Singita Community Development


The Bodhi Tree Foundation is enormously proud to serve as the U.S. non-profit arm to The Singita Community Development Trust (South Africa) and to the Malilangwe Trust (the non profit partner of Singita Pamushana, Zimbabwe). Singita is committed to a number of conservation and community projects in the areas surrounding its lodges. Social outreach is high on the list of the company's priorities and the upliftment of neighboring inhabitants is key to Singita values.

In Africa there is a saying that goes "umuntu ugumuntu ugabantu" - a person is a person through other persons. Singita has taken this concept to heart and so have many of its visitors.

Current Initiatives

School of Cooking

South Africa | Singita Kruger National Park

Enables local, trainee chefs to qualify – after a year-long programme – with a nationally recognized Professional Cooking qualification. Employment is facilitated – either at a Singita lodge kitchen or at other lodges in the Kruger National Park - on graduation.

Teaching & Technology

South Africa | Singita Sabi Sand

The Teaching & Technology program enables 12 primary schools, and approximately 200 of its teachers, to become technologically informed and connected to the internet – a virtual library, in schools where there are no such facilities. On-line teacher training courses are also a focus.

Growing to Read

South Africa | Singita Sabi Sand

Conducted with twenty early childhood development centres in the local area, the focus of this program is on providing an holistic consulting service to the schools; offering quarterly, teacher and parent training courses; and the provision of educational materials and stationery.

Dreamfields Sports Development

South Africa | Singita Sabi Sand

Aimed at supporting sport development – namely football and netball – amongst 19 primary and secondary schools in the area surrounding the Sabi Sand Reserve. This involves co-organisation, referee training, funding of the leagues, and the provision of soccer kit for teams.

Singita is firmly entrenched in the philosophy of creating a better world for all. The company is dedicated to the preservation and conservation of Africa...its wilderness and its people. To date, there are a number of success stories where Singita has made far-reaching changes to empower its neighbors to achieve a sustainable future.