Singita is a leading sustainable tourism company, which boasts two One Planet Living Global Leaders – Singita Southern and East Africa and Singita Grumeti. Singita operates 15 eco-tourism lodges and camps in Southern and East Africa including:

  • Singita Sabi Sand (SSS) and Singita Kruger National Park - South Africa
  • Singita Pamushana Lodge and Malilangwe House - Zimbabwe
  • Singita Volcanoes National Park (SVNP) - Rwanda

Preserving large areas of wilderness for future generations, while benefitting local communities, lies at the heart of its business. Financially supported by a number of commercially operated lodges within the reserves under Singita's stewardship, Singita also partners closely with non-profit Funds and Trusts, which focus on community development and biodiversity management.

Singita has been using Bioregional's One Planet Living framework for over nine years and has made significant progress in integrating sustainability in all of its operations.

One Planet Living was fundamental to the construction of Singita Kwitonda Lodge and Kataza House at SVNP, and its set of 10 sustainability principles continues to guide all decision-making on the ground.

Sustainability is no longer something ‘additional’ to our normal operations but now part and parcel of how we conduct business

Katherine Cunliffe, Sustainability Technical Advisor at Singita Serengeti

Land and nature
The boundaries of the SVNP were expanded by an additional 97 hectares, helping to protect critical biodiversity areas. Conservation work is increasingly looking 'outside the fence' by supporting catchment stewardship to safeguard land and rivers neighbouring the Parks. There was zero poaching of lions, elephants or rhinos on Singita's concessions and conservation efforts have led to elephant jackals, buffalos and gorillas being seen onsite.

Health and happiness
A health and wellness programme has been implemented and the Early Childhood Development (ECD) Support Programme, among the 4% of ECD centres able to stay open during the pandemic, continues to support teachers and provide resources to the youngest children and babies. All guest mini bars have now been reset as healthy mini bars, with all products containing sugar removed, which guests have well received.

Local and sustainable food
SVNP is a poster child of healthy and culturally sensitive meals. The canteen has two meat-free days a week, with 20% of food coming from the local market. Staff meat has been reduced and changes have been made to guest menus - salmon has been replaced by a local trout and brunch has been introduced to reduce the meals on offer. All food waste is composted in Zimbabwe, while in Rwanda, all food waste is recycled to local pig farms or to a fly protein project.

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