Modern conservation requires a keen focus upon keeping tourism, the community and conservation in a constructive and positively enhancing balance. The health and survival of each of these aspects is crucial to the survival of the whole.

Communities close to Singita reserves are key role-players in preserving the integrity of wilderness area and their 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 employs 1 100 staff within its 5 regions and deliberately maximises monthly purchases from local enterprises. In this way Singita plays a role in strengthening the local economy. In addition to this, the Community Development teams on each property co-ordinate active support for development initiatives.

Community development programmes have 4 main objectives: well educated children; the development of small enterprises; assisting government in its effort to provide clean drinking water; and an enhanced awareness of conservation and sustainable daily living practices among local community members.

The programmes described below, serve to illustrate the types of programmes that are in place on the various properties.

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