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Grootbos Nature Reserve

South Africa’s Cape Floristic Region is the smallest of the world’s six floral kingdoms. Yet despite covering just 0.5 % of Africa, the region is home to nearly 20 % of the continent’s flora. The luxury lodge Grootbos manages 2,500 hectares in this region, with 785 indigenous plant species recorded on the reserve, of which 117 are species of conservation concern and seven endemic to Grootbos. Meanwhile it has designed its stewardship of the land to also bring uplift to impoverished communities that live nearby. 95% of its staff comes from these communities. Its Growing the Future project provides skills development in organic agriculture, sustainable animal husbandry and beekeeping. And its GreenBox planting system enables 200 households to produce their own food.

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