Singita Community Culinary School – Rwanda

A unique program that serves to fulfill a real need in the community, as well as for the Rwandan hospitality industry as a whole

Offering a rigorous, Singita-crafted professional cookery course that sees young people from local communities graduating as commis chefs of the highest calibre, there are three Singita Community Culinary Schools (SCCSs) – located in South Africa, Tanzania and Rwanda respectively. Admission into the programme is competitive and graduates emerge with highly sought-after skills and strong employment prospects.

  • 2007: SCCS opens at Singita Kruger National Park
  • 2015: SCCS opens at Singita Serengeti
  • 2021: SCCS opens at Singita Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda

Singita partners with Prue Leith Culinary Institute, a leading Academic Quality Assurance and Accreditation Partner. SCCS students graduate with an internationally recognised City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Professional Cookery. In addition to this academic diploma, graduates complete the WSET Level 1 Wine, Fire, and First Aid Level 1 Certification. Graduates proceed to an internship programme and receive job placement support, while exchanges with local and international kitchens are also available. The Singita Community Culinary Schools constitute a significant step towards achieving Singita’s long-term community development goal of assisting the families that live in and around the reserves to thrive – both economically and socially.

The third Singita Community Culinary School (SCCS) was established in Musanze, Rwanda in July 2021. Singita Kwitonda Lodge and Kataza House’s proximity to a major town opened up the possibility of partnering with a local institution of higher learning, enhancing the sustainability of the programme and deepening our relationship with the communities in which we operate.

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Community Culinary School – Rwanda


Conservation Partner

Volcanoes National Park Conservation

Other Community Projects

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