Built upon a 100-year purpose to preserve and protect these wilderness areas for future generations, Singita has been championing conservation in Africa from the very beginning with large scale projects in wildlife management and protection, reserve and ecosystem integrity, sustainable tourism practices and community development.

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.

South Africa – Singita Lowveld Trust

Singita Community Culinary School

Singita Kruger National Park

Enables nine 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.

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Teaching & Technology

Singita Sabi Sand

The Teaching & Technology program enables 12 primary schools, and approximately 200 of its teachers, to become technologically informed and connected to the internet – a virtual library, in schools where there are no such facilities. On-line teacher training courses are also a focus.

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Growing to Read

Singita Sabi Sand / Kruger National Park

Conducted with twenty early childhood development centres in the local area, the focus of this program is on providing an holistic consulting service to the schools; offering quarterly, teacher and parent training courses; and the provision of educational materials and stationery.

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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.

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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.

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Black Rhino Guardianship Programme

Singita Kruger National Park

In response to the poaching surge of black rhino that began in 2008 in the Kruger National Park, the South African National Parks initiated the Black Rhino Guardianship Programme in 2017. This programme aims to safeguard black rhinos through increased monitoring and understanding of black rhino movements in space and time. To explore fine-scale rhino movements and behaviour, Kruger’s scientists are fitting satellite tracking collars on selected adult female and sub-adult male black rhino within southern Kruger. The data generated will lead to greater understanding of black rhino movements and identification of poaching hotspots, followed by progressive veterinary interventions and targeted security initiatives, giving Kruger’s black rhino the best chance of survival in the face of unrelenting poaching pressure.

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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.

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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.

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Tanzania – Singita Grumeti Fund

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.

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K9 Unit Singita Grumeti

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.

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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.

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Anti-Poaching Singita Grumeti

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.

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Serengeti School of Cooking

Serengeti – Tanzania

Following the success of our founding school in Kruger National Park, the Singita Serengeti School of Cooking (SSSC) was established to nurture the talent of young aspiring chefs from the communities surrounding our lodges. As the demand for qualified chefs in Tanzania’s thriving hospitality and tourism industry grows, so the role of a facility like the SSSC has become ever more important.

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Bursary 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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