We live in a time where the future of rhinos on our planet hangs in the balance. It is a time for action, a time to connect with nature, and a time get your hands dirty. Kwandwe’s approach to rhino conservation is simple and effective, where our primary objective is the protection of our own rhino population.
Kwandwe is home to a significant number of both black and white rhino, and we do everything in our power to ensure the survival of these specific animals for whom we are responsible. This is the core of the Rhino Conservation Safari, and participation allows guests to partake in a hands-on way and connect with nature at the same time.
A big part of keeping rhinos safe revolves around being able to monitor them and account for them regularly. To keep tabs on a population of rhinos requires many things, but the basis relies on being able to find, identify and account for each animal regularly. To do this, the animals need identification notches (which are cut into the ears) and in some cases, radio transmitters fitted to the ankle. Kwandwe offers the opportunity for guests to get hands-on in the experience of performing these procedures, which entails actively helping in darting a rhino, cutting ID notches, taking DNA samples, implanting microchips, fitting ankle transmitters and assessing and assisting the animal while it is under sedation.
One thing is certain, regardless of how involved you’d like to be, you will get hands on with one of Africa’s giants. This type of contribution is such a direct and tangible way to assist in the conservation of this species that it is inevitably a very emotional journey, and a memory that will not fade over months and years to come.
Working side by side with Kwandwe’s wildlife manager and a high profile rhino conservation vet, the guest is able to assist with the continued security of a precious rhino, and create a life-long memory while they’re at it. To talk about once-in-a-lifetime safari experiences, there can be few that match this one for excitement, emotion and positive commitment to our planet.
Perhaps many years from now, we will look back at this time in human/rhino history and say, “phew, that was close, we almost lost those magnificent animals, but we took action, we connected with nature, and we got involved!”
Guest contributor: Graeme Mann - General Manager & previous Head Ranger at Kwandwe Private Game Reserve
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