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Our Foundation is non-profit and makes use of generous donations received from corporate donors and governmental organisations, as well as Grootbos Lodge guests and other private individuals. Our funding is well supplemented by income generated by our various projects, such as our on-site nursery and landscaping businesses, and the sale of produce from Siyakhula Organic Farm. All funds are invested through the Foundation into implementing our conservation, sports and development projects.

The Grootbos Foundation is completely responsible for the management and facilitation of all projects in our portfolio. This model harnesses the practical expertise within our organisation and effectively delivers on the objectives of our partners – donors, funders and public bodies. Opportunities around corporate social responsibility and experiential learning can be crafted to ensure that donors derive maximum value; and we strive to employ a Public Private Partnership approach at all times.  

The Grootbos Foundation is a registered Section 21, non-profit company (#2003/014519/08) that is audited annually by the international auditing firm KPMG.

We are also registered as Public Benefit Organisation: PBO 930023319.

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Our Foundation has been both shortlisted and the recipient of a number of prestigious awards:

  • 2016 Finalist: National Geographic World Legacy Awards – Engaging Communities
  • 2015 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards Finalist
  • 2015 Finalist: World Responsible Tourism Awards - Poverty Reduction Category
  • 2015 We Are Africa Innovation Awards Winner - Experience Africa
  • 2015 We Are Africa Innovation Awards Winner - Engage Africa
  • 2015: African Responsible Tourism Awards - "Best in Poverty Reduction" in Partnership with the Grootbos Private Nature Reserve
  • 2013: Our Dibanisa Environmental Programme makes official shortlist for the “Beyond Sport Awards”. (The Beyond Sport Awards promote, support and reward the best projects across the globe that use sport for positive social change. See: http://www.beyondsport.org/awards)
  • 2013: Gansbaai “Spaces for Sports” site wins the Sports facilities and public spaces Grant at the 15th International Olympic Committee Conference on Sport for All
  • 2013: Gansbaai “Breaking Barriers” programme shortlisted for the Virgin Active Sports Awards: Best Community Programme 
  • 2012: The Football Foundation’s Gansbaai project highlighted as a “Spotlight Project” at the Beyond Sport Awards
  • 2011: Mail & Guardian’s “Greening the Future” award – special commendation Green Futures
  • 2011: Overstrand Municipality Mayoral Award – Environmental Conservation Award
  • 2011: Football Foundation receives the ‘Highly Commended” award for the International Innovation Prize from the World Leisure Organization for our community development programme.
  • 2010: The Gansbaai Communal Sport Centre wins the prestigious Mail & Guardian “Investing in the Future” awards in the “Sports Development” category. 


In addition, our partner, the Grootbos Private Nature Reserve has been the recipient of numerous industry-related awards linked to our work:


  •     2014 - We Are Africa Innovation Award
  •     2010 - The Good Safari Guide: Best Ecological Safari Property in Africa
  •     2009 - Amarula Best Retreats in Africa Award: Winner: Most innovative Retreat in Africa
  •     2009 - GEO Saison “Green Palm” for Michael Lutzeyer
  •     2008 - The Good Safari Guide: Best Community Property in Africa
  •     2008 - Finalist: Tourism for Tomorrow Awards
  •     2007 - Responsible Tourism Award: Best for Conservation of an Endangered Species
  •     2006 - Condé Nast Traveler’s annual Green List
  •     2004 - Responsible Tourism Award: Best protection of endangered species
  •     2003 - Imvelo Overall Winner for Responsible Tourism
  •     2003 - Imvelo Best Environmental Management Program Award 
  •     2001 - The Iris Darnton Award: for International Nature Conservation
  •     2001 - MTN & Western Cape Tourism: Winner – Eco-Tourism experience of the year
  •     2000 - British Awards: Tourism for Tomorrow, Protected Areas and National Parks - Highly Commended