They’re one of my favorite animals to spot on safari, and it just so happens this month has been a huge month for rhino news in Africa. I hope you’ll find the below articles inspiring, and enlightening on some of the positive efforts being made in Africa to save this wonderful species from extinction.
What animal would you love to see most on safari?
Cape Town Tourism Utilizes Gamification in New International Campaign
Are you a Fearless Foodie? Nature Warrior? Or Urban Adventurer? Travelers just like you can now use Cape Towns newly launched ‘Find Your Freedom’ to venture into your own immersive travel experience. The interactive interface uses game-style graphics to empower global travelers to choose their Mother City adventure, based on the guide they identify with. Watch the campaign video below to start feeling inspired to start planning your dream trip to South Africa now!
“Find Your Freedom uses the latest digital technology to immerse viewers in unique Cape Town choice-driven video experiences. You choose your guide. You choose your adventure. It’s an interactive journey from start to finish.” – Enver Duminy, CEO of Cape Town Tourism.
Balule Nature Reserve Celebrates Anti-Poaching Milestone
Balule Nature Reserve, thanks to its incredibly dedicated team, is celebrating 500 days without a rhino being killed as a result of poaching! The reserve, located in the Limpopo Province which forms a part of the Greater Kruger National Park achieved this by introducing drastic changes to anti poaching measures.
The team works around the clock every day to ensure that their rhinos are protected at all costs. I personally think their dedication and commitment to this beautiful cause is amazing, and in spite of huge costs.
DRC: Transfer of 50 white rhinos from South Africa to Garamba Park
Continuing with the rhino love today, the mining company Kibali Gold Mine (KGM) wants to restore the white rhino population in the Garamba National Park in the north-east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The Garamba white rhino population is sadly now endangered due to poaching and looting during wartime, with only a dozen individuals left in the park and nine in captivity.
To help, the subsidiary of the Canadian company Barrick Gold has taken on the logistical challenge of transferring 50 white rhinos to the park from South Africa – This will be the largest exercise of its kind.
Are you interested in getting involved in conservation projects whilst traveling?
Data Shows Major Shift of Global Tourism in 2022
Source: All Africa
Have you made your summer 2022 plans yet? Despite Covid restrictions remaining in place for much of Africa, travel has resumed. Based on the data released by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) on Friday, March 25, global international tourist arrivals more than doubled (130 percent) in January 2022 compared to January 2021.
Are you still hesitant to travel to this incredible continent? If the answer is yes, I’d love to hear from you so I can hopefully calm those anxieties. Also a great resource I share a lot is Skyscanners Travel Restriction map.
World Bank Launches Wildlife Conservation Bond for Rhinos in South Africa
Rhino poaching in South Africa is notoriously rife, as I’ve shown you in the articles above. In just the last decade, it’s estimated that nearly 10,000 African rhinos have fallen victim to poaching. The black rhino population has suffered the most dramatic decline out of all the species in recent years.
Did you know between 1970 and 1993, the population of black rhino dropped by 96%? Going from an estimated 65 000 to only 2300 surviving in the wild.
Now, an innovative approach to raise funds for the conservation of black rhinos is being rolled out in South Africa in the form of the Wildlife Conservation Bond worth $150 million over 5 years.
New Grading Rules for Hotels in East Africa Coming
Source: The Citizen
Planning your dream safari trip to East Africa just got a whole lot easier. A new classification criteria for hotels and restaurants in East Africa is under review. The review is aimed to standardize services offered by the accommodation facilities in the region.
“Standardization will be extended to services offered by the tour operators and tour guides,” – Simon Kiarire, Principal Tourism Officer with the East African Community (EAC) secretariat.
How many species of rhinos do you think there are?
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