Singita’s 100-year purpose is to preserve and protect African wilderness areas for future generations.

Through a sustainable conservation model that helps balance tourism with conservation in all regions in which we operate, Singita’s ethos of “touching the earth lightly” is no longer just a forward-thinking principle; it is imperative to our survival, and that of the land, wildlife and communities under our care.

Hunting and rampant poaching across Africa over the years has wiped out local wildlife populations and in turn plunged surrounding communities into poverty. The far-sighted work that Singita has been involved in, through their independent not-for- profit conservation funds and trusts, combined with an effective management and law-enforcement strategy has helped animal populations across four regions in Africa rebound and grow dramatically, turning our game reserves into the ultimate conservation success story. Communities are cared for through Singita’s wide-ranging development programs which include small business enterprise development, literacy and e-learning technology programs and environmental education to name but a few.

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Empowers Africa has partnered with Singita in order to provide a cost-effective solution to fundraising in the United States by acting as their fiscal sponsor. Any donations made here will be granted to the independent Funds & Trusts that work in partnership with Singita.


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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. Teachers and parents are offered training courses; and the provision of educational materials and stationery is made possible by generous donations from Singita guests.

Read more about the Holistic Early Childhood Development Support Program at singita.com

Scholarship Program

Serengeti – Tanzania

Concentrating on enhancing the quality of education provided to the youth from local communities to equip them with the knowledge and skills needed to pursue rewarding and successful careers has become a key focus area of the Singita Grumeti Fund.

Read more about the Scholarship Program at singita.com

Conservation Education Centre

Pamushana – Zimbabwe

The communities close to Singita’s reserves play a key role in helping us to achieve our conservation goals, and in preserving the integrity of each wilderness area and its ecosystem. Ensuring that communities understand and benefit from the existence of the reserve is an important element of this relationship. Despite living in such close proximity to Pamushana, many have never had the opportunity to view and appreciate the wildlife that we are tirelessly working to protect.

Read more about the Conservation Education Centre at singita.com


South Africa – Singita Lowveld Trust

Singita Community Culinary School

Singita Kruger National Park

Enables ten local, trainee chefs to qualify – after a year-long programme – with a nationally recognized, Level 4, Professional Cooking 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.

Read more about the Culinary School at singita.com

Digital Learning

Singita Sabi Sand

In partnership with the Good Works 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 four 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.

Read more about the Digital Learning Program at singita.com

Dreamfields Sports Development

Singita Sabi Sand / Kruger National Park

Aimed at supporting sport development – namely football and netball – amongst 19 primary and secondary schools in the area surrounding the Sabi Sand Reserve. This involves co-organisation, referee training, funding of the leagues, and the provision of soccer kit for teams.

Read more about the Dreamfields Sports Development Partnership at singita.com

K9 Anti-Poaching Unit

Singita Sabi Sand / Kruger National Park

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.

Read more about the K9 Anti-Poaching Unit at singita.com

Black Rhino Guardianship Programme

Singita Kruger National Park

The Kruger National Park is a global stronghold for the critically-endangered black rhino and the protection of this population is essential to the future survival of the species. However, following the poaching surge that began in 2008, numbers of black rhino in the park declined dramatically. To halt and reverse this trend, greater understanding of the movements and behaviour of these animals within Kruger is urgently required.

In 2017, South African National Parks (SANParks) initiated the Black Rhino Guardianship Programme in southern Kruger, where the majority of these animals are concentrated. This programme aims to safeguard black rhino through increased monitoring and understanding of their spatio-temporal relationships i.e. movements within their habitat and how that changes day to night and season to season.

Read more about the Black Rhino Guardianship Programme at singita.com

Leopard Research

Singita Sabi Sand

Illegal hunting, habitat loss and the bushmeat trade are having a negative impact on leopard numbers in South Africa. In recent years Panthera, the world’s leading wild cat conservation organisation, has run camera trap surveys to determine leopard density across the species’ range in South Africa and some neighbouring countries. In 2017, Singita partnered with Panthera to run a camera trap survey on their land in the Sabi Sand to benchmark what is ecologically possible in terms of leopard density in a stable, well-protected population. The results of the survey were enlightening; at 12.2 leopards per 100km2 this is the highest density yet recorded by a Panthera survey. Running continuous surveys aids Singita in ensuring that these precious wild cats are protected.

Read more about the Leopard Research at singita.com

Anti-Poaching Unit Technology

Singita Kruger National Park

Maintaining the integrity of our reserves and the fragile ecosystems that exist within them is a primary concern for Singita’s conservation teams, with anti-poaching operations as a critical part of our effort to stem the tide of this illicit trade. Nothing can substitute a traditional 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.

Read more about the Anti-Poaching Unit Technology at singita.com


Tanzania – Singita Grumeti Fund

Singita Grumeti Fund

Tanzania

The Singita Grumeti Fund is a non-profit organization carrying out wildlife conservation and community development work in the western corridor of the Serengeti ecosystem in Tanzania. Our vision is a world in which people and wildlife live together sustainably, forever. As pristine parts of the world continue to shrink in the face of rapid population growth, the Singita Grumeti Fund – in conjunction with our Tanzanian partners – is actively involved in preserving 350,000 acres of previously neglected Serengeti wilderness. Through active conservation management, collaboration with local communities, technological innovations and the deployment of well-trained boots-on-the-ground, we are affecting tangible change and sustainable results.

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Enterprise Development

Community outreach is a critical component of wildlife conservation in a place like northern Tanzania, where circumstances have forced many families to rely on illegal hunting as a source of food and income. While the SGF’s law enforcement operations work to eliminate poaching, alternative options for income generation need to be developed to help households make ends meet. The SGF recently partnered with Raizcorp, a business incubator that provides support and counseling for enthusiastic, growth-hungry entrepreneurs, to work with local community members. This program is designed to diversify the local economy, providing more sustainable livelihood solutions that reduce pressure on the protected area and the natural resources within it.

Read more about Enterprise Development at singita.com

English Immersion Camp

Serengeti – Tanzania

Fluency in English in the context of Tanzania is a form of human capital that is useful in seeking employment. There is a pattern whereby higher-prestige jobs tend to employ English speakers due to a low supply. For the average Tanzanian however, English language skills are difficult to acquire. Nationally, government primary schools are taught in Swahili while secondary schools are taught in English. Transitioning from one language medium to another proves challenging for many students and plays a role in academic performance and school dropouts. Without a degree, formal employment opportunities for youth are immediately limited. The Singita Grumeti Fund’s English immersion project is structured to help youth achieve higher levels of education by enhancing the skills of teachers to teach English and building confidence among youth to learn English as a second language.

Read more about the English Immersion Camp at singita.com

K9 Unit Singita Grumeti Fund

Serengeti – Tanzania

Protecting the western corridor of the Serengeti from the threat of illegal hunting is a critical part of the Singita Grumeti Fund’s role as custodian of this fragile ecosystem. Having worked to overcome the erstwhile neglect of this region and the subsequent environmental crisis, the now flourishing landscape and its abundant wildlife population remain at risk.

Read more about the K9 Unit Singita Grumeti Fund at singita.com

Wildlife Reintroduction

Serengeti – Tanzania

The Singita Grumeti Fund has been actively involved in funding, translocating and reintroducing locally endangered and extinct wildlife species to the region. One of the most important initiatives is The Grumeti Black Rhino project which works towards acquiring black rhinos and growing their population in the Serengeti ecosystem.

Read more about Wildlife Reintroduction at singita.com

Anti-Poaching Singita Grumeti Fund

Serengeti – Tanzania

The goal is to reduce poaching of wildlife by combining innovation, technology and teamwork. This is achieved by forming several departments that each specialise in key areas, these include a Game Scouts team, Intelligence & informers, a Special Operations Group and Special Projects.

Read more about Anti-Poaching Singita Grumeti Fund at singita.com

Environmental Education Centre

Serengeti – Tanzania

This program works with local students to increase environmental awareness and encourages them to become facilitators and catalysts for change. This is achieved by running week-long courses for secondary school students whose communities border the concession and exposing them to critical environmental issues.

Read more about the Environmental Education Centre at singita.com


Zimbabwe – The Malilangwe Trust

Rhino Conservation

Pamushana – Zimbabwe

The extinction of black rhino in the area and the depletion of white rhino numbers to only nine was cause for great concern in 1998. A programme to reintroduce these species was initiated by The Malilangwe Trust when 28 black and 15 white rhinos were purchased and relocated from KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa.

Read more about Rhino Conservation at singita.com

Kambako Living History Museum

Pamushana – Zimbabwe

Kambako is a ‘living museum’ just outside Malilangwe Reserve and serves as an incredible showcase of the Shangaan culture. Guests to Singita Pamushana have the opportunity to visit Kambako to learn more about the skills and customs that are intrinsic to this region.

Read more about the Kambako Living History Museum at singita.com

Feeding Program

Pamushana – Zimbabwe

Extraordinary times in Zimbabwe called for extraordinary measures. It was 2002 and schools were reporting an acute problem: malnourished and hungry children. Knowing how this could impact cognitive development and therefore put these children at a disadvantage for life, the Malilangwe Trust sought to play a constructive role in assisting local communities to meet this challenge.

Read more about the Feeding Program at singita.com

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