With government uncertain on its role in the protection of rhinos, and with many of the majestic creatures being poached annually, perhaps it’s time to take a hands-on approach to conservation.
Thanda Safari Private Game Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal has initiated a programme inviting guests to take part in half-day rhino-conserving activities.
The programme, costing R1 500 per person, gives concerned members of the public an insight into the daily tasks and responsibilities of Thanda Safari’s Rhino Monitoring Team.
“Departing by vehicle 15-20 minutes before sunrise, a time when these animals are still active, guests will be briefed by a Rhino Monitor and qualified Lead Trails Guide on the challenges around rhino monitoring as they look for tracks,” says the reserve.
“Detailed explanations during the dawn drive will include how to track a rhino and record its ecology, their behaviour, feeding patterns and vegetation preferences as well as the ongoing threats faced by the species.”
Once tracks are found, guests are led into the bush on foot to locate the elusive animals, giving them an up-close experience with some of the world’s rarest creatures.
The fee is not-for-profit, with R500 going towards hospitality for the day, and the remaining R1 000 aiding the conservation of the rhinos.
Visit www.thanda.com for more information.