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Conservation at Singita Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park - South Africa

Conservation at Singita Kruger National Park

Founded in 1898, Kruger is one of the oldest National Parks in the world and at over 4.8 million acres, it’s also one of the largest. For more than a century an extraordinary diversity of wildlife and wilderness has been protected within its boundaries.

In 2001, to strengthen Kruger’s future financial sustainability, the Park authority decided to make approximately 3% of its more remote areas available as private concessions for 25-year lease periods. Singita was awarded one of these concessions, and permitted to construct lodges, accommodating a maximum of 42 guests, as well as 150kms of private road in this unexplored part of the Park.

Singita Lebombo and Sweni Lodges were the result of this agreement; with the support of our guests, our sustainable tourism model funds the concession fees that help ensure the continued conservation and protection of Kruger’s precious ecosystem.

Assistance in the protection of biological assets

With more than 500 recorded bird species, Kruger is one of the world’s premier birdwatching destinations. Some of these species, such as the Southern Ground-Hornbill (vulnerable) and Hooded Vulture (critically endangered) feature on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)’s Red List of Threatened Species.

Singita provides assistance to researchers from the Endangered Wildlife Trust and University of KwaZulu-Natal as they work to better understand the numbers and distribution of these birds across the greater Kruger ecosystem. Our guides provide regular updates on sightings of these species and locations of their nests, and we provide logistical support to the researchers when they visit the concession.

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Support for wildlife research

Kruger is home to the world’s single largest population of rhino. As a result, it is at the epicenter of the current poaching epidemic, and is investing enormous resources to stem the tide and protect this critical stronghold for these species.

As the land is part of the Kruger, the primary responsibility for the protection and conservation of Singita’s concession lies with the Park’s Ranger Services. Singita’s concession fees make a substantial contribution to covering the cost of this service, not just in our area but across the Park. In addition, we employ a dedicated person to provide assistance to the Section Ranger charged with protecting our concession.

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Land conservation and maintenance

Singita Kruger National Park’s concession area is managed by the Park and Singita operates in accordance with the Park’s strict wildlife and environmental requirements, while playing an important role in preserving this precious asset.

Our impact on the land is regularly monitored both internally by ourselves, and externally by the Kruger National Park.

We strive for continuous improvement in this field. Singita also plays an important role in limiting erosion through its maintenance of the entire road network in the concession, and collaborates closely with the Kruger’s teams on management issues including clearing invasive alien species, protecting sensitive areas, managing controlled burns and fighting wildfires.

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Sustainability

 As the proud steward of 33,000 acres of Kruger Park, Singita is committed to minimising the impact of our tourism operation on this pristine wilderness.

Our "touching the earth lightly" principle plays a major role in how the lodges were designed and the way they operate, as every effort is made to respect, protect and conserve this area for future generations.

Regular, external environmental audits affirm a strict adherence to environmental best practice at both Singita Lebombo and Sweni lodges.

In 2015, a 385kWp (kilowatt peak) solar power plant went live on site, significantly reducing the reliance of the lodges and staff village on diesel generators, greatly reducing the carbon footprint of our operations.

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