Conservation Safari to Help Save the Rhino

September 22nd 2016  |  Conservation Safaris, South Africa, Travel, Unique Experiences, Wildlife Safaris  |  by  Alice Gully
rhino conservation safari at Kwandwe, South Africa, Black Rhino and calf

It’s #WorldRhinoDay on 22nd September and this rhino conservation safari in South Africa gives a rare chance for you and your family to work up close with these endangered animals in the company of specialist rangers. You can also spot world-class wildlife and leave a lasting legacy with 100% of proceeds going towards rhino conservation.

Kwandwe – 4 Day Rhino Conservation Safari

Rhino Conservation safari, Kwandwe, South Africa

Rhino conservation safari, Kwandwe

Set in South Africa’s malaria-free Eastern Cape Province amid 54,000 acres of prime wildlife territory, Kwandwe Private Game Reserve runs a three night/four day rhino conservation safari programme perfect for families and available all year. Together you work alongside specialist rangers to track and dart endangered rhino. You can also help drill horn to insert microchips, perform ear-notch procedures, learn about rhino behaviour, and explore the reserve by helicopter. It’s possible that this is the only chance you and your children will ever have to touch a rhino.

Wild rhinos in Africa

Only 5,055 black rhino and 20,405 white rhino remain in the African wilderness with South Africa supporting 40% (1,916) and 93% (18,796) of the total population respectively. Large-scale poaching, slow breeding cycles and disappearing habitat continue to threaten their future so conservation programmes like this—part of an Africa-wide effort—are vital to the rhinos’ recovery.

How Kwandwe is benefiting black rhinos

Black Rhino charge Kwandwe South Africa rhino conservation safari

Kwandwe is a conservation success supporting critically endangered black rhino since its introduction to the reserve in 2000

Kwandwe is a conservation success with a healthy, growing population of rhinos, notably of the critically endangered black rhino since its introduction to the reserve in 2000. The area’s succulent thicket provides ideal nutrition and habitat for reproduction. Neighbouring Great Fish River Game Reserve has the third most important black rhino population in Southern Africa, demonstrating the importance of this region in black rhino conservation. Aardvark Director Richard Smith says,

“We plan safaris for singles, couple, multi-generational families, you name it, but for anyone who truly cares about wildlife this is a very rare chance to see how your money is making a difference to rhinos on the ground. And what a way to treat the children or grandchildren, enjoy a guilt-free holiday and really be a part of securing the future of this iconic animal.”

Wildlife and safari activities at Kwandwe

Wild lion and cub at Kwandwe, South Africa

Wild lion and cub at Kwandwe, South Africa

Kwandwe Private Game Reserve is also home to the Big 5 (elephant, lion, leopard, rhino, and buffalo) and a wealth of bird species. In addition to rhino darting safaris and monitoring you can join traditional safari activities, big game walks, boat rides, fishing, volunteer initiatives, and enjoy cultural trips. Stay in one of four small Relais & Chateaux accredited lodges, of which two are sole-use villas, providing understated luxury, views across the Great Fish River, and one of the highest guest-to-land ratios in South Africa.

Great Fish River Lodge suite and verandah view Kwandwe South Africa

Nine thatched suites with large verandah & private plunge pool, Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge

Kwandwe Uplands Homestead luxury bathroom South Africa

Three Bedroom Kwandwe Uplands Homestead built in 1905 with authentic memorabilia and antiques

Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge

Great Fish River Lodge suite Kwandwe, South Africa rhino conservation safari

Great Fish River Lodge suite with private plunge pool, Kwandwe

Kwandwe Ecca Lodge 

Ecca Lodge suite with plunge pool, Kwandwe, South Africa rhino conservation safari

Ecca Lodge suite with plunge pool, Kwandwe

Kwandwe Melton Manor

Kwandwe Meilton Manor courtyard and pool, Kwandwe Reserve, South Africa

Kwandwe Melton Manor courtyard and pool, Kwandwe

Kwandwe Uplands Homestead

Uplands Homestead pool, Kwandwe reserve South Africa rhino conservation safari

Kwandwe Uplands Homestead offers a wonderful base for families or groups of friends.

Any questions?

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What next?

If you would like to be part of this unique rhino monitoring programme, simply contact us and we’ll organise the rest. We would be delighted to help you plan a holiday, or answer any questions if you’re at an earlier stage. Our team of experts have travelled widely throughout Africa. They can offer expert advice on every type of safari from family and beach holidays to riding and primate safaris.  If you would like to talk to someone who has been there and done it, please just send us an email or give us a call.

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