We are committed to sustainability in everything we do every day across all our operations. Also, engaging with our neighbouring communities offering formal in-class and in-location education with palaeoanthropology and conservation being the key pillars to ensure that this UNESCO World Heritage site is preserved forever.

We adhere to strict self-imposed green codes designed to guarantee best conservation practice. Sustainability is the cornerstone principle of all hospitality offerings within The Greater Cradle Nature Reserve and is based on creating food production on the land, from the land via the principle of non-invasive and organic methodology.

No single-use plastic is used on the property. Our waste management systems see all kitchen refuse separated, processed, re-used or sold in accordance with world best practice methods. Water is responsibly managed – all drinking water is sourced and bottled on the property from boreholes. Every effort is made on site to ensure that no toxic cleaning agents or detergents are used, so that the grey water happily irrigates our indigenous gardens. The majority of food is sourced on the property, or hyper-locally.


In summary, we pride ourselves on the following:


  • Ecological Balance: Regarding water conservation, all sourcing of our water is done on the property from boreholes and streams. We use a wetland filtration system for our swimming pool and, since we use only non-toxic cleaning agents, grey water irrigates our indigenous gardens.
  • We are actively involved in wildlife conservation, keeping many indigenous species on the property. including sable, eland, blesbok, wildebeest, gemsbok, zebra, impala, koedoe, waterbuck, roan antelope, brown hyena, leopard, jackal and giraffe.
  • Keen on heritage conservation we are home to the Malapa Museum, (built in partnership with paleoanthropologist Professor Lee Berger’s Foundation, National Geographic and the Malapa Motsetse Foundation) that houses fossils, found on our property, that tells the story of the origins of man.
  • We conduct guest tours to the active anthropological fossil sites found on the property.
  • Our policy is to hire locally with the majority of our staff sourced from our local communities.
  • We attempt to hyper-locally source all food that we do not produce ourselves.
  • Education is the cornerstone of our business: our staff, members of surrounding communities and school children visit our museum and fossil sites.
  • We conduct in-classroom lectures on conservation and palaeoanthropology to over 20 high schools in our community annually.
  • Part of our social development programme includes feeding schemes with our neighbouring communities.
  • We have involved our local neighbouring communities in the fight against poaching.



As Alien Plant Invasion Eradication Manager for the Greater Cradle Nature Reserve, Wendy Maduwa and her team work tirelessly to free this land where time began from alien plants that threaten to invade it.

Wendy Maduwa is responsible for presenting both in-class and in-the-field presentations to local community schools covering conservation and paleo awareness.

Our Own Honey Production


Desmond Sibiya is our beekeeper in charge of 25 beehives. He supplies the Hotel outlets and sells his 100% pure Wild Honey to guests.
All processing of the honey is done on site to guarantee purity of the honey.

Aquaponics Farming


Manager Len Wilsenach and hotel chef Sam Ramokoka inspects daily trout order for the hotel in the Aquaponics Tunnel Farm.

The team selects daily hotel requirements off a range of salads, tomatoes, and cucumbers

Our Community Engagement

Wendy Maduwa and Louise Butler head up our community engagement team and are responsible for soup kitchens, vegetable harvesting and donations to informal settlements in our area.

They also liaise with our corporate clients at the hotel to direct donations to pre-identified recipients in our community. Notable projects have been the donation of 28 bicycles, food hampers and sanitary products for girls.



Waste Management


Recycling of ALL hotel waste, glass, cardboard, paper tins and food waste is processed on-site. Nothing goes to waste!
Waste, like bottles, are crushed on site, baled and sold, paper products are baled and sold, and food waste is treated with Bokashi and sent to the compost farm.

All profit earned from our commercial hospitality offering is ploughed back into preserving this ancient land that birthed us all – in perpetuity. Help us keep the sustainability dream alive and ensure that this place of our origin remains untouched forever. Support us: Donate NOW to Malapa Motsetse Foundation Trust

Malapa Motsetse Foundation Trust
First National Bank
Account number 62546001984
Branch Code 260202
Business Account

Malapa Motsetse Foundation NPO 154-160