Keeping past students inspired, and therefore actively involved in improving their surroundings, has been key to the success of the Singita Grumeti Fund Environmental Centre and the course it offers.
Students who attend the course already belong to an ecology club in each school that participates in the course.
The best ecology clubs – in terms of projects, involvement etc – are rewarded and the best individuals, within these clubs, are rewarded further. This creates healthy competition both between the different clubs and within the clubs where the ultimate benefactor is the environment.
So far, a total of 132 students and 22 teachers have taken part in the course. The Singita Grumeti Fund Environmental Centre is still in contact with each and every one of these students and teachers. In fact, the 22 teachers recently took it upon themselves to organise a meeting where they discussed: who was doing what, what was working and why it was working.
Singita Faru Faru is located along the banks of the Grumeti River. In true Singita style the lodge is hardly visible from the road. It is so well disguised that you have no idea what to expect.
The surrounds at Singita Faru Faru Lodge are lush, far more tropical and overgrown than the surrounds at Singita Sasakwa Lodge or Singita Sabora Tented Camp.
Singita Faru Faru Lodge is the most modern of three Singita Grumeti Reserves lodges. Suites are spacious and they seem to breath by themselves, no doubt aided by the large electronic windows that open at the touch of a button (technology in the African bush is so much more impressive than technology in the city).
Singita Faru Faru Lodge décor is fresh and modern and it perfectly suits and amplifies the setting.
The food is sublime, the lodge is tranquil in that close-to-water kind of way, the spa is unbelievable – not because of its size but because of its location and its view – and then there is the feeling, the essence of the experience that is Singita Faru Faru Lodge. It’s difficult to pinpoint exactly what this essence is but it is the reason that Singita Faru Faru Lodge makes a guest feel like a child being introduced to the magic that is the African bush, for the very first time.
Singita Sasakwa Lodge is built on a hilltop and is named after the village chief, Sasakwa, who used to call the hill home. The lodge overlooks the Serengeti plains and the expansive view is the focal point of the main lodge and all the private cottages.
As you pull up to the Singita Sasakwa Lodge entrance, the best view in Africa acts as a backdrop to the foyer. It really is the most unbelievable, awe-inspiring setting and Singita Sasakwa Lodge successfully manages this grandeur, without ever being ostentatious.
At Singita Sasakwa everything – from the individual artworks, exceptional lodge specific décor, the people, the cuisine and the remarkable setting – combines to create an experience that touches your soul.
When you visit Singita Sasakwa Lodge – and you see the Serengeti plains lying below you like a wilderness tapestry – something changes, something shifts.
Sasakwa has an uncanny ability to put everything in perspective. Stress evaporates, smiles flow freely and you once again feel alive. There is a magic present, magic that acts as a reinvigorating energy that flows through every aspect of the experience.
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The question we get asked most frequently, about trips to the Singita Grumeti Reserves, is:
How do we get there?
The perception that it’s difficult to reach to Singita Grumeti Reserves isn’t true at all. While major international airlines don’t fly directly into Sasakwa airstrip, Singita Grumeti Reserves can still be reached fairly easily.
If you’re an overseas guest, visiting Singita Grumeti Reserves, KLM operates daily flights into Kilimanjaro International Airport.
From here you can:
- Charter a private plane that will take you directly to Sasakwa airstrip.
- Or you can overnight in Arusha and opt for a scheduled flight the following morning
If you opt for the scheduled flight you could be collected at Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred, by road, to Arusha where you can overnight at the Legendary Coffee Lodge. The following morning you will fly from Arusha to the Sasakwa airstrip.
Those that like new and authentically African experiences will no doubt enjoy Arusha airport, it really is one of the more delightful local airports. Apart from being charming it is also home to one of the best cups of coffee in Tanzania. If you have time you really have to have a coffee but make sure to limit your intake as there is no lavatory on the small plane from Arusha airport to Sasakwa airstrip.
Just under 10 years ago Singita Grumeti Reserves was a gorgeous landscape but it was completely devoid of game. Illegal poaching and uncontrolled legal hunting had resulted in the collapse of the wildlife population.
The goal with establishing the Singita Grumeti Fund was to generate profit for use in two areas: wildlife conservation and community development.
From the onset of this initiative everyone involved understood that any wildlife conversation efforts would not succeed without the support of the surrounding communities. To be in a position to be able to provide this support the community required education and development; in other words Singita Grumeti Reserves needed to give the community an understanding of conservation and help the community to create a sustainable alternative to the hunting/poaching of game.
From the day the Singita Grumeti Fund was established and into the foreseeable future all profits, including profit generated through tourism, have been and will be used solely to support the Fund. This means that every guest who stays at Singita Sasakwa Lodge, Singita Faru Faru Lodge or Singita Sabora Tented Camp supports the Fund initiatives.
In just under a decade the Fund team, Singita Grumeti Reserve guests and others have – through their hard work, dedication and donations – helped restore the vast majority of Singita Grumeti Reserves resident wildlife population. Through additional and extensive education efforts and the creation of alternative employment opportunities – for those residing around the Serengeti ecosystem – the groundwork for sustainable conservation, in Singita Grumeti Reserves (and beyond), has been laid.
If you’ve stayed as a guest at Singita Grumeti Reserves, you can be proud of what your stay has helped us achieve.
For more information about the various Singita Grumeti Fund initiatives please email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you haven’t yet had the opportunity to visit Tanzania or, maybe like us, Geography wasn’t your strongest subject at school we’ve included a map of the area.
The Serengeti Conservation Area
Singita Grumeti Reserves is situated South-East of Lake Victoria in the northern part of Tanzania. We operate over an extensive area (about 1500 km’s2) and form a vital part of the greater Serengeti / Mara ecosystem.
Singita Grumeti Reserves is not only an important part of the ecosystem but also a vital buffer between the villagers, who reside around the Serengeti and, the Serengeti National Park.
To create, maintain and improve the nature of this buffer Singita Grumeti Reserves works tirelessly to improve the relationship between man and the Serengeti / Mara ecosystem. With the overall goal being the creation of a sustainable and conservation friendly relationship between the two.
We have decided to focus our May blog posts on Singita Grumeti Reserves in Tanzania. The obvious reason for this is that the famous annual wildebeest and zebra migration passes through our 340,000 acre concession over the next few months.
This month we will be discussing so much more than just the migration, because visiting Singita Grumeti Reserves is such a rich experience that there is no shortage of amazing content. In fact, deciding what to include this month has been incredibly difficult!
We hope you enjoy our month of May blog posts. We’d love to hear your thoughts, either as comments on the actual blog post, comments on the Facebook notes or tweets.
The nine Singita lodges and camps – located in South Africa, Tanzania and Zimbabwe – offer guests the opportunity to experience a selection of Africa’s most iconic destinations.
At Singita our exceptional hospitality, innovative design and unforgettable culinary offerings are paired with unprecedented game viewing experiences. This ensures that each guest enjoys an exclusive, luxurious and memorable African stay.
The sustainable Singita model – where we highlight long-term dedication to local communities, wildlife conservation and eco-tourism – ensures that we touch the earth lightly while still offering our guests the best of Africa.
Singita is a collection of nine luxury lodges and camps located in three different countries – South Africa, Tanzania and Zimbabwe – all situated on the African continent.
Every Singita lodge and camp celebrates the awe-inspiring raw beauty of the African wilderness. Each lodge and camp is ensconced in the most profound settings and all nine have been constructed to coexist with, rather than overpower, their surroundings.
At Singita we pride ourselves on our ability to create exceptional and memorable experiences for our guests. Our focus on sustainable tourism ensures that the every Singita guest has the opportunity to return, year after year, to the breathtaking Africa they first fell in love with.
There is a significant amount of depth, soul and magic that combine to make Singita the ultimate luxury African safari experience. It’s impossible to sum this up in one blog post but, hopefully over the course of a few posts (or more), we’ll be able to impart a fraction of what makes Singita so remarkable.