Giving Back

Visitors to South Africa are charmed by the beauty of our landscape, the warmth of our people, and the depth of our culture. As South Africans, we have much to celebrate, and at Ellerman House, we want our guests to experience the best of what this country has to offer.

To create this experience, we have an indigenous garden, serve only South African wine and cuisine, and have a renowned collection of local art representing the best of past and present. We also employ a diverse staff that provides guests with the warmest in true South African hospitality.

To further our community contribution, we’ve committed ourselves to improving the lives of those less fortunate than us. Ellerman House has created ArtAngels, an annual fundraising art auction, hosted on site. All proceeds are channelled through the Click Foundation, our family foundation established in 2010. The partners of the Click Foundation uses the funds raised each year to expand the reach of community pilot programs.

Should you wish to be involved in helping us make a difference, the team at Ellerman House will be happy to assist you. Through your involvement and generosity, you will share in the joy, excitement and pride of being part of this exciting country, where we can all make a difference in forging a brighter future for South Africans.
– Paul Harris – Owner

The Click Foundation

For 4 years THE CLICK FOUNDATION has been implementing an online self-paced literacy programme to primary school learners across South Africa. They have 13,000 learners, across 4 provinces, in 42 underprivileged schools gaining access to reading and computer skills from as early as 5 years old.

For more information, visit the Click Foundation.


Ellerman House ArtAngels is a charity auction held in Cape Town each year for the benefit of the Click Foundation and their implementation partners. At each event there’s a limited auction of fine art pieces – kindly donated by some of South Africa’s leading artists – plus raffle draws, prizes, food, wine and music.

Great Plains

It all started when five individuals in their 50’s pooled their considerable skills and experience to create innovative, world-class conservation projects in diverse and threatened habitats throughout Africa. Paul Harris, owner of Ellerman House is one of the five individuals and we work closely with Great Plains Conservation, in any areas possible. Their mission is to find the right formula of conservation, communities and commerce that would make a lasting, sustainable difference to the world’s iconic wildlife and wildernesses.
The model takes stressed and threatened environments, surrounds them with compassionate protection and intelligent, sustainable management, and funds them with sensitive, low-volume, low-impact, tourism. Communities are an intrinsic part of this model and benefit directly from it. The final piece of the puzzle is the guests, our clients – who pay to visit the camps we create, and through doing so, become our valued partners and agents of positive change.
Great Plains is first and foremost a conservation organization that uses eco tourism as a tool to sustain conservation programs. They coined a new name for what they do – “Conservation Tourism” – and define it as the use of quality led tourism experiences that are environmentally sound, with the benefits going specifically into making the conservation of an area viable and sustainable.

For more information please visit Great Plains Conservation.