"Umuntu Ngumuntu Ngabantu"

A person is a person through/because of (other) people

Uplifting communities through
conservation, education and healthcare

Why the foundation needs your support

The Timbavati Foundation depends on the support of individuals, foundations, trusts and companies to ensure the ongoing success of its various programmes.

The Timbavati Foundation is all about training and equipping young people from neighbouring communities with the skills and competencies to use natural resources sustainably and to excite them about the beauty and complexity of nature.

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The Timbavati Foundation's

Four Pillars of Hope

Conservation & Environmental Awareness

The Timbavati Foundation is actively involved in the Timbavati bush school and various sustainability programmes

Community Upliftment and Social Care

Of people living in communities surrounding the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, also forms an integral part of the foundation’s mandate.


The Bush School was established within the Timbavati Private Nature reserve in 2001 , and has since become a project of the Timbavati Foundation.


The Timbavati Foundation is committed to supporting health care facilities such as the Phelwana clinic situated in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve

To date, the Foundation has initiated and continues to support many programmes within the communities.

These programmes include:

  • Timbavati Foundation Environmental School's Environmental Programme
  • Conservation bursary schemes at the SA Wildlife College
  • Support of the Phelwana Clinic
  • Education on self-sustainability
  • Funding of Healing Hearts NGO to help orphans and destitute people
  • Construction of netted vegetable gardens in local schools
  • Greening of school grounds including planting indigenous trees
  • Various environmental initiatives

The Timbavati

An independent Capital Trust Fund

The Timbavati Foundation 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 Nelson 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. “It doesn’t mean you should not enrich yourself; but whether what you do enables the community around you to improve.” The Zulu maxim umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu (from which the word Ubuntu is derived) means a person is a person through other persons. The Archbishop further explains it brilliantly: “Ubuntu speaks about our 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.”