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Since its inception in 2017, the Serengeti Girls Run has become a highlight on the events calendar. Singita has just released the dates for the third annual event, which is held in partnership with the Grumeti Fund in Singita Grumeti, a private 350,00-acre concession in Tanzania.
Entries are now open for this iconic three-day, 63km run through the vast plains of the Serengeti, taking place from 27th October to 1st November 2020. The entire experience spans five days and this all-women run will support the empowerment of girls in adjacent rural areas.
The multi-stage event is suitable for runners of all levels who will encounter an abundance of wildlife and breathtaking scenery as they cover 21 km each day. The women will be accompanied by scouts from the Grumeti Fund Anti-Poaching Unit, and a support team in a shadow vehicle to take care of their safety and comfort throughout the entire event.
On completion of the run, participants will have the opportunity to learn more about the Grumeti Fund’s community and conservation programs, including a 5km fun run and career fair for local high school girls. They’ll also visit the Anti-Poaching Canine Unit and take a tour of the new center for Research and Innovation in the Serengeti Ecosystem (RISE).
This exclusive experience, which is part of Singita’s collection of ‘Safaris with a Purpose’, is aimed at raising funds for empowerment programs for girls. Donations to the Grumeti Fund assist in running empowerment events for 5,000 high school girls, including the provision of sanitary pads for one year; and scholarships for 80 local secondary school learners for vocational studies and university.
Singita Sabora Tented Camp, situated on the plains of the Serengeti, is the luxurious base for five nights. Participants will return to the utmost comfort to recuperate after each day’s run, experiencing a quintessential tented safari under canvas. Following a redesign, Sabora’s new look will be unveiled in June 2020. Each of the nine tented suites will feature a private meditation deck with views of the surrounding grasslands, a beautifully curated in-room pantry and an outdoor deck with daybeds. With tents set close to the ground, guests are continuously connected with the sights and sounds of the bush.
Early evening game drives provide a front-row seat to incredible game-viewing in this exclusive protected reserve in the western corridor of the Serengeti, and guests have the opportunity to book restorative massages in the treatment room or in the comfort of their suite.
This is an inimitable opportunity to experience a Serengeti safari while contributing to the empowerment of girls in Africa. The Serengeti Girls Run 2020 takes place from 27 October to November 1. The experience costs S$6,240 per person (single) or S$4,855 per person (sharing) for the all-inclusive 5-night package (full board), including return flights on Grumeti Air from Kilimanjaro International Airport to Singita Grumeti; and an additional tax-deductible donation to the Grumeti Fund of S$21,500 per person (single) or S$11,790 per person (sharing), used to fund empowerment projects for girls and women.
Space is limited and so to book a place, please email Katherine Cunliffe at [email protected].
Images: Serengeti Girls Run