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Not Your Average Sunset Cruise

November 06, 2015 - Experience,Lodges and Camps,Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve,Singita Pamushana Lodge

The Malilangwe Dam is a shimmering expanse of water that stretches out below Singita Pamushana Lodge in Zimbabwe, giving guests an incredible view over the water to the sandstone hills beyond. It is an iconic part of the 130,000 acre reserve and home to a number of amazing animals and birds.

Singita Pamushana Lodge, Malilangwe, Zimbabwe

One of the best ways to appreciate the dam and its wildlife is on a sunset cruise, which allows guests to get a closer look at this important ecosystem and enjoy an evening out on the water. Once the boat has cast off and refreshments are served, the only sound is of the water lapping against the hull and the chatter of the local birdlife. Drifting along the surface of the dam, field guide Tengwe Siabwanda says that guests will often spot hippos floating languidly nearby, popping below the water, wiggling their ears and making a distinctive grunting noise to communicate.

Singita Pamushana Lodge, Malilangwe, Zimbabwe

Cruising further down the dam, guests are also likely to see crocodiles grabbing the last few minutes of sun on the sandbanks, baboons cavorting on the rocks and, if they are lucky, a majestic herd of elephants coming down to drink at the water’s edge. The haunting call of the fish eagle is a special treat, and a real highlight for bird lovers, as they wheel silently overhead in search of their next snack. The dam boasts excellent game fishing throughout the year including tiger fish, bass, bream (tilapia), and catfish, and it’s a favourite activity that Tengwe likes to enjoy with guests.

Singita Pamushana Lodge, Malilangwe, Zimbabwe

As the sun starts to dip below the horizon, casting golden light upon the densely wooded hills, Singita Pamushana Lodge begins to glow as it is studded with flickering lanterns. The boat swings back towards the lodge as shadows start to creep into the deep cracks and ravines in the rock, and it’s easy to see why early government prospectors described the area as “wild, broken country”. Guests disembark and amble back towards the lodge for dinner, ending off another unique and memorable day in this extraordinary wilderness area.

Singita Pamushana Lodge, Malilangwe, Zimbabwe

Singita Pamushana Lodge is the ecotourism arm of the not-for-profit Malilangwe Trust, and all proceeds from the lodge benefit numerous conservation, local outreach and development programmes in the area. These initiatives embody Singita’s core principles, and have met with great success. Each guest who visits Singita Pamushana makes a positive impact to this incredibly beautiful land and dynamic community.

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Get to Know Us: Singita Pamushana’s Golden Oldies

October 30, 2015 - Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve,People of Singita,Singita Pamushana Lodge

There are three things that sum up what it means to be a part of the Singita team: purpose; pursuing excellence in your choice of career; and working in a fully empowered way. These core motivators, along with a passion for Africa and its conservation, are embodied in all our staff and perhaps never more so than in those who have lived and breathed this “Place of Miracles” for large parts of their lives. Today we invite you to meet four members of our Singita Pamushana Lodge family:


One of our longest serving members is Moses Mafanele, also known as the “the original Shangaan”, who started out at the Malilangwe Trust. He’s come a long way since joining the lodge kitchen as a porter in 2000. Almost 15 years (and several roles later), Moses is now chef de partie.

Estere Mango (L) and Moses Mafanele (R)

Estere Mango (L) and Moses Mafanele (R)

The 1st of June holds special significance for housekeeping supervisor, Estere Mango. On that date in 1998 she started out as the lodge housekeeper. On the same date last year, she was promoted to supervisor. Coincidently – and perhaps best of all – 1 June is also the birthday of her eldest child.

Tichaedza “Tich” Zinyemba, who also started out in the housekeeping department in 2010, was promoted in May last year and became the newest member of the Singita Pamushana banakelis. Known for her infectious giggle, Tich keeps the rest of the team on their toes and performing to their highest standards.

Tichaedza Zinyemba (L) and Poilani Jamitas Jojo (R)

Tichaedza Zinyemba (L) and Poilani Jamitas Jojo (R)

Poilani “Polly” Jamitas Jojo is the unofficial master of the lodge dining areas, leading other waiters by example and encouraging hard work and dedication in his younger teammates. Having worked at the Malilangwe Trust since 1999, Polly spent eight years honing his craft before taking on his role at the lodge. He is affectionately called “Madala” (old man) and is the proud father of a second-generation Singita staff member, David, one of property’s newest trackers.

These four remarkable people, and all of their colleagues, are part of an extended family. Through their collective hard work, they contribute daily to Singita’s enduring purpose.

Singita Pamushana Lodge, Zimbabwe

Singita Pamushana Lodge, Zimbabwe

Singita offers a diverse range of work opportunities. Whether you studied business, or hospitality, Singita is a place where you will learn, grow and work together with an incredible team, to achieve a greater purpose. Visit our Careers section on Singita’s website to find out more.

Singita Pamushana Lodge is a remarkable example of the company’s ecotourism philosophy: enabling guests to share the magic of the Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve, while helping to foster the sustainability of the wildlife and broader ecology in the region. Please explore our website to learn more about one of Africa’s most exclusive, remote hideaways.

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Watering Seeds of Success

June 13, 2012 - Community Development,Singita Pamushana Lodge,Sustainable Conservation

Sometimes people’s lives are being transformed and revived in a small corner of the globe and we don’t even know it is happening.  That is why we want to share some updates with you of what is taking place on the southern boundary of Malilangwe Reserve where Singita Pamushana Lodge is located (Zimbabwe).  Hluvuko and Chitengenyi are small scale irrigation schemes a few kilometres from Singita Pamushana.  Hluvuko was established in 2005 and Chitengenyi in 2008 and the schemes have been running successfully over the years, reflecting a story of benefits without boundaries.

Let’s take a few steps back in case you are reading this and don’t know about how these projects started.  Singita Pamushana Lodge was established for the sole purpose of generating income to assist in funding the conservation and community outreach programmes coordinated by the Malilangwe Trust.  The Trust’s Neighbour Outreach Programme (NOP) is the vehicle through which Singita Pamushana Lodge and The Trust achieve their community development purpose.  One of the Trust’s key focus areas is the Feeding Programme which helps ensure that local young children receive a nutritionally balanced meal each day, and so are able to maximise the benefits of their schooling.

The small scale irrigation schemes operate alongside this feeding programme, and aim to enhance food security within the wider community, in a sustainable manner. They were established to enable vulnerable communities to grow their own food, and also to supply drinking water for domestic and livestock consumption.  Hluvuko and Chitengenyi are two of the schemes. It is thrilling to be able to report that the objective of food security and an improvement in the nutrition of rural communities bordering the Malilangwe Reserve is now being achieved, for a large part of each year. Communities are now able to grow and access fresh vegetables from the communal gardens.

Hluvuko is 2.5 hectares and has 26 direct beneficiaries. This year they managed to grow tomatoes, onion, carrots, beetroot and rape, most of which will be ready for market in July.  This year is their first year of growing beetroot and the crop is doing very well and most likely will be purchased by the kitchens at Singita Pamushana Lodge.

Chitengenyi is also 2.5 hectares and has 62 direct beneficiaries.  Due to challenges with their borehole, this year they started planting late.  Thanks to the Malilangwe Trust the borehole was repaired last week and the scheme is back on track.

The success of these schemes is that they have gone beyond subsistence level and are now producing excess crops which community members are able to sell in order to supplement their income.  Now that’s a story we want to share far and wide.

Guests can be inspired by the knowledge that their stay is assisting to sustain the wilderness and to support the local communities in practical and effective ways.

(Update provided by Tendai Nhunzwi, Human Resources Manager, Malilangwe Reserve)

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Cathedral Mopane forests and majestic ‘upside-down’ Baobab trees – Singita Pamushana

June 14, 2010 - Singita Pamushana Lodge

Singita Pamushana is located in the 140 000 acre Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve situated in south-east Zimbabwe. These 140 000 acres are home to four separate eco-systems, an abundance of wildlife – including the Big 5 – and a collection of over 400 different species of birds.

In true Singita style Pamushana Lodge offers its guests a personal and unique African safari experience.

Singita Pamushana Romance!

Everything from its unrivalled setting – overlooking the expansive Malilangwe Lake – to its local Shangaan inspired décor and the trademark Singita service, all helps to create an adventure that is exciting, warm and incredibly romantic.

SIngita Pamushana - What a View!

Food is as much a part of Singita Pamushana Lodge as the décor, setting and service. Early morning pre-game drive snacks followed by brunch, a late lunch, decadent afternoon tea, sundowners and refreshments in the bush and then dinner. All so delectable and so beautifully presented, that any attempt at resistance is ultimately futile!

Singita Pamushana Lodge Safari Experience.

Photographs, no matter how talented the photographer, simply cannot capture the magic and charm that flow through every aspect of Singita Pamushana Lodge. It is simply a place you have to experience in person in order to understand how such beauty has the ability to make any heart sing.

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