Giving back with Singita South Africa
The world renowned, family owned, Singita Game Reserves are a paradise of safari. This luxury reserve lies in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve and originally started with the sumptuous Ebony and Boulders Lodges along with the beautiful Singita Castleton Camp.
Over the years the Singita Sabi Sand Reserve has grown and now boasts two more beautifully appointed lodges the Singita Lebombo and the Singita Sweni Lodges. These lodges are set in 15,000 hectres in the Kruger National Park (a concession granted to Singita) and offer guests pristine African bush and a sublime safari experience.
Singita’s commitment to sustainability, community and conservation is unrelenting and is central to all that happens on the reserves. Singita’s philosophy of targeted actions and well defined strategies has resulted in a whole range of successful conservation, community and sustainable projects.
The Singita School of cooking is just one example of how culinary skills can be developed by young people living in neighbouring communities. The school takes between 8 -10 students on an 18 month program of continual culinary learning. Students graduating are then able to seek employment as chefs at one of Singita’s lodges or other lodges within the Kruger Park.
Guests, if they choose, may also participate in this initiative by sponsoring a student and so becoming a valued partner in this worthwhile social outreach program.
Growing to Read is another admirable project where Singita promotes and funds children from local communities to embark on a lifetime of learning and development. This well considered projects works in partnership with the non-profit Read Educational Trust which aims to equip teachers with the skills, knowledge and equipment they need. Literacy lies as the corner stone to this program and teachers are taught how to nurture, engage and develop the skills of the children in their charge.
Conservation lies at the heart of Singita’s sustainable tourism commitment and is demonstrated in their “Touching the Earth Lightly” ethos. The way the lodges are built, how the area is managed and how preservation of this unique environment can be maintained are all demonstrated at Singita. Their Field guides and trackers are well trained and are totally committed to protecting the land and nature in their care.
As well as employing several hundred people from local communities, Singita actively promotes and implements mechanisms based around Ecotourism. Low impact hospitality, such as infrequent encounters with other game vehicles and Singita Community Tours are just a sample of what this extraordinary company provides.