Rhino Conservation Safari

in South Africa

Highlights

Join South Africa’s Wildlife ACT Foundation on an exclusive, hands-on rhino conservation safari. Wildlife ACT works to protect endangered and vulnerable species through community outreach, conservation education and economic development; developing, funding and fitting teams with appropriate, modern tech equipment for monitoring; supporting rescue and veterinary intervention; and reintroduction programs.

Spend your first two nights in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park at Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge. The park is one of the oldest Game Reserves in Africa, and is known as the ‘Home of the Rhino’. Its 96,000 hectares of land are home to an immense diversity of fauna and flora, including the “Big 5” (black and white rhinoceros, elephant, buffalo, lion and leopard), as well as species such as African wild dog, cheetah, hyena and jackal. The conservation focus here includes monitoring species like the rhino and supporting the rhino orphanage and ranger training programs.

Your next three nights will be in Manyoni Private Game Reserve, known for its black rhino population. Careful monitoring and aiding in rhino dehorning efforts are central to Wildlife ACT’s work in this reserve. Stay at Rhino Sands Safari Camp, an 8-bed luxury tented camp set on a peninsula in the Msunduze River. The entire camp is set under canvas upon wooden platforms within the riverine forest. Each tent also features its own private deck and pool, perfect for reflecting quietly beneath the stars after the adventures of each day.

You days will mix traditional safari game drives with special conservation experiences and guest lectures. Head into the bush on guided walks to encounter rhino on foot and witness rhino darting in person, gaining an in-depth appreciation of the steps taken to protect these wild animals. Special visits to the rhino orphanage, Project Rhino Operations Center, the anti-poaching K9 Unit, and a flight with Zululand Anti-Poaching Wing (ZAP-Wing) will all be arranged to enrich your safari. The Operations Center is a fully equipped, dedicated airfield base for ZAP-Wing and related state & private anti-poaching activities. Join ZAP-Wing on surveillance flights in the region, and learn about the work necessary to monitor and maintain wildlife conservation efforts. During one of your days on safari (weather dependent), participate in a rhino capture operation and witness the team at work over the course of the day — all part of their rhino dehorning efforts, a key strategy to deter poachers.

Summary

  • 2 Nights — Rhino Ridge Lodge— Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park

  • 3 Nights — Rhino Sands Lodge — Manyoni Reserve

Cost

Starts at $2,500 per person sharing. An additional minimum donation of $30,000 is requested for this unique participatory conservation experience.

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