Stephen Cunliffe
South Africa ZA

Stephen is a travel writer and avid conservationist whose work appears in prestigious magazines such as Africa Geographic and Travel Africa.

Category: Sustainable Lodge of the week

Situated in the previously denuded western corridor of the Serengeti, Singita Grumeti Reserve is one of Africa’s great conservation success stories.

Investing heavily in the area’s wildlife, conservation and community has ensured that this badly neglected wilderness has rebounded magnificently. Wildlife flourishes once more, while the Singita Grumeti Fund and a community outreach programme add to an impressive sustainability agenda.

The Singita stable comprises four lodges in Grumeti: two are low impact, the others less so. However, to their credit Singita recognised this and in conjunction with restoring the local wilderness, the company also set about upgrading and greening the power-hungry Sasakwa Lodge, which it inherited when it took over the property a few years back. A detailed environmental plan is currently turning the place around and with One Planet environmental accreditation on the way, it is anticipated that it won’t be too long before the luxurious lodge sits amongst the more sustainable in Africa.

Increasingly green Singita Grumeti is already a proud member of the top sustainable safari operations on the continent, as selected by David Bristow and Colin Bell for inclusion in their magnificent coffee table book: Africa’s Finest. This ecologically responsible book identifies the handful of truly sustainable safari operations from amidst the sea of green-washers and eco-pretenders that pervade the African safari lodge industry. If you’d like to get your hands on a copy of this outstanding book, then you can order it here.

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