Kids heading off for a game drive in the bush

The charitable Knyphausen Foundation for Sustainability, Conservation and Education was established in November 2015 by Theda Gräfin Knyphausen.

It focuses on Botswana and runs projects which are mainly aimed at children and young adults.

The Knyphausen Foundation aims to use education and training to encourage people to be responsible with their environment. It does this through its own projects, such as scholarships for future safari guides.


Botswana is a country of outstanding natural beauty and impressive wildlife. Nature reserves cover 39% of its land, more than in any other African country. Botswana has the highest elephant population in the world, along with the largest inland delta in the world, the Okavango Delta.

However, Botswana is facing some serious issues, such as its high rate of HIV/AIDS and the large number of orphans in the country.

Theda and grace on a mokoro in the Okavango Delta
Theda and Grace at her graduation

Theda Gräfin Knyphausen has been entranced by the beauty of Botswana since visiting the country in 2012. She set up the Safari provider CONSAFARITY, which specialises in tailor-made safaris with added value, before establishing the Knyphausen Foundation in 2015. 3% from every booking made with CONSAFARITY goes towards the work of the Knyphausen Foundation. Theda Gräfin Knyphausen runs the projects of the foundation in cooperation with local representatives and supervises the work  on the ground herself.

She spends most of the year living and working in Maun, Botswana, the main hub for tourists looking to explore the Okavango Delta and the country’s other national parks.

I want to help children and young adults here in Botswana to appreciate and protect the environment which surrounds them. The main tool I use to bring about long-term change in the thoughts and behaviour of children and young adults is education and training.

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