Community at Singita
Community

Singita’s long-term community development goal is to assist communities to thrive, both economically and socially.

The impact of Singita’s community work is integral to the company’s 100-year conservation purpose to preserve and protect large areas of African wilderness for future generations. It isn’t enough to support the people who live in and around our lodges with token contributions to small business or education. As Luke Bailes, Singita’s founder, puts it: “[community partnership] only works if our commitment to the local communities is so deep that they trust that what we’re doing, preserving this land, is in their interest.”

 

Our community teams assist communities to thrive economically and socially. Programs have three main objectives: well-educated children; the development of small enterprises; and an improved awareness of conservation and sustainable daily living practices.

Our approach to Community
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Education

Children who develop in structured and stimulating environments are better able to form the strong cognitive, social, spiritual and physical foundation they need to succeed in later life.

Enterprise Development

In order to reduce the dependency on the land that we are protecting, it is essential that communities have an alternative source of income and food.

Environmental Awareness

Building awareness and understanding of the importance of protecting the environment within the community is essential to the success of our conservation efforts.

Discover more about our Community Projects
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Pamushana - ZimbabweFeeding Program

Fortifying young children. 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…

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Serengeti - TanzaniaSchool of Cooking – Serengeti

Cooking up a storm in the Serengeti 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,…

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Serengeti - TanzaniaEnvironmental Education Center

Creating environmental ambassadors in our communities The communities close to Singita’s reserves play a key role in helping us to achieve our conservation goals, as well as 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….

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Serengeti - TanzaniaAll-woman multi-stage fundraising run

Helping to create tomorrow’s female conservation leaders In October 2018, the Singita Grumeti Fund and BRAVE will host an exclusive, once-in-a-lifetime, all-woman, 90km run across the Serengeti wilderness to raise funds for girl and women empowerment programmes. This unique event forms part of Singita’s brand-new collection of conservation safaris called Safaris with a Purpose. Helping to…

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Serengeti - TanzaniaScholarship Program

Building a brighter future through education The communities surrounding Singita Grumeti are brimming with young individuals who have the potential to make a difference – not only in their own family but also the larger community and the country – if they are given the opportunity to do so. This potential, unfortunately, often goes untapped…

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Sabi Sand - South AfricaDreamfields

Soccer Stars of the Future   Along with environmental awareness and the development of small enterprises, education is a key focus of our community partnership projects, and not all of it takes place in the classroom.   At Singita Sabi Sand in South Africa, we have partnered with Dreamfields, a non-profit organization that works with the national Department…

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Kruger National Park - South AfricaTeaching and Technology

Harnessing the power of technology. For many the mere idea of not having access to WiFi at school in this day and age is incomprehensible. In South Africa, this stark reality faces many schools in rural areas like the communities surrounding our lodges and camps. In 2016, in partnership with the European Space Agency (ESA)…

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Kruger National Park - South AfricaGrowing to READ

Growing to read, reading to grow.   Children who develop in structured and stimulating environments are better able to form the strong cognitive, social, spiritual and physical foundation they need to succeed in later life. With this in mind, the Singita Community Development Trust initiated the Growing to Read program in partnership with the non-profit…

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Serengeti - TanzaniaEnterprise Development

At the same time that the Singita Grumeti Fund’s law enforcement operations work to eliminate wildlife poaching, alternative options for income generation need to be developed to help households that rely on poaching make ends meet.  The Singita Grumeti Fund has partnered with Raizcorp – a business incubator that has a proven track-record of success…

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Serengeti - TanzaniaEnglish Immersion Camps

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…

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Kruger National Park - South AfricaSingita Community Culinary School

Our Singita Community Culinary School (SCCS) at Singita Kruger National Park opened its doors in 2007 and today offers a rigorous, Singita-crafted professional cookery course, producing 10 Commis Chefs of the highest calibre each year.

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Pamushana - ZimbabweConservation Education Centre

Nurturing a passion for nature 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…

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Pamushana - ZimbabweKambako Living History Museum

Keeping the Shangaan culture alive 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. In the past, the Shangaan people were…

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Pamushana - ZimbabweFeeding Program

Fortifying young children. 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…

Read more
Serengeti - TanzaniaSchool of Cooking – Serengeti

Cooking up a storm in the Serengeti 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,…

Read more
Serengeti - TanzaniaEnvironmental Education Center

Creating environmental ambassadors in our communities The communities close to Singita’s reserves play a key role in helping us to achieve our conservation goals, as well as 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….

Read more
Serengeti - TanzaniaAll-woman multi-stage fundraising run

Helping to create tomorrow’s female conservation leaders In October 2018, the Singita Grumeti Fund and BRAVE will host an exclusive, once-in-a-lifetime, all-woman, 90km run across the Serengeti wilderness to raise funds for girl and women empowerment programmes. This unique event forms part of Singita’s brand-new collection of conservation safaris called Safaris with a Purpose. Helping to…

Read more
Serengeti - TanzaniaScholarship Program

Building a brighter future through education The communities surrounding Singita Grumeti are brimming with young individuals who have the potential to make a difference – not only in their own family but also the larger community and the country – if they are given the opportunity to do so. This potential, unfortunately, often goes untapped…

Read more
Sabi Sand - South AfricaDreamfields

Soccer Stars of the Future   Along with environmental awareness and the development of small enterprises, education is a key focus of our community partnership projects, and not all of it takes place in the classroom.   At Singita Sabi Sand in South Africa, we have partnered with Dreamfields, a non-profit organization that works with the national Department…

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A Chef in the CityFrom a small community near Kruger National Park to the fast-paced kitchen of Singita Lebombo Lodge. TK's story is one of success and pure inspiration.

Singita employs 1,100 staff within its 5 regions and deliberately maximizes monthly purchases from local enterprises. In this way, Singita plays a role in strengthening the local economy.

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The number of children who received 3 years of teaching, under the guidance of the Growing to Read program at Singita Sabi Sand & Kruger National Park. 

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The number of students and teachers who have attended Environmental Education courses at Singita Grumeti to date.

Conservation at Singita is supported by three pillars, namely Biodiversity, Community and Sustainability.
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Other Areas of Conservation
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Biodiversity
Our conservation teams strive to restore, improve and protect the biodiversity of the ecosystems under our care to ensure they are functioning as close as possible to their natural, undisturbed state. Read more
Sustainability
At Singita, a sustainable world is one in which people enjoy happy, healthy lives within their fair share of the earth’s resources, leaving space for wildlife and wilderness.Read more
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The success of our long-term conservation goal relies on revenue from our lodges and the generous support of donors.