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.
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.
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:
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:
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.