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The Long Run is one of the world’s largest sustainable development initiatives. This invitation-only network comprises members who exchange learnings, insights and knowledge.
Its parties are united by the desire to maintain a healthy and productive planet by excelling in the areas of conservation, community, culture and commerce.
Conservation is to recognise the value of the natural world and to acknowledge its contribution to the global ecosystem. Members of The Long Run strive to serve as custodians of their piece of the natural world so that collectively we can safeguard life as a whole.
The Long Run members support the spirit of community. We strive to positively impact the health and wellbeing of the communities in which we operate. We aim to ensure that our fellow members have the skills and tools they need to survive and thrive.
Culture is what divides us as people yet learning about different cultures is also what unites us. At The Long Run, we believe that respecting cultural diversity – and finding ways to work together – is crucial to the success of our global future.
Guests are attracted to an establishment’s natural beauty and cultural charm. In turn, members of The Long Run reinvest the profits gained from tourism commerce to safeguard the very things that attract those visitors in the first place.
From inception, it was clear that Grootbos was going to be more than a luxury tourist destination. We are deeply integrated within our eco-system and are constantly pioneering paths in conservation and community development.
As a founding member of the Long Run organisation, we work with fellow members from around the globe to learn, be inspired and keep abreast of the latest standards in each of the 4C areas of interest.
The Football Foundation provides after-school training in football, hockey, athletics, rugby and netball at 16 under-resourced schools.
International volunteers work with us to lend their support to our programmes and change lives in the process.
Our Siyakhula programmes support social enterprise development, with the Careers, Employability and Entrepreneurship reaching 1375 students.
The Green Futures College provides horticultural, field ranging and hospitality training to members of neighbouring communities.
The Agulhas Green Corridor project is working to connect the Walker Bay Fynbos Conservancy with the Agulhas National Park.
Through our ecological research on Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, we have identified 806 unique types of fynbos.