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The Timbavati environmental school is actively involved in various sustainability programs in neighbouring communities as well as in outreach and educational programmes in primary schools and high schools. A core focus is to educate on best environmental practices.

Our Mission

The Timbavati foundation, which was registered in 2010, is an independent Capital Trust Fund and has its vision firmly rooted in the spirit of Ubuntu.
Ubuntu, one of the founding principles of the new South Africa and a concept that exemplifies both Nelspon Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, encapsulates the true essence of being a human.

According to Nelson Mandela, Ubuntu is about generosity, the need for unity and for a humanitarian ethic to inform our decisions. Ubuntu speaks about the interconnectedness and the fact that you cannot exist as a human being in isolation. We are not just individuals separated from one another; what we do affects others which in turn affects the whole world.”

The Timbavati environmental school aims to promote environmental and conservation awareness as well as give access to the wildlife economy through in-field experiences. The learners also have the opportunity to visit the Graeme Naylor natural history museum. Read more about it here.

Our Vision

The primary objective of the Timbavati Foundation is to reach out and provide funding for educational, training and sustainability programmes for underprivileged communities around the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve.

The Foundation has four pillars to retain its focus:

Conservation and environmental awareness
Community upliftment and social care
Health care



People now have water due to borehole installations.


Meals given annually to school students


Schools accommodated annually at the Environmental School.


Students benefit from veggie gardens for self-sustenance.


Students have rain harvesting water equipment for veggie gardens.


Students now have safe and hygienic toilets.


Students have visited the Graeme Naylor Natural History Museum as part of ongoing educational programme.


Since the year 2010, the Timbavati Foundation has been assisting the communities of Bushbuckridge where the greatest needs have been identified. The projects impact the local communities, schools and vulnerable senior citizens. We are in partnership currently with 32 senior and 32 junior schools, as well as an old age home in the Arthurseat district.


Education and Environmental Awareness:

Future Rangers Programme
Timbavati Bush School
Perma-gardening skills
Outreach education programmes

Health and sanitation:

Referbishment of ablution facilities at schools
New enviro-loos installations
Phelwane clinic
Hlokomela clinic

Food and water security:

Stalling of boreholes and equipment
Rain water tanks
Netted vegetable gardens