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

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 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. Ubuntu speaks about 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 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 its focus:

Conservation and environmental awareness
Community upliftment and social care
Health care
The Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
The Timbavati Private Nature Reserve



People now have water due to borehole installations.

The Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
The Timbavati Private Nature Reserve

Meals given annually to school students


Schools accommodated annually at the Environmental School.

The Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
The Timbavati Private Nature Reserve

Students benefit from veggie gardens for self-sustenance.


Students have rain harvesting water equipment for veggie gardens.

The Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
The Timbavati Private Nature Reserve

Students now have safe and hygienic toilets.


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

The Timbavati Private Nature Reserve


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.

With an exceptionally beautiful environmental school only 8km from the nearest community, invites learners to explore the wonders of their natural environment and engage in exciting learning activities over two to three days. Learners too are exposed to the magnificent Graeme Naylor Museum, located at the Timbavati Headquarters and from time to time offered an exciting game drive experience with one of the Timbavati lodges.


Education and Environmental Awareness:

Timbavati Environmental School
Perma-gardening skills
Outreach education programmes
Bursary programme

Health and sanitation:

Refurbishment of ablution facilities at schools
Installation of new enviro-loos
Phelwana clinic
Hlokomela clinic

Food and water security:

Installation of boreholes and equipment
Rainwater tanks
Netted vegetable gardens