Did you know?
Singita means ‘place of miracles’ in the local Shangaan language.
Singita has two lodges, Ebony and Boulders, on an 18 000ha concession in the renowned Sabi Sand Reserve adjoining Kruger National Park. It has another two within the Kruger National Park, both low-impact lodges on raised decks, called Lebombo and Tsweni.The game viewing is outstanding – guests will almost certainly see the Big Five (lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino) and all sorts of other wild animals in the wooded savannas from the back of comfortable game drive vehicles, guided by experienced field rangers.
But Singita is not only about game and luxury lodges. Over several years the Singita Group has reached out to the village communities on their borders, strengthening those communities with education initiatives, support for small business development, a cooking school for young people, and has also provided accessible drinking water, and raised general awareness of environmental and conservation issues.
Guests are encouraged to visit the local village communities around the various Singita lodges. Here they can mix freely with the local people and learn about their culture and history.
Singita also supports the Growing to Read programme whereby local pre-schools are given professional guidance and training by the acclaimed South African non-profit organisation, the READ Educational Trust. Teach with Africa, a USA-based organisation, also sends teams annually to Singita in support of the Growing to Read programme.
Over the years, guests at Singita have made a difference by donating to the various outreach programmes and becoming funding partners. Singita is a member of Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa: the only Fair Trade label in the world linked to tourism. It is a World Conservation Union (IUCN) initiative that has been running since 2003, and which accredits tourism operators that pay staff a fair wage, support neighbouring communities in various ways, have ethical business practices, respect the environment, and promote local tourism attractions.