Singita’s 100-year purpose is to preserve and protect large areas of African wilderness for future generations.
The brand’s ethos of touching the earth lightly is underpinned by its sustainable conservation model that helps to balance tourism with conservation – which is imperative for the survival of the land, wildlife and communities under its care.
Hunting and rampant poaching across Africa over the years has wiped out local wildlife populations and in turn plunged surrounding communities into poverty. Singita’s far-sighted work in South Africa alongside the Singita Lowveld Trust supports access to quality education, including holistic early childhood education, digital learning and scholarships. It also includes enterprise development to help communities create alternative sources of income, as well as environmental awareness initiatives to ensure the success of conservation efforts.
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South Africa – Singita Lowveld Trust
Rhino Orphan Rehabilitation & Rewilding
Singita Sabi Sand
As part of the Singita Lowveld Trust’ ongoing commitment to conservation and Annual Sponsorship Agreement with Care for Wild (the world’s largest orphan rhino sanctuary), it is covering the annual cost of care to support Mavic, a rhino calf orphaned by a brutal poaching attack on his mother. Mavic’s remarkable rescue operation has inspired a renewed focus and interest on the importance of pivotal conservation efforts in the region – and his rehabilitation will build up his strength and confidence on the path to rewilding. Through his three-year journey at Care for Wild, Mavic and other rhino orphans who’ve suffered similar fates will ultimately help to ensure the survival of the species.
Guardians of our Wildlife
Singita Sabi Sand / Singita Kruger National Park
Maintaining the integrity of our reserves and the fragile ecosystems that exist within them is a primary concern for the Singita Lowveld Trust conservation team, with anti-poaching operations as a critical part of our effort to stem the tide of this illicit trade. Nothing can substitute the well-trained, well-motivated and well-resourced team of anti-poaching scouts, however, through innovative deployment of high-tech modern technology, we can significantly increase their effectiveness. In addition, the K9 Anti-Poaching Unit in Singita Sabi Sand is essential in an ongoing quest to stay one step ahead of rhino poachers in Singita’s 45,000-acre concession. Patrols are conducted 24 hours per day throughout the year by professional handlers with tracker dogs, trained to track both animals and humans. The permanent presence of highly skilled sniffer dogs is also helping to shift the focus from reactive to proactive law enforcement, catching poachers before they have succeeded in killing wildlife. Furthermore, detection dogs sniff out weapons and other poaching tools, thereby reducing future poaching incidents.
Singita Community Culinary School
Singita Kruger National Park
Enables local, trainee chefs to qualify – after a year-long programme – with an internationally recognised City & Guilds qualification. Students receive theoretical and practical training, a stipend, uniform and equipment. Employment is facilitated – either at a Singita lodge kitchen or at other lodges in the Kruger National Park – on graduation.
Holistic Early Childhood Development Support
Singita Sabi Sand / Kruger National Park
Through the Singita Holistic Early Childhood Development Support programme, children are supported to fully develop in physical, cognitive, psychological and social domains. Principals, teachers and parents receive valuable training and and the ECD Resource Drive, made possible by donations from Singita guests, provides the books, educational toys, creative arts and fantasy kits, and outdoor and indoor equipment needed to make each classroom a centre of excellence where children make great strides towards reaching full potential.
Local Community Partnerships
Singita Sabi Sand
In partnership with the Good Work Foundation (GWF), this programme delivers digital-era literacy education and career training via community-driven digital learning centres of excellence, of which there are currently five around the Sabi Sand area. Singita recently strengthened its partnership with GWF via a three-year commitment to the Justicia Digital Learning Campus (JDLC), located in the village closest to Singita Sabi Sand.
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