The Grootbos Foundation
The Grootbos Foundation, which is a registered Section-21 Company (not for profit), was established during 2005 in order to run the non-profit activities of Grootbos Nature Reserve, a unique destination world-renowned for its eco tourism near Cape Town, South Africa.
Grootbos Nature Reserve is situated on the Agulhas Plain in the heart of the Cape fynbos lowlands, a region of unprecedented biodiversity value, under extreme human pressures. Effective conservation of this, and our other unique natural areas, will only be possible if they can earn their keep. By this we mean that ways need to be found to deliver better financial returns from natural fynbos and marine landscapes rather than farmed or developed landscapes. Natural resources also need to be made more accessible to the poor so that all people can be educated about their uniqueness and inherent value.
The story of Grootbos and its Foundation is a good news story that is tackling these very issues of responsible tourism and social upliftment from a beautiful nature reserve in the heart of the Cape Floral Kingdom.
For more information about the objectives of the Foundation, funding and legal status, read our Mission.
Conservation of the fauna and flora on Grootbos Nature Reserve and the surrounding Walker Bay Plain is of vital importance. To date more than 750 species of Fynbos have been documented on the reserve. The reserve has recently published the Grootbos Field Guide, one of the most detailed, long-term botanical studies ever undertaken in the Cape flora. This guide provides background to the Grootbos lodges and ecotourism activities as well as the wonderful conservation and social development programs run by the non-profit Grootbos Foundation.
From time to time needs arise within the Foundation, which are not covered in our day to day operation. Each project has specific needs and requirements. We are currently seeking sponsorship for some items in our Wish List and we are looking for direct help in our Volunteering Program.
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