The Grootbos Foundation is a non-profit organization, dedicated to transforming communities and promoting conservation through the creation of sustainable livelihoods and active citizenship. They aim to conserve the unique Cape Floral Kingdom and to develop sustainable livelihoods through ecotourism, enterprise development, sports development and education by implementing replicable and scalable sustainable project models designed to assist the surrounding communities. Many of the projects proudly generate their own income and/or are partially self-sustaining.
The Green Futures College offers an Eco-Tourism and Hospitality Curriculum to 10-12 local unemployed women each year, empowering and equipping them to create sustainable income for themselves and their extended families. Green Futures started as a dream of the Lutzeyer family, owners of Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, to train people from local communities and to find work for them in fynbos landscaping and horticulture. As part of their practical work, students are involved in growing and caring for the plants that will ultimately be sold and the funds generated are reinvested into the project. Each student graduates with an internationally recognized Lobster Ink certification which is highly sought after by the eco-tourism sector.
The Football Foundation is the flagship sports program and was founded to promote sport for social development aiming to uplift communities by empowering individuals through accredited skills training and leadership opportunities. It also promotes education, health, social integration and participation through sports.
For every trip booked to South Africa, a donation is made by Ker & Downey to support the programs of the Grootbos Foundation. Visit the Grootbos Foundation website for more information about their projects.
Experience Grootbos and participate in volunteer opportunities while on A South Africa Family Safari.