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Grootvadersbosch - Scolopia

Self Catering
  • Capacity: 6 people
  • Check-in: 14:00 to 16:00
    Check-out: 10:00
  • Address: Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve, Heidelberg, 1441, Western Cape
  • All ages welcome
  • From R1 620 per night (for 6 people)


Grootvadersbosch - Scolopia is a self-catering wooden house located in the Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve. Originally known as Melkhoutskraal, the Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve encompasses 250-hectares of indigenous forest in the Langeberg region, close to Heidelberg. Scolopia is located 500 m from the reserve entrance on the edge of the indigenous forest and near the start of a day hike, and was named after an indigenous pear tree.

Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve conserves a significant section of indigenous forest that has most of the typical 35 forest tree species, including yellowwood, stinkwood, red alder and ironwood. Areas in which exotic trees were planted between 1896 and 1913, including camphor, eucalyptus, ash and Californian redwood and oak, are being reclaimed for indigenous species. The reserve is home to 2 species only found in this particular forest, a subspecies of the forest emperor butterfly and a subspecies of the ghost frog, as well as a host of bushbuck, grysbok, baboons and smaller mammals. Leopards are occasionally spotted. This is a birder’s paradise with 196 species recorded within the reserve, including the rare striped flufftail, Layard’s titbabbler, francolin, black and booted eagles and the beautiful sunbirds and sugarbirds. Located in a transitional rainfall zone between winter and all-year rainfall regions, the vegetation is primarily mountain fynbos, with about 1,200 plant species documented in this region.

Scolopia can accommodate up to 6 guests and contains 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, and an open-plan kitchen and living area. The first bedroom contains a double bed. The second bedroom contains a bunk bed. The bathroom contains a shower, a toilet and a washbasin.

The kitchen is well-equipped for self-catering and includes a stove, fridge, microwave, kettle, and cutlery and crockery. The lounge area contains a fireplace, and a double sleeper couch. The living area opens to a deck with a picnic bench and a shaded outdoor braai area. A braai grid is provided.

Sleeping Arrangements

A booking at Grootvadersbosch - Scolopia includes:

Double Bed
Bedroom 1
Sleeps 2 people
1 xDouble Bed
Bunk Bed
Bedroom 2
Sleeps 2 people
1 xBunk Bed
Double Sleeper Couch
Area 1
Sleeps 2 people
1 xDouble Sleeper Couch


Braai Area


  • Braai Area
  • Kitchen Facilities
  • No Smoking Indoors
  • Self Catering

Activities Onsite

  • Bird Watching

Activities Nearby

  • Bird Watching
  • Game Viewing
  • Mountain Biking
  • Swimming

Languages Spoken

  • Afrikaans
  • English


  • Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve, Heidelberg, 1441, Western Cape
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  • Capacity: 6 people
  • Check-in: 14:00 to 16:00
    Check-out: 10:00
  • Address: Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve, Heidelberg, 1441, Western Cape
  • All ages welcome,format,compress&q=80 From R1 620  per night (for 6 people) Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve Heidelberg 1441 Western Cape 0860 022 102 14:00-16:00 10:00 -33.985666666667 20.823527777778