Singita has become synonymous with Africa’s most luxurious lodges, excellent guides and uncrowded drives. Guests interested in an experience that also focuses on sustainable tourism will be thrilled to learn that Singita operates in an environmentally conscious way on multiple fronts.
The Singita team seeks to protect wilderness areas and to support Africa’s wildlife in the face of constantly evolving environmental changes. Key components include high-tech anti-poaching techniques; low-tech, but highly effective anti-poaching dogs; a leopard research and conservation program; and wildlife reintroduction. Community efforts revolve around education, enterprise development and environmental awareness. Education efforts take a practical approach.
For example, in South Africa, primary school is taught in Swahili, but secondary school is taught in English. Singita has created English immersion camps to help kids to continue their education. Singita’s cooking schools in South Africa and Tanzania turn aspiring chefs from local villages into professionals. And enterprise development funds provide budding entrepreneurs, many of them women, with the business guidance and mentors needed for success.
With the environment in mind, Singita has limited its carbon footprint and half of its lodges now use solar-powered technology. Water preservation is being addressed and sustainable materials are used to create some of the most beautiful lodges in Africa.
But just how good is an actual Singita safari experience? I have visited numerous lodges in Africa and Singita’s are truly outstanding. The décor in each lodge is highly curated and perfectly appointed with items you did not even know you wanted. Your spacious room will be filled with local crafts and might contain a watercolor set, journals, cozy fleeces, an outdoor shower, a private plunge pool, floor-to-ceiling windows, a star-gazing platform or a mini-library. Although sumptuous meals, snacks and cocktails seem to be served almost hourly, your personal fridge is stocked with your favorite beverages and savory and sweet treats. The food at Singita is truly first-rate and the lodge chef is happy to take special requests. The service is exemplary throughout and the staff goes out of their way to keep guests smiling.
Singita’s guides and trackers are among the best and seem as thrilled as guests at animal sightings. Recently, my family and I were lucky enough to be guided by Tovhi Mudau. Tovhi is one of Kruger’s very few guides who are women of color and who did an amazing job with our tracker, David Maluleke. We spent early mornings watching lions and their cubs play and early evenings spotting leopards and viewing the constellations of the Southern Hemispere.
For some unexplained reason, the wildlife in Singita’s 33,000 acre area in Kruger were the most curious and least skittish I have ever encountered. They happily watched us as we happily watched them from just a few feet away. The Big Five are everywhere and a walking safari may also be on offer.
Traveling has become much more of a conscious activity. Singita makes it easy to have a super safari holiday and one where you feel that you are part of a more responsible travel experience.