Luxury in Harmony with Nature

Grootbos Foundation

From its very inception, The Grootbos Private Nature Reserve based in the Overberg was always going to be more than a luxury travel destination.

The Grootbos Foundation was set up in 2003 as a non-profit organisation that would work to conserve the critically endangered fynbos, while also focusing on the training and skills development of the surrounding communities.  

Our Projects

  • Grootbos owners the Lutzeyer family established The Grootbos Foundation in 2003.
  • Beyond our programmes, we conduct research into ecological, educational and social issues – and then craft impactful solutions.
  • Your stay at Grootbos leaves a positive impact behind you when you leave.

Community. Culture. Commerce. Conservation.

We’re an organisation dedicated to empowering others through ecotourism, enterprise development, sports development and education.

All of our projects are replicable and scalable, with many generating their own income or becoming partially self-sustaining. From beekeeping to animal husbandry, recycling candles to coaching soccer, computer training to clearing alien vegetation, each programme has been carefully considered to build a brighter future for the people who live here, as well as the environment.

Siyakhula

Siyakhula means Growing the Future and this project combines a variety of initiatives to support local communities.

Green Futures

The Green Futures Adult Education and Training College offers courses in indigenous horticulture, hospitality and guiding.

Football Foundation

The Football Foundation runs daily training sessions in soccer, netball, hockey and athletics for about 7000 youth each year.

Volunteer Programme

Our volunteer and intern programme provides much needed assistance, capacity and skills to the sport programmes.

See Foundation Website

43 436 Free-range eggs laid this year

50 International volunteers and interns

2 370 Education beneficiaries

5 000 Kilograms of organic produce grown

2 759 Hectares of alien vegetation cleared

7 993 Participants in sports development activities

45 000 Bottles of water produced

110 Hives of organic honey farmed

Staff

Zokhanyo Bekani

Community Farm Supervisor & Facilitator

Ziyanda Metsho

Spaza Shop Assistant

Zimasa Gobingca

Spaza Assistant

Viola Siyotywa

Green Futures Lecturer

Susanna Lochner

Green Futures Project Manager

Siyabonga Mankayi

Community Farm Asistant

Simone Davel

Project Manager

Shereen Van Der Merwe

Hockey Coach

Sergio Van Der Ross

Head Soccer Coach

Sharlene De Villiers

Nursery & Landscaping Manager

Sean Privett

Conservation Director

Ruth Crichton

Pr & Communications Manager

Rebecca Dames

Environmental Officer

Power Nonkwekwe

Assistant Beekeeper

Pontsho Chiloane

Community Farm Manager

Natasha Bredekam

Football Foundation Project Manager

Mziyanda Matiwane

Soccer Coach

Lindsay Hanekom

Operations Manager

Lily Upton

Community Farm Project Manager

Karin Blumer

Fundraising Manager

Julie Cheetham

Managing Director

Johan Strydom

Growing The Future Farm Manager

Joan De Villiers

Finance Manager

Danver August

Coach (Rugby/Cricket)

Corrie Avenant

Coach (Athletics/Rugby/Cricket)

Celina Danisa

Nursery Support

Bulelani Bashe

Nursery Support

Anchelle Damon

Ecd Facilitator & Netball Coach

Zokhanyo  Bekani

Community Farm Supervisor & Facilitator

Ziyanda  Metsho

Spaza Shop Assistant

Zimasa  Gobingca

Spaza Assistant

Viola  Siyotywa

Green Futures Lecturer

Susanna  Lochner

Green Futures Project Manager

Siyabonga  Mankayi

Community Farm Asistant

Simone  Davel

Project Manager

Shereen  Van Der Merwe

Hockey Coach

Sergio  Van Der Ross

Head Soccer Coach

Sharlene  De Villiers

Nursery & Landscaping Manager

Sean  Privett

Conservation Director

Ruth  Crichton

Pr & Communications Manager

Rebecca  Dames

Environmental Officer

Power  Nonkwekwe

Assistant Beekeeper

Pontsho  Chiloane

Community Farm Manager

Natasha  Bredekam

Football Foundation Project Manager

Mziyanda  Matiwane

Soccer Coach

Lindsay  Hanekom

Operations Manager

Lily  Upton

Community Farm Project Manager

Karin  Blumer

Fundraising Manager

Julie  Cheetham

Managing Director

Johan  Strydom

Growing The Future Farm Manager

Joan  De Villiers

Finance Manager

Danver  August

Coach (Rugby/Cricket)

Corrie  Avenant

Coach (Athletics/Rugby/Cricket)

Celina  Danisa

Nursery Support

Bulelani  Bashe

Nursery Support

Anchelle  Damon

Ecd Facilitator & Netball Coach

Awards & Mentions

Best Environmental Management Program Award
Finalist: Engaging Communities
Condé Nast Traveler’s annual Green List
Best in Poverty Reduction
Best for Conservation of an Endangered Species

Get Involved

“Every action we take is designed to have a positive impact on the local community and environment”.

Be inspired. Make a difference. Change their story.

Keen to know more? We recommend going on our Living the Future tour, to see and experience our projects first hand. You’ll be inspired and develop a deeper understanding of what makes Grootbos so special.

The Grootbos Foundation is a registered NPO, is audited annually and all funds generated go towards programme delivery.  Please email us at info@grootbosfoundation.org for more information if you wish to make a donation. 

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