To Conserve & Uplift

The Grootbos Foundation is a non-profit organisation that implements conservation and community projects and supports communities that neighbour Grootbos Private Nature Reserve just outside Gansbaai. The Grootbos Foundation strives to empower local communities through sustainable livelihood development using ecotourism, enterprise development and sports for development programming. Projects include Siyakhula, Green Futures and the Football Foundation. For continued growth, the Grootbos Foundation is reliant on donors, sponsors and partnerships.

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The Grootbos Foundation is a non-profit organisation that was established in 2003, to implement conservation and community upliftment projects to support the communities surrounding Grootbos Private Nature Reserve. 

  • Conserving, rehabilitating and protecting the natural environment of the Western Cape region, particularly the flora and fauna on Grootbos Private Nature Reserve and the Walker Bay region
  • Providing education relating to indigenous horticulture, agriculture, conservation, ecotourism, greening and life skills education
  • Training and skills development for disadvantaged persons to enable them to obtain employment or become self-employed
  • Using sports and sports facilities as a tool for social integration, promoting healthy lifestyles for youth, and increasing environmental awareness and life skills amongst communities
  • Researching ecological, educational, social and scientific research on topics related to our core programmes
  • Developing sustainable and innovative solutions to tackle the issue of food insecurity.
  • Protecting and supporting vulnerable communities in meaningful ways during the Covid 19 pandemic
Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

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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 885 plant species while observing the birds, animals and amphibians that live in them.


Botanist and Conservation Director 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 885 plants were identified, seven of which were new to science, namely:

  1. Erica magnisylvae
  2. Cliffortia anthospermoides
  3. Lachenalia lutzeyeri
  4. Pterygodium vermiferum
  5. Capnophyllum lutzeyeri
  6. Dasispermum grandicarpum
  7. Indigofera wenholdiae

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



The Grootbos Foundation’s Siyakhula project focuses on uplifting the communities within the Cape Floral Kindom that neighbour Grootbos Private Nature Reserve:

  • Early Childhood Development
  • Careers
  • Employability
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Food Security
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Green Futures

Green Futures

The Grootbos Foundation’s Green Futures project 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 Grootbos Foundation’s Football Foundation focuses on:

  • Multi-Sports Programming (soccer, athletics, hockey, canoeing, swimming)
  • Holiday Programmes
  • Grassroots HIV / AIDS Awareness
  • Educational Programmes
  • Shewana Female Empowerment Programme
Awards & Mentions

Awards & Mentions

The 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

The Grootbos Foundation thanks their donors, partners and sponsors:

  • 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

The 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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