Growing The Future

Grootbos Foundation is a non-profit organisation, based in Gansbaai, that was established with the vision of conserving the Cape Floral Kingdom and uplifting the communities within it. The foundation strives to develop sustainable livelihoods through ecotourism as well as enterprise development, sports development and essential education. Many of Grootbos Foundation’s projects generate an income or are partially self-sustaining but rely on donors, partners, and sponsors for continued growth. Furthermore, Grootbos Foundation offers long and short term volunteering opportunities to both local and international applicants.

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The Grootbos Foundation is a non-profit organisation that was established in 2003. The foundation manages Grootbos Private Nature Reserve’s upliftment programmes. 

  1. Conservation of the biodiversity of Grootbos and its surroundings.
  2. Development of sustainable nature-based livelihoods through ecotourism.
  3. Research, management and education.
  1. Engaging in conservation, rehabilitation and protection of the natural environment, including flora and fauna on Grootbos and in the Cape floristic region.
  2. Promotion of education and training programmes relating to environmental awareness, greening, clean-up and sustainable development projects.
  3. Provision of education by an adult education college aligned with the Agricultural Seta, including horticulture, conservation, ecotourism and life-skills education.
  4. Training unemployed women in sustainable agriculture and life skills development to enable graduates to grow and sell produce.
  5. Research on the conservation, rehabilitation and protection of the natural environment.
  6. Development of sports facilities as a tool to integrate society, provide a healthy lifestyle for the youth and promote environmental awareness amongst all communities.
  7. Development of an indigenous plant nursery that generates an income for the above activities.
  8. Distribution of income received from donors to pursue the above activities.
Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve


Grootbos Private Nature Reserve is set on 2,500-hectares in the smallest of the six recognised floral kingdoms of the world, the Cape Floral Kingdom. The reserve provides a unique chance to immerse oneself in the fynbos and forests that feature over 800 plant species while observing the birds, animals and amphibians that live in them.

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Botanist Sean Privett and the late Heiner Lutzeyer explored, recorded and photographed the region’s flora for more than a decade, resulting in one of the most detailed botanical studies ever undertaken in the Cape Floral Kingdom.

A collection of 465 plants were identified, six of which were new to science, namely the:

  1. Erica magnisylvae
  2. Cliffortia anthospermoides
  3. Lachenalia Lutzeyeri
  4. Pterygodium vermiferum
  1. Capnophyllum Lutzeyeri
  2. Dasispermum grandicarpum
  3. Indigofera cucullata

Find out more about this sustainable eco-reserve and its award-winning lodges, villas and experiences, here: Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

Siyakhula (Growing the Future)

Siyakhula (Growing the Future)

Siyakhula (Growing the Future) focuses on:

  • Early Childhood Development
  • Community Farming
  • Careers
  • Employability
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Farming (Growing the Future)  
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Green Futures

Green Futures

Green Futures focuses on the education and upliftment of the local community and the conservation of the area they call home.

  • Green Futures College
  • Eco-Tourism Training
  • Hospitality Training
  • Indigenous Fynbos Nursery
  • Alien Vegetation Management Training
  • Future Trees
  • Protected Environment Project
  • Walker Bay Fynbos Conservancy
  • Ecosystem Restoration
  • Ecological Research (botanical, faunal, entomological)
Football Foundation

Football Foundation


The Football Foundation focuses on:

  • Multi-Sports Programming (soccer, athletics, hockey, canoeing, swimming)
  • Holiday Programmes
  • Grassroots HIV / AIDS Awareness
  • Educational Programmes (Dibanisa Environmental Education, Integration, Food 4 Sport, Feeding Scheme)
  • Female Empowerment
Volunteer Programmes

Volunteer Programmes

Grootbos Foundation has programmes for volunteers wanting to leave a lasting footprint in South Africa. Meet like-minded people, conserve, teach and develop valuable skills on your unique and truly rewarding journey!


Applicants must be 18+ years and have:

  • People Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Computer Skills


  • Accommodation 
  • Activities
  • South African SIM Card (for your mobile phone)
  • Use of Communal Volunteer Car 
  • Social Evenings and Cultural Activities
  • Transfers (to and from Cape Town International Airport)
  • Certificate of Recognition 
  • Reference Letters (on request)

Placements run all year round, which allows for flexibility on start dates.

Contact Grootbos Foundation directly for more information about becoming a volunteer. 

Awards & Mentions

Awards & Mentions

Grootbos Foundation proudly carries the following awards and mention:

Imvelo Travel 
  • Imvelo
Condé Nast Traveller 
  • Condé Nast Traveller’s Annual Green List
World Travel & Tourism Council
  • Best in Poverty Reduction
Responsible Tourism Awards 
  • Best for Conservation of an Endangered Species
World Travel & Tourism Council 
  • Tourism for Tomorrow Awards (finalist)


Donors, Partners & Sponsors

Donors, Partners & Sponsors

Grootbos Foundation thanks:

  • Abi 
  • Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries
  • Alster Grootbos Hockey Project
  • Asics
  • Breede & Capelle
  • British High Commission
  • Cape Peninsula University of Technology
  • Coaches Across Continents
  • Crayfish Lodge 
  • Dyer Island Conservation Trust
  • Eden Project
  • Environmental Affairs
  • Flower Valley Conservation Trust
  • Friends International
  • Grassroot Soccer
  • Grootbos Private Nature Reserve
  • Ker & Downey
  • Murray & Roberts
  • National Lotteries Commission
  • New Balance
  • Overstrand Municipality
  • Premier League
  • Rotary International
  • RTL
  • Swiss Re Foundation
  • Taurus Cape Kelp
  • The Cape Wine Auction Trust
  • The Independent Code
  • The Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund
  • Walker Bay Fynbos Conservancy
  • WWvK
  • Youthzones

A special word of thanks goes to private individuals from around the world for their donations, each cent makes a difference!  

Donate Now

Donate Now

Grootbos Foundation thanks you for your valuable donation: 

  • R100 - Student’s Gardening Tools
  • R350 - Plant a Tree 
  • R220 - Buy a Grootbos Field Guide 
  • R1,000 - Donate a Student Uniform 
  • R1,500 - Donate a Child's Sports Kit 

Banking details:

Grootbos Green Futures Foundation
First National Bank (Hermanus)
Branch code: 200412
Current account number: 62064420856
Swift Code: FIRNZAJJ

Charity Reg: 2003/014519/08



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