Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve is situated in the Langeberg, about 22 km northwest of Heidelberg, and comprises 250 ha of forest.

The indigenous forest is the most noteworthy in the southwestern Cape and the largest remaining example in the Langeberg. Two-day walks and a short cycle trail wind through Knysna high forest and mountain fynbos, with excellent bird-watching opportunities.

The Langeberg lies in the transitional zone between winter and all-year rainfall regions. Grootvadersbosch has an average annual rainfall of about 1 050 mm. Drier periods are from May to July and December to January. Berg wind conditions prevail from May to July.

Most of the 35 typical forest tree species are present, including stinkwood, yellowwood, red alder and the dominant ironwood.

Bushbuck are abundant. Cape grysbok occur on the forest fringes and in adjacent fynbos. Baboons and small mammals are plentiful while evidence of leopard is also occasionally found.

Birds are abundant and 196 bird species have been recorded.

A subspecies of the ghost frog and a unique forest emperor butterfly occur only in this forest.
R240.00 per unit, Max: 12

  • Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve
  • Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve
  • Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve

Facilities & Services:

  • Self-Braai / Barbecue
  • Fireplace on the Premises
  • English
  • Hiking / Walking Trails
  • Swimming Pool
  • Other


    Scolopia Cabin (sleeps 6):
    This comfortable wooden two-bedroomed house is situated on the edge of the indigenous forest, 500m from the reserve entrance. Bushbuck and other small game, not to mention birds, frequent the forest edge to feed at dusk and dawn. The house is situated near the start of a day hike.

    The house was named after the red pear tree, an indigenous tree species often seen in the forest. It has a fully equipped kitchen (with microwave), a bathroom, and a living room with a fireplace (jetmaster). It also has a spacious shaded braai area alongside the cottage. It sleeps six people. One room has two single beds, another has one single bed and a bunk bed. The living room has an extra bed.

    Bathroom: Warm/cold water available; bath only
    Kitchen: Equipped with a stove and fridge

    Please note
    - Swimming in Duivenhoks River, a 2km hike from the tourist complex
    - Cottage water is naturally brown in colour and not polluted. However, boiling is recommended prior to drinking.
    - Electricity provided in all cottages
    - Braai facilities available
    - Wood provided for first night; thereafter for sale at neighbourng farm
    - No shop on site
    - Cottages fully equipped with bed linen, cutlery, crockery

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    Other Accommodation near Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve:

    Accommodation options within 8km from Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve include:

    Honeywood Guest Cottages

    Honeywood Guest Cottages

    Situated on the Honeywood farm, on the foothills of the Langeberg, about 45 km from Swellendam. Offers horse-riding, swimming and participation in farming activities.. Bird-watching and hiking trails.

    From: R230.00
    per person sharing