African Legacy

Conserving our environment for future generations...


African Legacy is a registered non-profit organisation with a dedicated committee supported by many volunteers and donors all with the same goal in mind. Together we would like to transform as many neglected or derelict areas as possible within our cities into wildlife havens.

Meet the team

The relentless growth of high density housing and office building means we are losing urban tree cover at an unprecedented rate. We cannot stem this flow, but we can create new forest or wildlife gardens. Even the smallest corner can provide an urban haven for wildlife and a green lung for our cities. Every little bit helps!

We started, very modestly, by convincing neighbours to dedicate ever larger portions of their gardens to indigenous trees and more natural, less manicured portions of garden.

We progressed to converting areas of municipal land into communal gardens that provide a natural habitat for wildlife as well as an area where communities can come together to appreciate the gardens.

From here it got trickier as we tried to convince residents to hand over their roadside pavements to us. We are actively seeking new pavements to convert in order to extend our wildlife corridors.

The natural progression from here was to extend into and around city parks. This gives wildlife a chance to find somewhere to rest, breed and feed hopefully unhindered by our modern city.

Let us leave a splendid legacy for our children... let us turn to them and say, "This you inherit; guard it well, for it is far more precious than money, and once destroyed, nature's beauty cannot be repurchased at any price."

Ansel Adams

African Legacy News

What's happening at African Legacy?

Malachite Kingfisher

Sandspruit & Ullmann Park Birds

We now have ninety confirmed bird sightings in Ernest Ullmann Park and along the Sandspruit including a few rarities in Sandtion like the...

Slender Mongoose

Sandspruit & Ullmann Park Animals

We have had some very exciting and surprising animal sightings in Ernest Ullmann Park and along the Sandspruit over the past few years...

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."

Margaret Mead

African Legacy Projects

Sandspruit Walk

Project Sandspruit Walk

This project aims to clear and maintain a 2km path along the Sandspruit River for walkers, bird-watchers and cyclists to enjoy...

Tree Planting

Project Tree Planting

We have planted over 200 indigenous trees in Ernest Ullmann Park and along the Sandspruit, from 3 metre tall Stinkwoods to small Sand....

Project Esprit

Project Esprit

This project involved creating a walkable link along the Sandspruit River adjacent to the boundary of Esprit Estate...

Project G7

Project G7

This was one of our first pavement conversions for a wildlife corridor radiating from the nearby Ernest Ullmann Park into the suburbs...

Alien Invasives

Project Alien Invasives

The Sandspruit has, over many years, become overgrown with alien and extremely invasive shrubs, climbers and trees. It is never popular....

Project M5a

Project M5a after

This is one of our largest private pavement conversion projects for a wildlife corridor that continues from previous projects along the...

Clearing Undergrowth

Project Clearing Undergrowth

The undergrowth along the Sandspruit River has not been cleared for many years, resulting in large areas that have...

More projects

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