Discover the Secret Season – Part 1

The Secret Season ~ a magical time of the year when the landscape surrounding South Africa’s Overberg region in the Western Cape bursts forth to showcase its rich flora and fauna. The season runs from May to July and the best place to experience natures’ temperate winter wonderland is located a mere 2-hour drive from Cape Town.

Awakened by the glow of stunning Autumn sunsets, the fynbos fields come alive with vibrant colour to welcome the Southern Right Whales after their long journey to South Africa’s warmer shores.

In the heart of this majestic floral kingdom along the Cape Whale Coast Route lies a private nature reserve dedicated to sustaining this delicate world heritage site.

Tucked away in the middle of this beautifully orchestrated symphony of nature lies Grootbos Private Nature Reserve – your gateway to the Secret Season.

And it is within this pearl of the Cape Floral Kingdom gateway that one can discover four of the most amazing Secret Season experiences:


Find out more about the unique pink blossoms of the Erica irregularis found nowhere else in the world. Watch while hiking or from horseback as the hills around the Reserve burst into a flurry of beautiful colour and form an intricate part of the Cape Floral Kingdom.


Explore the hidden secrets of ancient coastal caves overlooking some of the most pristine beaches in the Western Cape. Forage for mussels with one of our knowledgeable guides and prepare them with one of our executive chefs.


Experience the wonder of the Marine Big-5 as they gather in the abundant warm waters of Walker Bay. Be dazzled by the Cape Fur Seal, Great White Shark, Indo-Pacific Bottlenose Dolphin, African Penguin, and Southern Right Whale while on a Grootbos educational Marine Safari.


Head out into the veld with the Reserves’ very own beekeeper to learn about the Grootbos hives, how the golden honey is made, and get the chance to harvest your own Single Blossom Erica irregularis honey amongst thousands of buzzing bees.

Be inspired. Watch this awesome 2-minute video clip:

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