Help support those who care for our Nature
There is no registration fee to participate in the festival, instead we invite you make a donation to an organization of your choice from the list below of dedicated conservation, non-profit organizations and nature projects on the Garden Route.
Please indicate the amount you wish to donate and the name of the organization you are supporting when you make your first walk booking, in the comments section of the booking form.
Nature’s Valley Trust
The Nature’s Valley Trust is a small community driven NPO working at the cutting edge of integrated conservation in South Africa. We operate in four main arenas, namely Conservation, Education, Community and Research.
Garden Route Bioshpere Reserve
Work undertaken in the GRBR partnership through the C.A.P.E. programme includes systematic fine scale biodiversity planning, consolidating protected areas in the critical lowlands and marine areas, promoting conservation stewardship among private landowners, and working towards promoting growth in the number of jobs, training and entrepreneurial opportunities through biodiversity management, sustainable natural resource use and responsible tourism.
At Garden Route Initiative, we have a multi-disciplinary team of qualified professionals and volunteers that ensure that our efforts to conserve the environment are sustainable and effective.
Garden Route Botanical Gardens Trust
Curate and build up the herbarium collection. Establish facilities for research and education to the broadest possible spectrum of the community. House and catalogue the Herbarium collections in accordance with herbaria norms worldwide. Develop awareness of the flora of the region, and identify the importance of the flora to enable communities to gain a better understanding of the value of regional flora with regard to environmental health. Instill a better conservation ethic in the region to the benefit of the community and the environment as a whole.
Plettenberg Bay Community Environment Forum
The Plettenberg Bay Community Environment Forum is a registered non-profit organization, made up of a group of concerned individuals and environmental organizations. The Forum has been involved in the protection of the environment and promotion of sustainable development in the Bitou Municipal area (Plettenberg Bay and surrounds) since 1996.
Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa
WESSA is a leading implementer of high-impact environmental and conservation initiatives in South Africa. We are a trusted and effective project partner with a proud, 90 year history of enabling individuals and organisations to use natural resources sustainably. The priority areas of our work include the international eco-labels of Eco-Schools, Blue Flag and Green Key; environmental education and skills development training; the conservation of life-supporting biodiversity and water resources; climate change mitigation and adaptation; and environmental governance.
Pledge Nature Reserve
Pledge Nature Reserve was declared in terms of a Provincial Government Gazette Notice of 11 October 1991 a Local Nature Reserve and covers approximately 10ha and is administered by the Pledge Nature Reserve Trust Nowadays it is hard to believe that less than a century ago this green heart of Knysna had been reduced to a brickfield and thereafter used as a dumping ground, which sullied the once clear streams. Concerned townsfolk were instrumental in having the Reserve proclaimed and negotiated a long term lease with the Knysna Municipality. What followed was a concerted and eventually highly successful, attempt to eradicate alien vegetation and restore the place to its original natural splendour.
Knysna Basin Project
Knysna Basin Project is a scientifically based non-profit organisation focused on continued research in the Knysna Basin.
We aim to create and stimulate public and learner awareness and appreciation of the estuary.
Eden to Addo Corridor Initiative
The vision is to link three mega-reserves, namely the Garden Route National Park, The Baviaanskloof Mega Reserve and the Addo Elephant National Park by means of natural corridors to protect and restore the integrity of bio-diversity and eco-system functioning. We assist and engage landowners and all stakeholders to identify and develop a living corridor from Eden to Addo by applying sound land-use practices, encouraging a diversity of environmentally sustainable livelihoods and linking ecological important areas , for the benefit of biodiversity and the extended community.
Plett Hope Spot
What a wonderful place we live in! Gorgeous beaches, mountains, rivers, fynbos, forest and ocean – a natural wonderland with wonderful people, what more can we ask for? Plett has everything going for it and that is one of the reasons why Plett has been chosen as one of only six international Hope Spots in South Africa – an exciting global initiative that we can now be a part of. And the reality is, that we can be the best Hope Spot in the world not only because of the natural beauty that is Plett, but also because of the dynamic, innovative people that live here.
The ORCA Foundation is part of a volunteer community dedicated to marine conservation in South Africa, and like many conservation projects depends on the willingness of others to contribute their time and dedication to furthering the volunteer and conservation ethics that go hand in hand for a better future.
Awareness forms the foundation of what we do here at Brackenburn, this is why the C.R.E.W. is doing in-situ educational programmes with schools and various other groups. We also do outreaches – the invaluable resource of taking selected animals and props to other facilities; teaching in your own back yard, so to speak.
In addition to this we are working with local communities, conservancies and home-owners; building awareness for, and understanding, the far-reaching effects of such issues as littering, pesticides, and poaching.
The vision of BirdLife South Africa is to see a country and region where nature and people live in greater harmony, more equitably and sustainably. BirdLife South Africa’s mission is to strive to conserve birds, their habitats and biodiversity through scientifically-based programmes, through supporting the sustainable and equitable use of natural resources and through encouraging people to enjoy and value nature.
Green Sport Foundation
Our mission is four-fold: To create opportunities for participation in nature based sport and recreational activities. To educate participants about the importance of conserving our natural environment. To aid the development of nature based (green) sports. To create awareness about the dangers of a passive, modern lifestyle.
Garden Route Walking Festival
Our festival is really a community effort and the costs involved in making this event happen are limited by the sponsorship we can raise. Should you wish to support this event into the future and help us increase our reach in promoting the Garden Route as a world class walking and trails destination, please feel free to make a donation.