Tag Archives: Singita Game Reserves

Grey Giants

June 27, 2012 - Conservation,Safari,Singita,Wildlife

Encounters with elephants are always a treasured experience.  These beautiful animals are not just impressive to the eye, but it is remarkable to witness their intelligence as well as the camaraderie and communication between individuals.

There are an abundance of elephant found within the Singita reserves due to the large rivers running through the concessions and plenty of surface water to sustain them throughout the year.  Elephants hold a special place in any nature lover’s heart; their majestic size, temperament and endearing traits separate them from many other species.

An elephant herd is an incredibly close-knit family, with members not only taking care of their offspring but also working as a unit to ensure the success of the next generation.  A female and her daughter may maintain a bond for up to fifty years and a youngster will stick to its mother’s side for up to six years after being weaned.  Without a doubt they are the most versatile herbivores with a varied diet which they may alter or change depending on the season.

One can spend hours watching them as they constantly keep one entertained with their daily activities, spending the majority of their time feeding, having to sustain their massive frames.  No encounter with these animals is ever the same and often they are full of surprises.  They all possess different personalities and will react to human presence either in a relaxed manner or sometimes with a more intimidating approach.

Keep up with James Suter as he treks through the pristine wilderness of Singita’s game reserves across Africa.


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Introducing James Suter

May 16, 2012 - Safari,Wildlife

From a young age I had always dreamed of working in the bush. I visited the Lowveld a couple of times with my family growing up and had always longed to work in this beautiful area that was filled with all sorts of natural wonders. In 2008 I was selected to partake in the Singita Guide training course. This entailed an intensive six months of training under the head trainer Alan Yeowart, based at Singita Sabi Sand.

This is where my career as a guide began and where my passion for photography grew. We spent most of the six months out in the bush – learning to track game, and animal behaviour, how to shoot a rifle and identify the vast amount of organisms found in the area. We were also able to visit the Malilangwe Reserve in Zimbabwe (Singita Pamushana Lodge) and trail the elusive black rhino as well as visiting the N’wanetsi concession in the Kruger National Park in South Africa. These three concessions were all so different and so we became familiar with  many different types of vegetation, birdlife, and wildlife that occur in Southern Africa.

Once I was equipped with the skills that were instilled in me during my training, I was placed up at Singita Kruger National Park working as a Field Guide in the N’wanetsi concession.  This would be my home for the next three years. It was an incredible place with high concentrations of lion, breathtaking scenery and a wealth of diversity, all within fifteen thousand hectares of wilderness.

With four years of guiding under my belt, this year I have the opportunity to revisit my old stomping ground at Singita Kruger National Park, as well as all of the other Singita properties situated in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Tanzania. I hope to continue learning throughout the year, and share the newfound knowledge gained. I also hope to document my time spent in these incredible locations and all the beautiful and amazing sightings I am exposed to. Follow me as I share with you the unique character, amazing wildlife and incredible people that make Singita the place it is.

(Singita Kruger National Park – photograph by James Suter)

(Singita Sabi Sand – photograph by James Suter)

(Singita Grumeti Reserves – photograph by James Suter)

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All The Things We Love

February 14, 2012 - Community Development,Conservation,Sustainable Conservation

On a day when love and care are celebrated across the globe, we thought we would share a few photographs that portray what is on our minds and hearts this year as we fiercely continue to protect and promote the bio-diversity of the land in our care.

In days gone by, unspoilt wilderness on earth was found in abundance – but today it is rare, vulnerable and fragile and thus we at Singita work actively on a multitude of projects to protect these rapidly diminishing areas.  Singita is the custodian of over 500,000 acres of some of the most spectacular and diverse habitat in Africa.  It is our intention to protect and maintain this land and its wildlife in their original state.

Furthermore we assist the people who live on the outskirts of the Reserves to understand the intrinsic value of these pristine areas and experience the benefits of preserving the land.  This is facilitated through partnerships with our neighboring rural populations on specific initiatives that produce tangible results.

(Photographs of wildlife by Singita guest – Araquem Alcantara)

Singita employs 1,100 people to care for our special Singita guests and over 500,000 acres of wilderness spread across four beautiful regions within Africa – in addition to retaining some of the continent’s best experts on ecological matters.

Ten different lodge and camp experiences in four iconic destinations in Africa, make up the Singita portfolio.  Due to its low impact, high–value approach, Singita provides the opportunity to experience diminishing, fragile wilderness areas in near exclusivity.  Travelers can rest assured that their presence will be instrumental in enhancing the wellbeing of the area – and for future generations.

We couldn’t deliver the guest experience that we deliver without the exceptional people in our team.

So as each guest soaks in the splendour of the surrounding landscape, rich with wildlife at any of our lodges, we hope they will catch a glimpse of what we love, and the passion we have, to protect the people, landscapes and wildlife that we care about.  Follow the Singita blog to stay in tune with the community and conservation projects that we manage; also product updates and special offerings.

And Happy Valentine’s Day…

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Memories of an African Christmas

December 29, 2011 - Experience

Spending Christmas in the African wildnerness is something memorable and life-transforming.  One is struck by the utter serenity of the wide open spaces, the vast skies, and the natural rhythm of the fauna and flora.  Traditional details are carefully selected to enhance the quiet moments at Singita, but not clutter the uniqueness of the wild.  Holiday meals are special and designed to create memories that will last a lifetime.

It takes very little time to slip into the unhurried lifestyle that embraces guests at Singita lodges.  What a perfect place to surrender – enjoying the festive season with family and loved ones, as ordinary moments are transformed into indelible memories.

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Globally Recognized

October 24, 2011 - Awards

From the desk of Luke Bailes, Singita’s Owner and Chief Executive Officer

The other day I was alerted to just how many awards Singita has won this year. Singita has never flaunted the awards it has received – in fact one of our guiding principles is humility. However it did occur to me that it is entirely due to our supporters and guests that we are being recognized for the incredible job our staff does, and for this reason I would like to thank everyone who has played a role in our success.

We have become globally recognized for the conservation work we are doing across the African continent. This has reached a point where, today, we are invited to participate in many conservation/tourism projects throughout the world.

Our warmest thanks for your support of and contribution to these prestigious accolades this year – some of them to note:

Tourism for Tomorrow Awards 2011 – No. 1 in Conservation, Singita Pamushana

Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards 2011 – No. 1 World’s Best Hotel, Singita Grumeti Reserves and No. 2 World’s Best Hotel, Singita Ebony and Boulders Lodges

Conde Nast Traveller Readers’ Travel Awards 2011 – No.3 Best Hotel in the Middle East, Africa and the Indian Ocean, Singita Grumeti Reserves

World Luxury Hotel Awards 2011 – Best Luxury Lodge, Singita Sasakwa Lodge

Andrew Harper – No.5 Top International Hideaways , Singita Boulders Lodge

Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards 2011 – Singita Ebony and Boulders Lodges

Singita’s primary objective is to secure and protect large and threatened tracts of wilderness thereby ensuring sustainability and long term survival.

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Teeming with Grey Giants

July 12, 2011 - Kruger National Park,Safari,Wildlife

Written by Marlon du Toit, Singita Guide, Singita Kruger National Park

Elephant, Cape buffalo, White Rhino and Hippo are plentiful on the concession. There are two prominent water sources within the concession during the dry season: the Nwanetsi River system and Gudzane Dam.  As the last remaining water holes dry up west of the concession, animals are forced to move east in order to quench their thirst.

Elephants can trek amazing distances in pursuit of water. They prefer to drink at least once a day and will cover up to or more than 12km in a single journey. We have a large resident hippo population. As the water evaporates under the heat and the pressure mounts, some sections of the river can house more than eighty hippos. This is not ideal for them as they are territorial animals that do not like to share, but they have no choice.  Battles between dominant male hippos are a common sight.

To read more of this month’s safari updates from Singita Guides, click here for recently published journal entries.  Also for up-to-date, out-of-this-world photography of the daily happenings at Singita Game Reserves, follow us on Facebook.

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A Bush Experience for Children at Singita

February 04, 2011 - Experience

Written by Singita Guide, Alan Yeowart

When it comes to a child’s experience in the African Bush the playing field is literally and figuratively WIDE OPEN…

Children are born with a “loin-cloth” mentality, which is slowly eroded by adult sensitivity.  At Singita a child may exercise his or her inherent playful and inquisitive nature in an environment where the exploration of its details requires just that.

Splashing around in a muddy pan in search of frogs

Getting messy making plaster-of-Paris moulds of giant lion pug-marks

Throwing old elephant dung-balls in a dry river-bed

Making a personalized toothbrush from the branch of a bush

Searching for the perfect stick to roast marshmallows over an open fire

Collecting “treasures” in the form of naturally manufactured artifacts.  Seed-pods, glassy stones, wild flowers or gnarled wood fragments.

(Michael Hatch with Singita Guide, Shelley, and Singita Tracker, Emmanuel)

For slightly older children the scope broadens towards the honing of primal hunting skills such as making your own bow-and-arrow, archery, or shooting water-filled balloons with a pellet-gun.  Making their own special catapult and learning how to shoot it.  Fishing with rod and reel, or even wading around in ponds with a piece of shade-cloth and capturing a multitude of tiny fish and other organisms to keep temporarily in an aquarium.

Within reasonable driving access to some of the Singita lodges there are reptile parks where a child may learn about and handle certain snakes and other reptiles.  Also there are elephant sanctuaries and animal rehabilitation centers where many magnificent creatures may be viewed or handled in the context of education.

It is not just about patiently and quietly sitting with lions or watching 500 buffalo lazily trudging past the vehicle.

In a World where our natural wildlife areas are rapidly dwindling under the consumptive pressures that human development is placing on them, it is becoming not simply an option, but rather an obligation and responsibility that the curators of this heritage are exposed to it first-hand so as to engender a tangible association with what is truly wonderful about “the Great Outdoors” and its associated wildlife.

(The photo of the hyena cub was taken by our young guest, Michael Hatch – 11 years old, a photography enthusiast – and he takes grand photos.  Michael stayed at Singita Boulders Lodge with his family.)

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Plan a family safari for summer 2011

February 01, 2011 - Accommodation,Lodges and Camps,Promotion

Now that the bustle of the holidays has passed, it is time to start planning summer family vacations.  What better way to make memories together as a family and discover a unique destination, than a safari in Africa.

When it is summer in the northern hemisphere, countries in Africa are experiencing cool but mild winters which provide excellent opportunities for game viewing and exploration.

Offering four uniquely different locations, Singita can provide a family safari that will meet the needs of grandparents, parents and children of all ages.  Hot air balloon in Tanzania while viewing the migration – and reserve the four bedroom private retreat at Singita Sasakwa with a heated infinity plunge pool and each room with en-suite bathroom.  This retreat also contains a two bedroom nanny flat for extra convenience.  Or plan a trip to Zimbabwe to stay at Singita Pamushana – only six suites and a private retreat tucked cosily into a rocky outcrop overlooking a breathtaking dam and 105 000 acres of private wilderness.  Spend the days on game drives, viewing ancient rock art sites; enjoy tiger fishing on the dam and take canoe trips at sunset.

If South Africa is the destination of choice, Singita not only offers family suites at Ebony Lodge and Boulders Lodge but also Singita Castleton Camp provides an excellent option for big family gatherings.  A luxury homestead with wide verandahs, expansive lounge and dining areas, and six rooms suitable for up to twelve guests at any one time.  Castleton Camp also boasts its own kitchen, chef and private guide.  A perfectly relaxed atmosphere prevades and schedules are completely tailored to match the natural ebb and flow of the day.

To find out more about each destination and our accommodation options for families visit our website and lodge details for more information.  And there’s still time to book our Singita Family Safari promotion and save at Ebony and Boulders – read more.

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Holiday Cheer at Singita

December 23, 2010 - Events,Experience,Singita

Celebrating the holiday season in Africa means all kinds of exquisite and rustic innovations to create festive cheer.  The Singita team gathers all of its creative resources to magically transform the Singita lodges into places of holiday celebration.  From skillfully crafted ornaments, to Christmas trees in the most natural style, to table decorations inspiried by each unique, local setting – and the result is beauty not found in many places on earth.   No snow to worry about or flight delays, December in our part of the world is serene, calmly lulled by the sounds of the African bush and plains.

We wish you a warm and wonderful holiday season.

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Festivities on the plains

December 22, 2010 - Events,Experience,Singita Faru Faru Lodge,Singita Grumeti

Bjorn Annegarn – Singita Faru Faru Lodge Manager – talks about the experience of creating Christmas on the plains of the Serengeti.

As you can imagine sourcing all the traditional readymade decorations or even materials to make your own Christmas decorations out in the Serengeti can be a challenge. Singita believes in touching the earth lightly and holds this as a core value. We at Faru Faru wanted to remain true to this philosophy and create an environmentally friendly Christmas tree.

We tried to work with some readily available materials that we have within the camp and also use items that have been recycled.   After much deliberation and some serious brainstorming sessions we decided on the best ideas and got to work in creating our 2010 recycled Christmas tree.

Beautifully recycled ornaments, created with care.

A Christmas cake snow man, a Christmas tree ginger biscuit, chocolate truffles and biscuit candy canes – our surprises this week for our guests…  Father Christmas will just have to share.

Read more about our lodges at Singita Grumeti Reserves, Tanzania.

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