Singita is a conservation company and has been preserving African wilderness for the past two decades. Through an exceptional safari experience with 12 award-winning lodges and camps across South Africa, Tanzania and Zimbabwe, Singita is able to partially fund the protection and preservation of over a million acres of pristine land and existing wildlife populations, not to mention help create economic independence within local communities surrounding the reserves.
Travellers choose to stay at Singita because of the expansive space and beauty of the reserves, limited guest and vehicle numbers, extraordinarily consistent game viewing and the exceptional care that is taken of each guest during their stay. Guests leave a Singita safari being transformed for a lifetime and having made a contribution to the legacy of Africa.
The Grumeti Fund was established in 2003 with the sole purpose of restoring the threatened western corridor of the Serengeti – an important migratory route for 1.5 million wildebeest every year. In 2006, the Grumeti Fund partnered with Singita in order to add global influence to their cause. As a result of this partnership, this corner of the Serengeti ecosystem has been restored and protected as part of a greater effort to preserve the African wilderness for 100 years of future generations.
As a company dedicated to conservation, Singita is proud to have contributed to what was once a desolate area, nearly void of wildlife due to poaching, into the vibrant plains teeming with life that it is today. Species including elephant and buffalo continue to increase as specialist teams strive to explore and implement innovations in technology and lodge management to support the 100-year plan.
Over the years with careful management, this 350,000 acres of the Serengeti has seen a 3.9 fold increase in the mammalian biomass overall and a 10 fold increase in buffalo. The number of lions seen on aerial surveys suggests a significant increase in the population. There has also been a 4 fold increase in elephant, accounting for ¼ of the elephant population in the Serengeti ecosystem, even though Singita Grumeti only makes up 1/20th of the Serengeti.
In addition to the restoration of wildlife in the Serengeti, habitat recovery is crucial. In the past, hot fires were frequently used to set the habitat ablaze, as there was little game to consume the vegetation. Singita and its partners have since worked to revive the area and moved it from a fire driven system to a herbivore-driven system. Furthermore, alien plants posed a major threat to the ecosystem of the Serengeti but now the necessary steps have been taken to effectively manage alien plants and ensure the growth of the environment and animals.
This year, Singita launched the first of its kind, privately guided, conservation-focused safari experience for its guests. While staying at Singita’s Sasakwa Lodge and Sabora Tented Camp in the Serengeti, guests have the unprecedented chance to be privately guided by Singita Grumeti Fund Director Stephen Cunliffe, a renowned conservation specialist and internationally published photojournalist. Guests are required to make a substantial donation to the Singita Grumeti Fund in order to participate in this one-of-a-kind experience.
The highly exclusive safari includes six nights’ full board accommodation with rates beginning at $7,400 per person to contribute to Singita’s impactful conservation projects, like the Anti-poaching unit, Black Rhino Program and Environmental Education Centre. First and foremost, Singita’s operations are built upon a responsible tourism model that captivates visitors and empowers guests to support the ongoing conservation work.
Looking forward, the Singita Grumeti Fund plans to launch a Canine Unit in July, through the generous donation from a guest, which will be critical in the continuous growth of the overall conservation program. Rescue dogs from ‘Working Dogs For Conservation’ will serve to track and detect ivory, ammunition, pangolin, bush meat, weapons, snares and poisons. This is an integral addition to the anti-poaching unit and will assist in maintaining the land and blocking entry from poachers and other threats to the precious wildlife that Singita has dedicated years to restoring.