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Conservation at Singita Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park - South Africa

Conservation at Singita Kruger National Park

The lodges in Singita Kruger National Park were built on the promise to “touch the earth lightly”. This commitment has been manifested in the way the lodges were constructed; how they operate today; and how guests experience the wildlife and the natural habitat.

The company’s impact on the land is regularly monitored both internally and externally by the Kruger National Park and Singita strives for continuous improvement in this field. 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.

Singita Lebombo suites have been designed around the concept of an eagle’s nest, allowing for elevated views over the Kruger National Park , the rocky outcrops of the Lebombo mountains, and the area’s trademark Euphorbia trees. Singita Sweni, on the other hand, lies close to the Sweni River. This tranquil sanctuary is built on stilts with decks of dark timber, giving it a grounded feeling of being integral to nature.

Support for wildlife research

One of the first protected conservation areas in the world was the Kruger National Park, which was formed in 1898. 6.4 million acres in size, the park has, for over a century, taken care of an extraordinary diversity of wildlife within its vast and wild expanse.

In 2001, in order to ensure its future sustainability, the Park decided to release approximately 3% of its more remote areas to concessionaires for periods of 25 years. These concessions generate funds, via sustainable tourism, to help ensure the continued protection of the Park and its wildlife.

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 and so it comes as no surprise that their design and construction abided by a “touching the earth lightly” philosophy.

The "touch the earth lightly" concept plays a major role in the way the lodges operate and every effort is made to respect and protect the area, so that it will be conserved for future generations. In keeping with our philosophy of "fewer beds in larger areas", and efforts to minimize the lodges’ footprint, there are just 21 suites in the entire 33,000 acre private concession.

Our respect for the environment does not mean, however, that we have sacrificed anything in terms of guest service or comfort. Both Lebombo and Sweni lodges are consistently hailed for excellence in service, including accommodations, meals and general comfort, and in the experiences offered in this remote and pristine wildlife area.

Sustainable tourism has proved to be a massively effective way of generating revenue and support for conservation measures. The fees that Singita pays for the use of its private concession play an important role in supporting the conservation efforts underway in the Kruger National Park.

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Assistance in the protection of biological assets

Singita's concession within the Kruger National Park is protected by SANParks (South African National Parks), SANDF (South African National Defence Force) and the SAPS (South African Police Service) to protect the wildlife and enforce anti-poaching measures. The fees we pay for the concession greatly support these efforts and we facilitate with all procedures where and when required.

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Land conservation and maintenance

Our team's responsibilities, in conjunction with the Kruger National Park, include co-ordinating the combating of erosion, protecting highly sensitive areas, clearing alien invasive species, doing controlled burns and maintaining the roads.

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On-going monitoring

Monitoring of the vegetation resource, large mammal populations and aquatic systems is on-going.

Research programme

Singita Kruger National Park supports the Ground Hornbill Project by giving regular updates and GPS co-ordinates of sightings to the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT), as well as recording all raptor nests and supplying this information to EWT.



In 2001, to ensure its future sustainability, the Kruger National Park decided to release about 3 per cent of its more remote areas to concessionaires for 25-year periods. These concessions would generate funds to help ensure the continued protection of the park.


Regular, external environmental audits affirm a strict adherence to environmental best practise at both Singita Lebombo and Sweni lodges. In addition, solar panels have been installed to provide energy for the two lodges, thereby greatly reducing the carbon footprint.

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