Conservation and Environmental Awareness

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 is to promote environmental and conservation awareness and ecotourism, which includes maintaining the environmental school and expanding teacher workshops at local schools.


Pupils are given an assignment to create a permagarden within their community/school. This project takes a year and special emphasis is placed on erosion control, tidiness, recycling and sustainability. Some of the gardens have become an important food source for the community and augment Government feeding schemes as well as engendering a sense of pride and achievement within the community. Winners get a free trip to the Kruger National Park and the best students go on to do a course at the nearby Southern African Wildlife College, a SADC recognized centre of specialization. A number of promising students have also undergone hospitality training at the Graaff-Reinet College of Tourism.