The Stellenbosch Trail Fund is a community organisation that maintains several of our town’s world class natural resources, including the upper reaches of the Eerste River and hiking, biking and running trails in and around Stellenbosch. Our stewardship is funded by both private and corporate donors and extends beyond the physical landscape, to the facilitation of skills development and creation of economic opportunities in outdoor recreation and tourism for our local communities.
A registered non-profit organisation (NPO), STF is entirely funded by donations from local trail users and corporate sponsors. Since 2011, our aim has been to create, improve and maintain hiking, biking and running trails in and around Greater Stellenbosch. Over 50 km of trails have been built and maintained in the last six years.
Our origins as a community organisation, managed and coordinated by local volunteers who care deeply about their town and its inhabitants, have led naturally to the expansion of our activities – for example, into stewardship of a 4,5km section of the Eerste River under the Stellenbosch Municipality’s Stellenbosch River Stewardship Action. We have also opened our trail guide academy and are presently equipping our guides with the qualifications and skills that they need to create their own economic opportunities from our world class natural resources.