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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.
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 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 means Growing the Future and this project combines a variety of initiatives to support local communities.
The Green Futures Adult Education and Training College offers courses in indigenous horticulture, hospitality and guiding.
Conservation research programmes which include award-winning ecological research projects, biodiversity surveys and more
The Football Foundation runs daily training sessions in soccer, netball, hockey and athletics for about 7000 youth each year.
Our volunteer and intern programme provides much needed assistance, capacity and skills to the sport programmes.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information if you wish to make a donation.
The last year has been a busy one at Grootbos. We rebuilt our beloved Garden Lodge entirely and re-opened it in April 2022. We also officially launched the Grootbos Florilegium - Africa's first contemporary florilegium - which is a collection of botanical illustrations created by local and international artists, depicting the charismatic plants found on our reserve and the surrounding regions.
Click below to learn more about these exciting developments.See New Garden Lodge See Florilegium