Just two hours from Cape Town and thirty minutes from Hermanus, on the way to the world-renowned Garden Route, the family-owned and family run Grootbos is a highlight on any itinerary. Ideal for families of all ages, it’s in a malaria-free area and offers a variety of guided adventures that range from horse-riding, nature, marine and coastal drives or walks to shark cage-diving. During your time here, you might spot the 'Marine Big 5' (whales, sharks, dolphins, seals and penguins), and a variety of residential bird life. You may be interested, and keen to be involved in, the conservation and development projects undertaken by the non-profit Grootbos Foundation, as it endeavours to uplift the local community whilst promoting the conservation of the area’s unique biodiversity. Visit the forest rehabilitation project, Future Trees, and plant a tree – you’ll be given the GPS co-ordinates, so next time you visit you can easily locate it. Grootbos boasts two outstanding restaurants, as well as a selection of amazing venues for special occasions, and serves delectable dishes created from locally sourced produce and organic ingredients produced on the reserve.