About Thornybush Community

In 2005, Thornybush created Inzalo Community Project T/A Thornybush Community Project, a registered non-profit organisation, with the objective of nurturing and uplifting its surrounding local communities, adjacent to the protected area’s.

Located on the Western Boarder of the Greater Kruger National Park and on the boundary of the Northern Sabi Sand Game Reserve, the Thornybush Community Projects had mainly focused its work in two Villages, Uthla and its smaller neighbouring community Dixie. In late 2019, a new geographical area was identified in Acornhoek, which has allowed for some exciting partnership additions. 

Over the years, the focus area’s have expanded and the Thornybush Community Project has found itself as a contributor in both the NPO sector and a supporter of various community initiatives. 

Thornybush Community Projects

Our 5 Focus Areas


Thornybush and the South African College of Tourism (SACT) have enjoyed over 12 years of partnership with our aim in placing local and neighbouring community matriculants into the tourism industry.

Our role at Thornybush Community Project is to fund, assist and facilitate the recruitment and application process, by identifying local candidates who show a flair and passion for tourism.

Wild Shots Outreach aims to engage young people from disadvantaged communities in wildlife and wild places through photography. The programme prioritises high school students from government schools and the young unemployed bordering the Kruger National Park.

It teaches new skills, provides an introduction to the natural world and raises the aspirations of these learners – the conservationists of tomorrow.

Since 2014, this co-operative of five women has grown quality herbs, vegetables, and edible flowers on a portion of land leased from the Manyangana High School in Uthla

Thornybush Community Projects assists with the garden’s business strategy, financial and administrative support, sales and marketing efforts and infrastructure development.


The Hananani School Vegetable Garden was gifted in 2014 to Hananani Primary School in Dixie, the closest village to the Sabi Sand Game Reserve’s Northern Gate. The garden’s main purpose is to grow and supply vegetables to the school’s kitchen, which is responsible for providing each of the 253 school children with a balanced, nutritious meal at school every day.

Thornybush Community Projects supports the Manyangana High School, which is situated in the Village of Uthla.  Our support through monthly contributions covers the school’s electricity costs, as well as a stipend to pay for the school’s security. This ensures the school is a safe environment for its 800+ learners. Stationary donations, infrastructure upgrades and volunteer programs are just some of the ways we feel we are able to add value.

We are proud members of Pack for a Purpose, an initiative that allows travellers like you to make a lasting impact in the community at your travel destination. If you save just a few kilos of space in your suitcase and take supplies for the projects we support in need, you’ll make a priceless impact in the lives of our local children and families.

Experience our Community Projects for yourself

We at Thornybush are proud of our community programs which we encourage our guests to embrace in their daily activity choices. Offering community trips and spending time with the local communities is a great way to understand and promote why contributing economical support to our local communities inspires greater conservation efforts.

Learn how the various community projects support education and the livelihoods of our local community

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