I’ve mentioned countless times that I’m smitten with South Africa’s Overberg – a region east of Cape Town on the far side of the Hottentots-Holland mountain range. Katarina Mancama and I travelled through Gansbaai last year – a prominent area in the Overberg – celebrating this desitination’s recent GOLD for Best Responsible Tourism Destination at the International Responsible Tourism Awards in London. 

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I finally got round to reflect on all the pickup lines Grootbos Private Nature Reserve and Grootbos Foundation used to get me into bed on our first date. (Credit where it’s due and all, but also in my defense, they were pretty darn brilliant. Best of luck to those hoping to play hard to get.)

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When I heard them call it ‘Grootbos Magic’, I’ll admit: I thought they were exaggerating.

But I could not have been more wrong. Those five stars most certainly belong right there below the sign.

Here, in no particular order, are my top reasons for saying so …

The first thing you see when you enter the Grootbos Forest Lodge is a breathtaking view over the white dunes of the Overberg, stretching way beyond De Kelders to Hermanus in the far off distance. Man, I’m a sucker for a DESIGN DESIGNED FOR SPACE. 

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GUIDED WALKS AT SUNSET along the beach will be hard for anyone to refuse, but here you have the De Kelders, or ‘Die Plaat’ as it is affectionately known in the greater Overberg.

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As one of only three places in South Africa where such ancient remains have been found, KLIPGAT CAVE is one of the most important historical sites in the Western Cape and of World Heritage significance. As one of only three places in South Africa where such ancient remains have been found, Klipgat Cave is one of the most important historical sites in the Western Cape and of World Heritage significance.  I mean come on … it is totally crazy.

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THE GROOTBOS FOUNDATION, considered by many as the ultimate example of responsible tourism and community development sets benchmarks that would inspire even the least green amongst us.

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My favourite project of the foundation is their DRINKING WATER SYSTEM, running as efficiently as it is trendy.

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There is nothing quite as sexy as a FULLY OPERATIONAL ORGANIC FARM capable of producing enough food for 27 freestanding luxury suites at any given time. Nothing. (Well, except maybe a man that can drive, but it is a close call.)

Siyakhula Organic Farm

IMG_3757 We took a little walk through Siyakhula Organic Farm, situated at the heart of the Grootbos Nature Reserve, for a bit foreplay.

Adding insult to sexy is when THE KITCHEN, on top of all of this, also flirts in the most delicious ways. Then I’m in trouble. And that totally happend. Pic-up lines hit bullseye way before anyone said ‘starter’ …

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 I’d love to meet a person capable of playing hard to get with this menu. It’s impossible.

Grootbos Cuisine

I’ll go as far as saying that such a person cannot exist. (Will you please take a moment and notice just how happy these guys are with this responsibility to flirt successfully every day?)

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I travelled courtesy of Gansbaai Tourism.

Opinions expressed are my own.

This is the third in a series of posts on my and Katarina’s road trip. Read about my reasons for visiting this quaint little seaside town or backpack along with a Beachcomber Guide across the Universe.

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Katarina (MySlowJourney.com) looking out over the Overberg as she casts her magic spell, forever luring you back … as mysteriously as a giant whale that’s fragile and the smallest fynbos strong.

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