Main lodge pool after sunset at Singita Pamushana Lodge
Located in the sandstone cliffs of southeastern Zimbabwe, Singita Pamushana was just named Global Winner in the conservation category of the sixth annual World Travel & Tourism Council’s (WTTC) Tourism for Tomorrow Awards. Held on May 17 in Las Vegas during the WTTC’s annual Global Travel & Tourism Summit, the property was selected among two other finalists in the Conservation category, including Frégate Island Private in the Seychelles and The Jane Goodall Institute/Budongo Ecotourism Development Project in Uganda.
One of Singita Game Reserve's nine low-impact/high-end game lodges in Southern and East Africa, Singita Pamushana was created to contribute toward the cost of conserving the 130,000 acres of the Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve. Owned by the Malilangwe Trust, the reserve is supported by donor funding, and proceeds from its luxury tourism, in support of its wildlife, conservation and community outreach programs.
Rehabilitated to its original state, the reserve features 38 different habitat and ecological zones throughout the property. Seventeen previously abundant resident wildlife species have been reintroduced to total more than 3,000 animals, ranging from endangered Black Rhino to Roan Antelope and Lichtenstein’s Hartebeest, and have shown growth following the reintroduction. Other wildlife includes the ‘Big Five’ (Rhino, Lion, Leopard, Elephant and Buffalo), the ‘Little-6’ antelope (Klipspringer, Oribi, Grey Duiker, Steenbok, Grysbok and Suni), as well as other endangered species such as the ‘Painted Hunting dogs,’ more than 400 birds species, San rock art and the sandstone outcrops, Mopane Forests and majestic baobab trees.
Community projects include the reserve's scheme for some 22,000 pre-school children living within the surrounding area of reserve; the employment of 250 mostly local Zimbabweans; and the supply of drinkable, clean borehole water to approximately 10,000 people in the area.
Guests to the reserve's property can choose from six suites and five-bedroom villa featuring the tribal history of the local Shangaan people. During their stay, guests can enjoy game-viewing safaris, sunset cruise excursions, bush walks, canoeing and tiger fishing, alongside the reserve's pool, views and main lodge featuring three lounges, a wine cellar, a bush spa and gym, two heated swimming pools and a Jacuzzi.