Category Archives: Singita Grumeti

Eating al fresco at Singita Serengeti’s tented camps

November 25, 2015 - Cuisine,Experience,Lodges and Camps,Singita Explore,Singita Grumeti,Singita Sabora Tented Camp

Singita’s three tented safari experiences in Tanzania, Singita Sabora Tented Camp, Singita Explore and Singita Mara River Tented Camp, offer visitors to the Serengeti an intimate and authentic safari adventure that allows them to rough it in great style. November is typically very green and lush in this area, with brief afternoon thunder storms rolling across the plains (the perfect time for a nap!) and slightly cooler temperatures. After a bright, sunny morning on game drive, the midday meal is an event in itself, celebrating local produce and culinary creativity. Today we are sharing two recipes from the lunch table that are ideally eaten in the shade of a poolside umbrella or beneath a leafy acacia.

Singita's tented camps in the Serengeti

Steeped in character, Singita Sabora Tented Camp is an intimate 1920s-style explorer’s camp, permeated by a sense of nostalgic adventure. Guests are served light and refreshing meals around the swimming pool that overlooks the grassy savannah. The menu often includes delicious, crunchy salads made from ingredients grown in the kitchen garden, like this mouthwatering dish made from cured salmon and homegrown veggies:

Singita's tented camps in the Serengeti

Broccoli, Fennel and Smoked Salmon Salad
with an orange and mustard dressing


Ingredients – what you will need:
½ cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1 tsp mustard
20g dill chopped
20g coriander chopped
1 tsp cumin ground

Method – what to do:
1. In a small bowl, mix the mustard, orange juice and herbs.
2. Add the oil slowly to the orange juice and whisk continuously. The dressing should thicken up and achieve a syrupy consistency.
3. Chill in the fridge until you are ready to use it.


Ingredients – what you will need:
200g Smoked salmon
300g Broccoli florets
1 Fennel bulb
50g Toasted almond flakes
50g Microherbs or rocket

Method – what to do:
1. Blanch the broccoli florets by placing them in boiling water for one minute and then quickly chilling them in an ice-cold bowl of water. Set aside
2. Slice thin shavings of fennel with a mandolin or small, sharp knife
3. Remove the broccoli from the ice bath and pat dry
4. Add the vegetables to a bowl with the smoked salmon. Try arranging the salmon into “roses” for an extra flourish!
5. Scatter the toasted almond flakes and add microherbs over the top
6. Drizzle with your orange and mustard dressing

Singita's tented camps in the Serengeti

A private use camp on the plains of the Serengeti, Singita Explore is a return to the simplicity and authenticity of safari life but with a thoroughly modern sensibility. The camp is particularly appealing to those in search of an opportunity to connect up-close with the earth and wildlife in a way they have never done before. This more rugged environment lends itself to plenty of cooking around the open fire, and the menu features all manner of smoked, grilled, roasted and wood-fired dishes. One such example is this baked cheese appetizer:

Singita's tented camps in the Serengeti

Creamy Fire-Roasted Camembert
with sweet and sticky tomatoes

Ingredients – what you will need:
1 Camembert round
1 punnet of cherry tomatoes
3 rosemary sprigs
barbecue spice
olive oil
balsamic reduction

Method – what to do:
1. Make a lovely wood fire (or use a stove if you don’t happen to have an African grassland nearby!)
2. In a bowl, sprinkle the tomatoes with the barbecue spices and toss together with some olive oil
3. Put your uncovered camembert in the centre of a cast iron pan and arrange the tomatoes around the cheese
4. Place your sprigs of rosemary between the tomatoes and the cheese
5. Place the pan onto some of the amber coals and allow to heat up, until the camembert just starts breaking through the skin
6. Drizzle balsamic vinegar over the whole dish and serve warm with freshly baked rosemary bread

Spanning nearly 450,000 acres of untouched wilderness, Singita Grumeti and Singita Lamai together form part of the Serengeti Mara ecosystem. Both concessions are ideally positioned on the renowned migratory route traversed annually by more than a million wildebeest, and offer guests an unparalleled safari experience year-round. Please visit our website to find out more»

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Grassland Giants

November 20, 2015 - Lodges and Camps,Singita Grumeti,Sustainable Conservation,The Grumeti Fund,Wildlife

Singita Grumeti, situated adjacent to the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, is an integral part of the Serengeti-Mara Ecosystem. Singita manages the concession on behalf of the non-profit Grumeti Community and Wildlife Conservation Fund, and is responsible for the long-term sustainability of the reserve. Elephants, the gentle giants of the grasslands, form an essential part of this ecosystem. Here field guide Ross Couper tells us more:

Elephants in the Serengeti - Singita Grumeti

Topographically, the Grumeti region comprises flat undulating grassy plains interrupted by scattered rocky areas, known as kopjies. Apart from the millions of blue wildebeest and several thousand zebra that move across the Serengeti grasslands every year, there are also several species that do not migrate.

Elephants in the Serengeti - Singita Grumeti

Elephants dwarf the other species in the region and, given the rich biodiversity in the Grumeti area, do not compete for food with the grazing herds. These lumbering giants are often described as highly emotional and demonstrate a significant level of intelligence. One such example is the way in which they have been known to treat elephant carcasses, showing an interest in retrieving the tusks and bones. This behaviour has been noted as a way of grieving a companion when they have passed on. This emotional connection is also apparent in the way in which elephants show concern for their family members, in particular the young calves within the herds.

Elephants in the Serengeti - Singita Grumeti

Elephants in the Serengeti - Singita Grumeti

As a keystone species in the Serengeti – animals whose behaviour allows for other species to thrive and contributes to the biodiversity of an area – elephants help to naturally conserve their own habitat. They stop the progression of grassland into forest or woodland, thereby providing plenty of feed for the migrating mammals. By uprooting woody plants that spout among the grasses (which form the beginnings of a forest), elephants help to manage the life-giving plains, including the throngs of antelope, wildebeest and zebra, and the predators who feed on them. Without the work of these animals, the habitat would change or disappear, completely disrupting the migration and the ecosystem at large. It’s just one of the reasons why looking after Singita Grumeti’s elephant population, and those of all the other species that live there, is a critical part of the conservation process.

Elephants in the Serengeti - Singita Grumeti

Elephants in the Serengeti - Singita Grumeti

A close-up look at elephant hide

Spanning over 350,000 acres of untouched wilderness, Singita Grumeti is home to five of Singita’s 12 lodges and camps, including Singita Explore, a private-use mobile camp that offers guest an intimate and authentic connection with the landscape and its wildlife.

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The Legendary Allure of Tanzania’s Serengeti

November 19, 2015 - Environment,Experience,Lamai,Lodges and Camps,Safari,Singita Grumeti,The Grumeti Fund

The Serengeti’s storied plains are a thing of wondrous beauty; endless grasslands, winding rivers, rocky volcanic outcrops and thorny acacia forests. Renowned for its epic mammal migration which draws thousands of safari lovers every year, this pristine wilderness is also one of the best places in the world to see lions in their natural habitat, along with a host of other unique wildlife. Once the migration has moved on, visitors are able to experience an array of untamed wildlife, including giraffe, elephant and gazelle; further proof that the Serengeti offers diverse and fascinating game viewing all year round. Singita’s lodges and camps in two concessions in the region offer an intimate glimpse at this incredible ecosystem.

Singita Serengeti, Tanzania

Over the next two weeks we will be sharing the highlights of these vast conservation areas with you, from the lush, riverine landscape of Singita Lamai to the 350,000-acre Singita Grumeti reserve, ideally positioned on the migratory route which is home to an abundance of wildlife throughout the year. We’ll help you discover Singita Serengeti; a place where each season is as majestic as the last:

Singita is the trusted guardian of over half a million acres of land in Africa and responsible for making a tangible difference in the lives of the people living and working in and around its lodges through successful community development projects. The company proudly operates 6 lodges and camps in Tanzania, each a unique and thrilling safari experience in its own right. Find out more »

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Sustainability is Thriving at Singita Grumeti

November 12, 2015 - Community Development,Cuisine,Singita Grumeti,Sustainable Conservation

One of the most successful ongoing community development projects at Singita Grumeti is the Grumeti Horticultural and Marketing Co-op Society (GHOMACOS), supplying the lodge kitchens with a constant flow of high-quality, freshly harvested, locally grown vegetables, herbs and fruits. Lodge guests are often surprised at the freshness and diversity of the juices, salads, vegetables, desserts and sorbets on the menus at Singita Grumeti, given the remote location of the five lodges and camps. Many guests are also appreciative of the fact that the food they’re enjoying is locally grown, benefits small-scale producers, and hasn’t clocked up unnecessary transport miles.

Grumeti Horticultural and Marketing Co-op Society

Grumeti Horticultural and Marketing Co-op Society

Launched in January 2010 with a handful of vegetable farmers and an annual turnover of around $74,000, GHOMACOS’s membership has grown to 53 small agricultural businesses active in eight local villages in the local communities. Business has grown dramatically since then, with last year’s turnover totalling more than a quarter of a million dollars; income that flows directly into local households.

Grumeti Horticultural and Marketing Co-op Society

GHOMACOS’s members are predominantly fruit and vegetable farmers, but also include pig, cattle and poultry farmers, egg producers, and bee-keepers. There is a dedicated GHOMACOS market place in the village closest to Singita Sasakwa Lodge, where members can display and sell their wares during the week. Here, drivers from each kitchen arrive to collect orders, and often the chefs themselves pay a visit to peruse the produce, checking quality and offering constructive feedback to the farmers.

Grumeti Horticultural and Marketing Co-op Society

Not only does this type of successful small-scale farming keep the lodge kitchens amply supplied, it has stimulated the local economy, provided self-sustaining jobs and, from a conservation perspective, reduced the community’s reliance on bush meat and illegal hunting by providing alternative sources of food for families. For many of these rural communities, the gradual shift from subsistence farming to practising farming as a business has been life changing.

Grumeti Horticultural and Marketing Co-op Society

Singita Grumeti provides support and training to all members in areas such as farming techniques, sourcing the best seeds and understanding the importance of quality, packaging, and timely deliveries. Training extends to administrative, financial and marketing skills, and Singita Grumeti also funds an annual financial audit.

Grumeti Horticultural and Marketing Co-op Society

Singita’s vision has always been to protect and preserve conservation areas in iconic wildlife destinations through the interrelation of ecotourism, community development and conservation. GHOMACOS is a great example of a sustainably run project in partnership with a local community. Members of GHOMACOS are experiencing tangible benefits from living in close proximity to the reserve, as Singita Grumeti pays premium prices for their goods. In turn, this encourages the local community to support the protection of wildlife, habitat and natural resources in one of Tanzania’s most iconic safari destinations.

Grumeti Horticultural and Marketing Co-op Society

Singita Grumeti’s other community development projects in the region include the Environmental Education Centre; a scholarship fund for local schoolchildren; and improved access to fresh water. You can read all about these projects here.

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Singita opens new School of Cooking in the Serengeti

October 01, 2015 - Community Development,Cuisine,Singita Grumeti


After the success of its cooking school in the Kruger National Park, Singita has announced that it has opened a second school in the Serengeti, Tanzania. The Serengeti School of Cooking, which opened in July, promises to give students the best education in the art of food (and wine).

As the hospitality and tourism industries in Tanzania continue to grow, so too does the demand for qualified chefs. The aim of the cooking school is not only to bridge this widening gap, but also to promote cheffing as a highly skilled occupation that offers great prospects for employment.

Sabora Day 2

The course load will cover topics such as professional cookery, food production, catering, as well as communication skills, customer care and computer literacy. It will also offer practical training, with students getting the opportunity to put their knowledge to the test as members of the staff canteen and lodge kitchen teams.


Pioneering this exciting project is Singita Serengeti Executive Chef, Frank Louw, who has been with the company for nearly 10 years. “I’m eager to not only share my passion for food with the students, but do my bit to positively impact the lives of the communities within the Serengeti and surrounding Bunda districts”, Louw says. “I hope that what we’ve started here will make a real difference in the lives of the students and their families”.

Graduates from the Serengeti School of Cooking will gain a nationally recognised Professional Cookery qualification, after which they can commence work at a Commis Chef level within a Singita lodge kitchen, or any other lodge or hotel within Tanzania.

Singita Sasakwa Lodge, Tanzania

Singita Sasakwa Lodge, Tanzania

Along with environmental sustainability, the support and upliftment of local communities is a key part of Singita’s role in preserving the wilderness areas of which it is a guardian. Other projects at Singita Grumeti in Tanzania include an Environmental Education Centre, a scholarship fund for local students and small business development programmes that teach agricultural skills.

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A Serengeti Safari Fondly Remembered

September 23, 2015 - Experience,Singita Grumeti,Singita Sasakwa Lodge

Singita Sasakwa Lodge, located in the Grumeti Reserves in northern Tanzania, is a slice of heaven, if we say so ourselves! The majestic views of the Serengeti from its position atop a hill and the old-world elegance of the nostalgic manor house decor make this lodge a true celebration of comfort and luxury. Ms. Anna Lord, a recent guest from Singapore who visited Singita Grumeti with her family, is in agreement: “It was an extraordinarily comfortable, indulgent but fun experience, in the hands of knowledgable and extremely hard-working professionals who do everything to ensure that you have a holiday that you will never forget.”

What follows are some of Anna’s memories of Singita Sasakwa Lodge, along with a selection of the stunning photographs she took during her stay with us:

Image copyright Anna Lord

“From the moment that we touched down on the wonderful Sasakwa airstrip, we knew that we were in good hands… Our bags were whisked off to our cottage and we were immediately immersed in the indescribable beauty of the Serengeti.”

Image copyright Anna Lord

“Frankly, if our Singita experience had ended after that [first] game drive, the trip would have been worthwhile.”

Image copyright Anna Lord

“No matter how many excellent documentaries you have seen, nothing prepares you for the incredible spectacle of the plains filled with long lines of wildebeest and their calves, with a few zebra and topi tagging along. The sight, sound and scent of the phenomenon as they crossed the river meant that I could tick a major box on my bucket list.”

Image copyright Anna Lord

“We were travelling with our 4 children (aged 4, 7, 10 & 12) and immediately knew that our accommodation was beyond perfect. Beautifully appointed, vast living and dining spaces (indoor & out), with four slightly different, tastefully designed bedrooms, each with stunning views and impeccable bathrooms with views that are to die for!”

Image copyright Anna Lord

“I apologise in advance for the excessive use of superlatives that you are likely to have to endure if you manage to persevere to the end of this, but it is almost impossible to do justice to this fabulous lodge and the wonderful team that runs it, using words. ”

Image copyright Anna Lord

“The days continued along these lines; with meticulous attention to detail, no request was too much trouble and every bite that we ate was delicious.”


“No matter how amazing the lodge, the food and the service, no safari is complete without an incredible guide… Their passion for wildlife and professionalism in their work are very special indeed.”


“Matthew is now a hero in our house. All of our children sobbed saying goodbye to him and have talked about him to anyone who will listen. He had such an incredible impact on all of them and us. They learned so much from him, including stories about Masai life, learning how to make and use a bow and arrow, and lessons about traditional remedies.”

Image copyright Anna Lord

“For anyone who wants to visit the Serengeti without sacrificing an ounce of luxury, I wholeheartedly recommend Sasakwa. My only regret is that we didn’t stay for longer so that we could enjoy more of what the lodge itself had to offer.”

Image copyright Anna Lord

You can read Anna’s full review on TripAdvisor. Please contact our Reservations team to plan your own visit to this spectacular part of the world.

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Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Travel Awards 2015

September 02, 2015 - Awards,Lodges and Camps,Sabi Sand,Singita Grumeti

Yesterday saw the publication of Condé Nast Traveller magazine’s much-anticipated annual Readers’ Travel Awards; a list of accolades for the world’s best destinations, hotels, villas, airlines and more, as chosen by their readers. Singita is delighted to announce that Singita Grumeti, a 350,000 acre concession adjacent to the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania and home to five of our lodges and camps, was voted the Best Hotel in the World for Service. This gratifying distinction honours the hard work and dedication of all our staff – field guides, trackers, front of house, chefs, banakelis, sommeliers, housekeepers, groundsmen and more. All of them contribute to creating unforgettable memories for all of our guests.

Conde Nast Traveller Readers’ Travel Awards 2015

Singita Grumeti was also listed third in the Readers’ Travel Awards Top 100, a global index of excellence in hospitality, rated according to elements like design, food, location, atmosphere, facilities and service. In addition, the property was awarded second place in the list of best hotels in the Middle East, Africa & the Indian Ocean, while Singita Sabi Sand in South Africa came in at number nine.

Singita could not be more proud of these awards, especially given that they were voted for by previous guests and Condé Nast Traveller readers. We would like to extend our sincere thanks to all members of staff who work tirelessly to make Singita truly a “place of miracles”.

Conde Nast Traveller Readers’ Travel Awards 2015

You can visit our website to see a list of all previous awards or read this blog post which highlights last year’s most significant achievements.

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Honeymoon Safari: A Match Made in Heaven

August 12, 2015 - Accommodation,Experience,Kruger National Park,Lodges and Camps,Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve,Sabi Sand,Safari,Singita Boulders Lodge,Singita Ebony Lodge,Singita Explore,Singita Faru Faru Lodge,Singita Grumeti,Singita Lebombo Lodge,Singita Mara River Tented Camp,Singita Pamushana Lodge,Singita Sabora Tented Camp,Singita Sasakwa Lodge,Singita Sweni Lodge

Honeymoon safari at Singita

Singita Sweni Lodge, South Africa

Wedding preparations can be as stressful as they are enjoyable, and yet nothing can prepare you for the blissful whirlwind of that special day. A luxurious and extraordinary honeymoon is the perfect way to reflect, unwind and celebrate the beginning of a new life together. The romance and adventure of an African safari is difficult to beat, whether you want to experience the ultimate in relaxation or get your blood pumping in thrilling moments of discovery.

Singita’s portfolio of properties, across three countries in Africa, is a wonderful starting point for an idyllic honeymoon. Anton de Wit, our Travel Service Manager, has some fantastic ideas for a memorable newlywed visit to our stunning lodges in South Africa, Zimbabwe or Tanzania:

Hot air balloon in the Serengeti | Singita

Singita Grumeti, Tanzania

See the Serengeti
Visitors to Singita Grumeti in Tanzania have the unique opportunity of chartering a hot air balloon for an unforgettable ride over the treetops of the Serengeti. This once-in-a-lifetime experience takes game viewing to new heights and gives photography buffs an amazing new perspective on the world below. You’ll skim above the grasslands and acacia forests, and at other times ascend to 1 000 feet to see the enormity of the reserve. The Singita Balloon Safari is a romantic and evocative way of experiencing the wilderness as you gracefully and silently glide over the plains, observing the wide variety of wildlife below.

Horseback safari in the Serengeti at Singita Grumeti

Horseback safari at Singita Grumeti

High adventure
Our more adventurous guests will also enjoy the variety of outdoor activities available, which can be customised for honeymooners looking for a little solitude. These include stargazing, mountain biking, guided bush walks, wine and whiskey tastings, visits to ancient rock art sites, archery, tennis, fishing and horseback safaris. The latter, also available at Singita Grumeti, affords guests the thrill of discovering the vast plains of the Serengeti on horseback; the surreal romance and excitement of exploring the exquisite wilderness of this unique area at eye level with the wildlife. Singita’s day rides and longer equestrian safaris allow guests to journey across the open plains with a herd of zebra or giraffe, bringing them truly in touch with the pulse of Africa.

Honeymoon safari at Singita

Singita Pamushana Lodge, Zimbabwe

Honeymoon safari at Singita

Singita Lebombo Lodge, South Africa

Rest & relaxation
Those looking for a less adrenaline-filled day will love the tranquility of our renowned Bush Spa, which offers a holistic and healing approach to treatments. The spa menu has been created to complement the beauty and serenity of the wilderness, and all treatments incorporate that peace and vibrant energy to revitalize and nourish guests. Body treatments such as massage, polishing scrubs and nourishing masks can be enjoyed in the comfort of your suite, out on a private deck or at the spa, and all treatments can be tailored for couples.

Honeymoon safari at Singita

Singita Faru Faru Lodge, Tanzania

Total seclusion
Each of Singita’s properties has been designed to offer guests total seclusion, from the small number of self-contained suites set at a generous distance from one another, to the option of a private vehicle for twice-daily game drives. Meals can also be enjoyed privately, whether by candlelight in your suite, under the stars on the deck or out in the bush, surrounded by hurricane lamps with your own private chef and “banakeli” (butler). It would be difficult to find a more romantic setting for enjoying a delicious dinner together than in a dining room created especially for you in the soft sand of a dry river bed, with the Milky Way twinkling overhead.

Honeymoon safari at Singita

Singita Sabora Tented Camp, Tanzania

Something for everyone
Singita’s twelve lodges and camps offer something different to every traveller. From the wide plains of the Serengeti in Tanzania, to the lush bushveld of the Kruger National Park and the majestic baobabs and sandstone outcrops of Zimbabwe, guests at Singita enjoy exclusive access to over half a million acres of pristine wilderness across five diverse ecosystems in Africa. Deciding which of these beautiful regions to visit is the only effort you’ll have to make; our dedicated Travel Services team will handle the rest.

Honeymoon safari at Singita

Singita Mara River Tented Camp, Tanzania

Our specialised Travel Service team are always available to help plan an unforgettable romantic getaway just for you. You can get in touch with them here or email

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Highlights from our Wildlife Reports

August 04, 2015 - Experience,Kruger National Park,Lamai,Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve,Sabi Sand,Safari,Singita Grumeti,Wildlife

If your morning routine doesn’t involve a sunrise game drive and a steaming cup of coffee overlooking the waterhole, then a close substitute would be catching up on our latest Wildlife Reports; first-hand field guide reports straight from the wilderness. These bush journals chronicle the evolving landscape throughout the year as well as noteworthy wildlife sightings and game statistics. Some of the most recent reports include some stunning sunsets, a pair of cheetah on a kill, an amorous leopard and a rare pack of endangered wild dogs in the Serengeti:


Highlights from our Wildlife Reports - Singita

We are fortunate in Africa to be blessed with some beautiful skies, whether it be the rosy dawns, the unpolluted blues of autumn days, or the sparkling splendour of our starry night skies. Most famous of all, however, are our sunsets, and after more than five and a half decades on this continent, I still appreciate each and every sunset that I am fortunate enough to see. There’s something about sunsets that inspire you to take time to think back on the day’s events, and just to marvel at the majesty of it all.

Report by Leon van Wyk, Coleman Mnisi, Nic Moxham and Ross Couper. Download the full wildlife report here: Singita Sabi Sand Wildlife Report April 2015


Highlights from our Wildlife Reports - Singita

The month of June in the Lamai was unusually wet with the first half of the month yielding rainstorms of colossal proportions. The rain patterns of the Serengeti have been rather mercurial this year, seeing the second quarter producing more storm clouds which inevitably dictate the ebb and flow of the Mara River and, so too, the movement of the wildlife. On some mornings the level of the river rose over 60cm in a matter of hours.

Report by Paul Nell with photos by Stuart Levine, Adas Anthony and Ryan Schmitt. Download the full wildlife report here: Singita Lamai Wildlife Report June 2015


Highlights from our Wildlife Reports - Singita

Imagine the thrill of coming across two male cheetah on a kill. It’s such a privilege to see, especially as they have disappeared from an estimated 76% of their historic range in Africa. Their population has declined by at least 30% over the past 18 years, and is primarily due to habitat loss and fragmentation, as well as killing and capture of cheetahs for trade and to prevent livestock loss.

Report by Jenny Hishin with photos by Mark Saunders and Simon Capon. Download the full wildlife report here: Singita Pamushana Wildlife Report April 2015


Highlights from our Wildlife Reports - Singita

The Xhikelengane female, who is truly regarded as the grandmother of the leopards at Singita Kruger National Park, and definitely a favourite among the guides, has been doing her best to get the attention of the males in her region… Over the past few weeks we have noticed her moving further and further north out of her usual territory, and scent marking like her life depended on it! This behaviour is to attract potential suitors in her direction. Finally, after weeks of advertising, an unknown large male found her and we were lucky enough to see them mating twice over the course of four days. This intense and usually very secretive affair is one of the ultimate sightings on safari.

Report by Nick du Plessis, Barry Peiser and Deirdre Opie. Download the full wildlife report here: Singita Kruger National Park Wildlife Report April 2015


Highlights from our Wildlife Reports - Singita

The call came in on the radio around 8:30am. Guide Ray Wankyo reported that he had spotted a pack of 13 wild dogs south of the Singita Grumeti boundary with the Serengeti National Park. Words cannot explain the excitement that proceeded after hearing that call. The entire guiding team piled into game viewers to go and witness this incredible sighting. In the 13 years since Singita Grumeti’s inception, wild dogs have only been seen on one other occasion on the concession, and that was back in 2007.

Report by Lizzie Hamrick with photos by Ryan Schmitt, Brad Murray. Download the full wildlife report here: Singita Grumeti Wildlife Report April 2015

You can subscribe to our blog via RSS or email to stay up to date with our Wildlife Reports and plenty of other goings on at our 12 lodges and camps in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Tanzania.

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Sustainability in the Spotlight at Singita Grumeti

April 13, 2015 - Community Development,Conservation,Singita Grumeti,Sustainable Conservation,The Grumeti Fund

Communities close to Singita reserves are key role-players in preserving the integrity of the wilderness and its wildlife. It is therefore important that they understand and benefit from the existence of the reserves. Singita’s long-term, broad community development objective is therefore to assist communities to thrive, both economically and socially.

Singita Serengeti and Bioregional: One Planet Living

One such example of this objective in action is Singita Grumeti‘s partnership with Bioregional in Tanzania; an award winning social enterprise which champions a better, more sustainable way to live. As a registered charity, Bioregional facilitate One Planet Living, a project that aims to create places which enable people to live, work and do business within the natural limits of the planet.

Singita and One Planet Infographic

The One Planet Action Plan was put in place in 2013, and has been focused on building sustainable relationships with local communities as well as staff members, and the practical implementation of eco-friendly measures in and around the lodges. This includes solar geysers for hot water, energy efficient lighting, improved waste management and borehole maintenance. As a result, Singita’s total carbon footprint stabilising, and the per guest bed night emissions falling by 35% since 2011.


The local wildlife has also benefited from the Plan’s implementation: over 5000 field patrols were undertaken by the Grumeti Fund and 2013 saw the lowest number of animals killed by illegal means since the partnership’s inception in 2003. At the same time the ongoing conservation and community development work continues to reap rewards with the total populations of large mammal species on the Singita Serengeti concession (combining Singita Grumeti and Singita Lamai) stabilising at about five times the 2003 numbers.

Singita Serengeti and Bioregional: One Planet Living

Future goals for the project include reducing building energy use, generating 100% of electricity from renewable resources, reducing the extraction of water from boreholes by half and the creation of 100 new jobs, more than 60% of which more will be for local residents.

Singita Serengeti and Bioregional: One Planet Living

Beverly Burden, Singita Serengeti sustainability integrator, says: “With guidance from Bioregional, the One Planet framework and our own Action Plan and targets, we are confident and enthused about the progress we can make between now and 2020. True success however, will be in effecting change beyond Singita Serengeti to the wider tourism and conservation industries as well as to other communities, countries and corporations.”

Planned initiatives

Read the Summary Report of the Singita Serengeti One Planet Action Plan Annual Review 2013-2014.

Singita Grumeti, situated adjacent to the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, is an integral part of the Serengeti-Mara Ecosystem, the home of the Great Migration. Singita manages 140,000 hectares of land in partnership with the Grumeti Fund – a non-profit conservation and community outreach organization – ensuring the long-term sustainability of the reserve through conservation and community partnerships.

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