Sabi Sabi has always endeavoured to focus its community involvement on projects that benefit and involve staff, their families and respective communities. To the west Sabi Sabi borders Ximungwe district of the Bushbuckridge municipality (encompassing the rural Shangaan villages of Huntington, Lillydale and Justicia) where many of our staff live. Lodge staff employed by Sabi Sabi support a high number of dependents in these communities, representing tangible benefits that extend beyond the boundaries of our protected area. The Sabi Sabi Foundation aims to provide additional support for these communities by growing custodians of our natural heritage in general through education, employment and conservation.

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Current Projects

The Sabi Sabi Foundation represents four decades of defining and refining this model of successfully integrating these cornerstones (ecotourism, conservation and community) and putting them into practice. Our historical involvement has spanned initiatives ranging from establishing the Lillydale education centre through to Teach the Teachers. The Sabi Sabi Foundation strives to be able to contribute to solving these challenges and to be part of conservation of both community, culture and nature for all future generations.

The Sabi Sabi Foundation currently supports the following ongoing projects:

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New Projects

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Water Supply Project

Little girl posing at water tap

It is apparent that the supply of potable water is an essential need in many of our neighbouring communities. Unfortunately, the supply of water is a major challenge given the historical deficiencies in architecture and developmental neglect within the community areas surrounding the reserve. Water supply remains a stark challenge and again is brought to light given the overriding importance of strict hand-washing and hygiene requirements in the current pandemic.

Fortunately, a solution to this quandary exists – and the innovative technology has been pioneered and tested by a remarkable not-for-profit company Innovation: Africa.

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We welcome any questions you may have in support of our various initiatives, should you wish to be involved, or make a donation. Please make contact with the Sabi Sabi Foundation and we will guide you through the process and answer any queries you may have.


Alternatively, please complete the Contact Form and we will have our Trust Administrator make contact with you directly.

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