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At Grootbos, we believe in working together for a better future. As such, we have partnered with a number of leading organisations in their respective fields. We choose our partners carefully and ensure that their ethos is aligned with ours to combine our efforts in working towards a unified vision.
The Grootbos Foundation is Grootbos Private Nature Reserve’s a non-profit organisation that runs various social upliftment and educational programs like Green Futures, Siyakhula and the Grootbos Football Foundation.
Green Futures is a Horticulture and Life Skills College which provides educational training to a small group of young adults each year. The project aims to help these individuals learn the skills and confidence necessary to help them find employment while contributing to the conservation of the region’s unique biodiversity.
The Siyakhula (meaning Growin the Future) Organic Farm provides skills development in organic agriculture, sustainable animal husbandry and beekeeping to members of the local community. The Farm produces a range of vegetable, herbs, fruits, eggs and honey which is sold to the Grootbos Lodges. Siyakhula also ruins projects like Food For Sport, a Candle Making Enterprise and a Water Bottling Project.
The Football Foundation of South Africa (FFSA) was established with the aim of encouraging social integration amongst communities in the Gansbaai area as well as educating and empowering the local youth through means of sports. The Foundation provides the education, facilities and equipment to do so while also being involved with associated projects like Food For Sport, a Canoeing Programme and Water Safety Programme.
Marine Dynamics is one of the leading Shark Cage Diving companies based in Kleinbaai, Gansbaai. This multi-awarded Ecotourism and Conservation Enterprise works in conjunction with its sister companies, Dyer Island Conservation Trust (DICT) and African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary (APSS), to educate and continue the conservation of the marine species along our coasts. Discover and Protect.
The Long Run is an initiative of the Zeitz Foundation which develops and implements best practice examples of the 4 C’s - Conservation, Community, Culture, Commerce. As a member of The Long Run Initiative, we are committed to promoting and supporting sustainable, ecological and socially responsible practices to build a more sustainable future.
We are very proud to have been awarded as one of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World. Each year, National Geographic chooses a selection of world-class hotels which offers guests intimate encounters in unique parts of the world. This award is also based on lodges deeply rooted in its community and dedicated to the conservation of its surrounding habitats and cultures.
As the birthplace of Fair Trade Tourism, South Africa is known for its diverse range of exciting places to go and things to do and Grootbos has been awarded the sustainable stamp of approval by Fair Trade in South Africa (FTTSA). FTT approval ensures sustainable practices like good wages and working conditions for staff, upliftment of local communities and a deep respect for human rights, culture and the environment.
Xplorio is one of our local partners. A dynamic town website, now featuring all towns in the Overberg, that offers current, authentic and comprehensive town related information by empowering local establishments to promote and directly market themselves online.
The Dyer Island Conservation Trust provides unique conservation and research programmes or marine species in the greater Gansbaai area. The Trust strives to help protect the nearby colony of endangered African Penguins, the breeding and calving grounds of the Southern Right Whale and the population of vulnerable Great White Sharks found here.
The African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary (APSS) is a project of the Dyer Island Conservation Trust (DICT). The Sanctuary is a state of the art facility that was established to assist the endangered African Penguin colony on Dyer Island as well as any injured birds found nearby. The facility has a fully equipped lab and vet on standby to treat and rehabilitate a variety of seabirds.
Based in Cape Town, Grootbos has called upon the creative genius of Fields Architects due to their simple, yet dynamic architecture designs. They believe in creating dynamic and inspirational living and working environments where every small detail becomes a part of the whole. These aspects can clearly be seen in the sophisticated design of our Private Villas.
Pack for a Purpose is an organisation which provides travellers with the information they need to make a small, yet meaningful contribution to the local community at their destination. Based on the philosophy ‘Small Space. Little Effort. Big Impact.’, Pack for a Purpose helps travellers to make informed decisions about what is needed which can then simply be dropped off at the resort front desk.