Explore one of the planet’s most beautiful coastlines. Romance, adventure and relaxation in absolute luxury, you know you deserve it.
|WHY WE HAND-PICKED THIS EXPERIENCE:
Visit the very heart of the Cape Floral Kingdom at Grootbos Nature Reserve or indulge in a chocolate and wine pairing in one of the most beautiful wine valleys in South Africa.
- 5 Nights/6 Days – 5 Star Luxury Self-Drive (Car hire included)
- Hermanus & Grootbos Nature Reserve
- Explore one of the most beautiful coastlines on our planet and Walker Bay Marine Reserve, not only a whale sanctuary but also home to abundant marine life including the Marine Big 5.
- Spend your days discovering the inside secrets of Hermanus, through the eyes of a local, from sundowners overlooking the ocean to a romantic picnic on the beach.
- Visit the heart of the Cape Floral Kingdom at Grootbos Nature Reserve.
- See the Marine Big 5 up close, whales, great white sharks, penguins, seals and dolphins.
- Enjoy a chocolate & wine pairing in the famous Hemel-en-Aarde Wine region and taste some of the finest wines in South Africa.
|BEST TIME TO GO||Whale Season is from June until November, with peak whale viewing in September & October|
|Grootbos Forest Lodge:||
Whale Coast Honeymoon Luxury & Romance
Day 1 - 4: Hermanus - Ocean Eleven Guest House
On arrival in Hermanus, you will check in at Ocean Eleven Guest House where you will stay for 3 nights in a luxurious sea facing suite including breakfast. You will spend the afternoon at leisure.
Overnight: Ocean Eleven Guest House – 3 nights Bed & Breakfast in a Sea facing Suite
Ocean Eleven is a Cape Cod, Colonial style luxury guest house, situated on the famous cliffs of Hermanus. The picturesque mountains beyond gently embrace the phenomenal views of Walker Bay. In keeping with the utter elegance of Colonial architecture, the Ocean Eleven main house was built with high ceilings, tall windows and teak floors, all features – and thus the grace and style – have been retained to this day. Ocean Eleven Luxury Guest House boasts ten beautifully appointed rooms made up of three standard, five deluxe and two suites, each with an all-embracing sea view over Walker Bay. The Suites are situated Loft-style in the old roof of the house and are spacious, air-conditioned and have en suite bathrooms that contain a bath and shower and private balconies. Room facilities include a mini bar, tea/coffee making facilities, TV with satellite, telephone, heated towel rails, ceiling fans, air-conditioning in the suites only, panel heaters, hair dryers and a safe.
Our dinner recommendation is Harbour Rock Restaurant situated in the New Harbour in one of the most spectacular settings in South Africa; a leading seafood brasserie in Hermanus with an ever-evolving menu of seafood and grills.
Day 2: Hermanus – Ocean Eleven Guest House
After a hearty breakfast, at approximately 10h00 please make your way to the New Harbour in Hermanus travelling towards Westcliff where you will take a 2 hour whale watching boat trip in Walker Bay, not only enjoying extraordinary whale watching but you will also discover the magic of this unique coastline with its abundant marine life.
Boat trip: 11h00 – 13h00
Duration: 2 hours
After your boat trip, you will return to Mosselberg on Grotto Beach for some leisure time.
Afternoon Sundowners & Drinks
At 17h00 please make your way to the pool area where you will be enjoying afternoon drinks and snacks complimented by spectacular views overlooking Walker Bay.
Day 3: Hermanus – Ocean Eleven Guest House
After a scrumptious breakfast, you will have some leisure time.
At 12h00 please make your way to Creation Wine Estate in the Hemel-en-Aarde Wine Valley. The drive will take approximately 30 minutes.
A Wine & Chocolate Paring has been booked for you for 12h30. Creation Wines offers a superb setting for lunch, which you can enjoy afterwards (pre-booking essential). The Hemel-en-Aarde Valley is one of South Africa’s hidden gems and you can spend the afternoon exploring this beautiful area.
We recommend SeaFood at The Marine for dinner overlooking the cliffs of Walker Bay. True to its name, the ‘SeaFood’ restaurant menu offers guests a seafood menu showcasing the ethically sourced local ingredients that the Overberg region has to offer.
Day 4-6: Grootbos Private Nature Reserve – Forest Lodge
After breakfast and check-out, you will self-drive from Hermanus towards Stanford, its majestic mountains and beautiful wine estates on-route to Grootbos Nature Reserve where luxury and romance await you at Forest Lodge where you will stay for 2 nights in a Luxury Suite overlooking the reserve. The journey will take approximately 45 minutes.
Overnight: Grootbos Forest Lodge: 2 nights Luxury Suite, all meals & scheduled activities
Grootbos offers you a one-of-a-kind luxury South African holiday. Forest Lodge boasts panoramic views and every suite offers complete privacy. Your suite consists of a spacious bedroom with en-suite bathroom, separate lounge with tea & coffee making facilities and separate bathroom, minibar, cosy fireplace and DVD player for in-room entertainment. The spacious suites open out onto a private outside deck with outside showers overlooking Walker Bay. Forest Lodge facilities include a separate bath, shower and toilet, satellite TV and secure room safes.
(A scheduled activity of your choice, as listed below, which your guide will discuss with you on arrival at Grootbos)
Horse riding at Grootbos
Day 5: Grootbos Private Nature Reserve – Forest Lodge
After breakfast you can spend the day exploring the reserve and one of its many activities.
Nature drives at Grootbos
Romantic picnic on the beach
Magnificent views from the lodge
Day 6: Departure
After breakfast and check-out, you will depart Grootbos Nature Reserve and head back to Cape Town International Airport.