The Singita Community Development Trust


The Bodhi Tree Foundation is enormously proud to serve as the U.S. non-profit arm to The Singita Community Development Trust. 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

By helping young students learn to cook, Singita is helping a community savour a whole new future.

Each year, eight to ten local students are selected to participate in an 18-month programme which prepares them for a career as a professional chef.

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Environmental Education Center

South Africa | Singita Grumeti

By helping the youth of their local rural communities to value and care for their environment, Singita is helping to ensure the sustainability of a priceless heritage.

Attended by more than 300 students each year, the EEC conducts approximately 25 week-long courses annually on the importance of maintaing the land on which their villages depend.

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Supplementary Feeding Program

Zimbabwe | Singita Pamushana

By helping to feed the children of their local rural communities, Singita is enabling them to fully benefit from their education.

Each school morning, 19,000 children between the ages of 6 months and 12 years receive a fortified meal prepared for them by designated volunteer mothers.

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Growing to Read

South Africa | Singita Sabi Sand

Through the “Growing to Read” programme, the Singita Community Development Trust helps lay a strong foundation to enable local children reach their full potential. To this end Singita Sabi Sand partners the non-profit READ Educational Trust to enhance the quality of early childhood education offered by the 10 pre-schools in communities bordering the Sabi Sand Game Reserve.

The “Growing to Read” programme equips teachers, via formal training and in-classroom guidance, with the knowledge and skills they need to progress from being child carers to Early Childhood Development (ECD) educators. Central to the programme is the importance of literacy, and the need for teachers to nurture and develop these skills in their young charges. Also key is the provision of educational resources to the pre-schools and the Parent Workshops which clarify for parents the key role they play in educating their children.

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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.