19 – 24 October 2018
The funding will help raise the $250,000 needed to run programmes to educate future female leaders in conservation and positively reach over 1,500 women and girls
The Grumeti Fund and BRAVE are introducing an all-woman, 5-day, 30 km and 90 km journey across wilderness areas of Singita Grumeti’s private concession in the Serengeti to raise funds for girls and women’s empowerment programmes. This event forms part of Singita’s brand-new collection of conservation safaris called: ‘Safaris With A Purpose’ launched by Singita this year. Singita is committed to empowering girls and women to take on leadership roles in conservation.
The run will be held between 19 and 24 of October 2018 and is the first of its kind as 20 runners of all levels will have the unique opportunity to experience not only the magnificent setting of this thriving area of the Serengeti but also provide support for girls and women’s empowerment programmes. The run will aim to raise awareness about the challenges facing girls and women living in nearby communities and seek sustainable solutions. Frida Mollel, Community Outreach Programme Manager, Grumeti Fund has said: “We are here to speak to girls and tell them you have the right to a good education and to stand firm. We want to inspire them, to give them power and energy.”
Whether running, walking or in the shadow vehicle, participants can choose to be part of either a 30 km or 90 km multi-stage journey over a period of 3 days. They will also have the opportunity to engage with local girls and learn more about the Grumeti Fund’s successful anti-poaching strategy including a rare visit to the canine unit and meet the elite anti-poaching team. The Fund’s dedication to conservation, anti-poaching, law enforcement, research, community partnerships and sustainability in the area has had a huge impact on the eco-system since its establishment. With the Grumeti Fund celebrating 15 years of conservation success in 2018, guests can be more involved in conservation than ever before and see the transformation first-hand. Formerly made up of several hunting concessions, there were virtually no animals left in the area when Singita took over and even the migration avoided the area. 15 years on, the turnaround has been extraordinary and Singita Grumeti is now considered one of the greatest conservation success stories. Results include a four-fold increase in wildlife numbers since 2003, including a 4-fold increase in elephant accounting for ¼ of the elephant population in the Serengeti.
This unique running safari includes five nights in luxury tented accommodation at Singita Explore, staying in a beautifully designed camp with a prime position to view pristine wilderness and the wildlife of the Serengeti. Guests have exclusive access to Singita’s 350,000-acre concession offering incredible up-close wildlife encounters. From exceptional food created by a private chef, to sophisticated wine pairings from Singita’s world-renowned wine collection, to evenings around the camp-fire for storytelling about the day’s events, Singita delivers a guest experience that is recognised worldwide for its unrivalled standards.
India Baird, founder of BRAVE believes that: “Being a part of this first ever BRAVE-Singita run will change the face of conservation in this area by creating opportunities for girls to become leaders in the field”. A portion of the guest donation will go toward the Grumeti Fund’s conservation work in the Serengeti, while the other portion will help to create opportunities for local girls to develop as leaders in the area of conservation.
Limited to one departure date in mid-October 2018, Singita is offering a reduced rate on accommodation for participation in this exclusive running safari starting at $1,413 per person. Participants will be asked to make a $15,000 donation per person to directly contribute to girl and women empowerment and leadership programmes run by the Grumeti Fund and BRAVE.
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Note to editors
Singita is a conservation company that has been preserving African wilderness for the past two decades. Through an exceptional safari experience with 12 award-winning lodges and camps across South Africa, Tanzania and Zimbabwe, Singita is able to partially fund the protection and preservation of pristine land and existing wildlife populations, not to mention help create economic independence within local communities surrounding the reserves.
Founded by India Baird, BRAVE creates girl leaders, supporting girl-led initiatives and building a network of women and girl leaders across the African continent. This non-profit organisation uses the challenge of travel and adventure to create opportunities for girls, and works with those who can provide the resources, knowledge, experience, and safety that girls need to lead.
The Grumeti Fund is a non-profit organsation carrying out wildlife conservation and community development work in the western corridor of the Serengeti ecosystem in Tanzania. Their vision is a world in which people and wildlife live together sustainably, forever.
Contact: Singita Public Relations
Singita Grumeti Fund, Katherine Cunliffe
Email: KatherineC@grumetifund.org, www.singita.com
Singita Travel, Wilna Beukes
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