Experience the magic of Grootvadersbosch!

by CapeNature

After a long period of closure to upgrade the infrastructure and tourism offerings at the reserve, Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve has reopened, and there are 11 new cabins for the public to book, allowing them to experience the magic of Grootvadersbosch once again!


The units are nestled in the forest, with views of the surrounding valley

Nestled in between Afromontane forest teeming with ancient yellowwood, stinkwood and ironwood trees, the reserve now boasts 11 modern cottages characterised with green building technology. Visitors will be able to relax in luxury surroundings at night, and experience the magic of Grootvadersbosch and it’s unique Afromontane forest during the day, with hiking trails, mountain biking and birdwatching on offer in the reserve.

All 11 cabins are 4-sleepers, with two bedrooms, a kuierkamer (inside braai area), a fully equipped kitchen, and a lounge with a built-in fire place. There is also an outside braai area at each unit.


The outside braai area is a great place to relax and unwind after a day of hiking

Units 1-3 are built with Universal Access in mind (approved by CapeAble) and have garages, while units 8-11 also have garages. Each cabin is available at R950 per night, for 1 to 4 people, in both peak and off-peak season.

Click here to find out more and to see a larger gallery of images of the cabin exteriors. 

The cabins are available to book now, so give us a call on 087 087 8250, or email reservation.alert@capenature.co.za 

About Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve

Originally known as Melkhoutskraal, the Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve encompasses 250 hectares of indigenous forest in the Langeberg region, close to Heidelberg. The name translates to “big father” in honour of Roelof Oelofse who owned the land in 1723. It has only been a reserve since 1986 and was declared a World Heritage Site in 2004.

How to get there

Take the N2 from Cape Town towards George. Just past Swellendam and Buffelsjag River, take the left-hand turn-off for Suurbraak/Barrydale. Turn left and continue through the town of Suurbraak and past the turn-off for Barrydale via Tradouwpass. The tar road becomes a dirt road. Continue until a T-junction, turn left and keep left at the next fork in the road. The reserve is well signposted. The road ends at the entrance gates.
GPS: 33 59 08.4 S 20 49 24.7 E

Office hours: 07:30–16:00
Tel: +27 (0)28 492 0001
Accommodation and permit bookings Tel: 087 087 8250

One Comment

  • Shawn Booysen

    December 15, 2016 11:06 am

    Congratulation’s and well done,. I am looking forward in making a booking in the short term.


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