forest, there is a relic of the reserve’s forestry past. Planted over a century ago, there is a patch of California redwood trees, some of which reach over 40m high, that remain as a unique reminder of the logging that used to take place here. The giant redwoods would be harvested by hand, packed into carts and hauled out of the steep forest valley by donkeys, and forest workers. The trees are not indigenous, but are recognised as a heritage site due to their age and cultural importance.

Time for Timelessness


Take some time out and feel true timelessness when you visit Grootvadersbosch. Our 11 new cabins, overlooking the forest, accommodate up to 4 people at just R950 per night. That’s less than R2000 for a weekend getaway for a family of four! The cabins have two bedrooms, a large bathroom with shower, an inside kuier kamer and outside braai area. Click here to find out more, and take a look at some of the cabin interiors in the images embedded below.


The Kuierkamer


The living area


The main bedroom


The second bedroom


The bathroom

Published in Eco-Tourism, In the media


  • Tony Mills

    February 15, 2017 12:06 pm

    Wish that we north of the Orange river had this sort of accommodation on offer at those prices. Welldone to Cape Nature, I now know why people from Gauteng are migrating to the Cape.

  • Pat Korrubel

    February 17, 2017 11:25 am

    Hope to do a return visit some day. Still remember staying in the single forest cabin at Grootvadersbosch (slept 6) while rest of my hiking group had to be accommodated outside the reserve. However we had a wonderful few days of walking the trails and admired the Redwoods of which we have a few of these giants in the vicinity of Knysna where I live.


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