Conservation at Sabi Sand - South Africa

Singita Sabi Sand employs a dedicated team focused on protecting and conserving the biodiversity of the incredible land under its care.

The team’s primary task is ensuring that the land, complete with its diverse flora and fauna, remains as close as possible to the untouched state in which the Bailes family found it some 85 years ago.

The earliest aerial photographs, taken in 1935, are used by the team as a template to guide them in achieving this task. The success of their reserve management approach has resulted in thriving wildlife populations and a flourishing ecosystem.

This in itself creates another challenge, as the abundance of species, such as rhino, that carry a high price tag in the global illegal wildlife trade, attract international poaching syndicates to the area. The team’s second main focus area is therefore a dedicated anti-poaching unit tasked with ensuring the safety of these precious natural assets.

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SustainabilityLand Use & Wildlife

Protecting and restoring biodiversity and creating new natural habitats through good land use and integration into the built environment.   As this is such a significant aspect of Singita’s operations, this Principle is separately managed under the umbrella of Biodiversity by our Environmental teams. For our approach and details of these initiatives visit the Biodiversity…

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BiodiversityLeopard Research

Leopards are one of the most adaptable and resilient of the world’s large carnivores, and as a result, it is often assumed that the conservation status of the species is secure. However, like many other species, illegal hunting, habitat loss and the bushmeat trade are having a negative impact on leopard numbers. In recent years…

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BiodiversityAnti-poaching Canine Unit Sabi Sand

Since showing up on the radar in 2008, the current rhino poaching crisis has continued to escalate, becoming one of the most pressing conservation issues of the 21st century. At Singita, we believe that resolving this enigmatic challenge requires a tiered approach. In the long-term, reduced demand for rhino horn is essential to the ultimate…

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CommunityDreamfields

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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CommunityTeaching 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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BiodiversityAnti-poaching Technology

The current escalated levels of desire for high-value wildlife products such as rhino horn, elephant ivory, lion bone and pangolin scales has driven the illegal hunting of these and other species to levels not seen in decades. At the same time, the demand for protein to feed Africa’s burgeoning human population is driving an ever-growing…

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BiodiversityBlack Rhino Guardianship Programme

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…

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BiodiversityFurs for Life

Surprisingly to many, leopards are one of the most intensively persecuted wild cats in the world. Across southern Africa, large numbers of leopards are poached for their skins, some of which are used for ceremonial and religious dress by the rapidly expanding Nazareth Baptist (Shembe) Church.   Data collected by scientists from Panthera, the world’s…

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CommunityGrowing 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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CommunitySingita 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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SustainabilityLand Use & Wildlife

Protecting and restoring biodiversity and creating new natural habitats through good land use and integration into the built environment.   As this is such a significant aspect of Singita’s operations, this Principle is separately managed under the umbrella of Biodiversity by our Environmental teams. For our approach and details of these initiatives visit the Biodiversity…

Read more
BiodiversityLeopard Research

Leopards are one of the most adaptable and resilient of the world’s large carnivores, and as a result, it is often assumed that the conservation status of the species is secure. However, like many other species, illegal hunting, habitat loss and the bushmeat trade are having a negative impact on leopard numbers. In recent years…

Read more
BiodiversityAnti-poaching Canine Unit Sabi Sand

Since showing up on the radar in 2008, the current rhino poaching crisis has continued to escalate, becoming one of the most pressing conservation issues of the 21st century. At Singita, we believe that resolving this enigmatic challenge requires a tiered approach. In the long-term, reduced demand for rhino horn is essential to the ultimate…

Read more
CommunityDreamfields

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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CommunityTeaching 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)…

Read more
BiodiversityAnti-poaching Technology

The current escalated levels of desire for high-value wildlife products such as rhino horn, elephant ivory, lion bone and pangolin scales has driven the illegal hunting of these and other species to levels not seen in decades. At the same time, the demand for protein to feed Africa’s burgeoning human population is driving an ever-growing…

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3 Focus 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 Play video
Community
Our community teams assist communities to thrive economically and socially. Programmes have three main objectives: well-educated children; the development of small enterprises; and an improved awareness of conservation and sustainable daily living practices.Read more Play video
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 Play video
Conservation in our Regions
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Kruger National Park - South AfricaConservation at Singita Kruger National Park