Kwandwe Rhino Conservation Safari

April 30th 2021  |   Unique Experiences, South Africa  |  by   Alice Gully
Kwandwe Rhino Conservation Safari

Kwandwe Private Game Reserve currently supports a healthy, growing population of black and white rhino, which were introduced to the reserve in 2000. The succulent thicket provides ideal nutrition and Kwandwe, together with the neighbouring Great Fish River Game Reserve,  has an important part to play in the conservation of these endangered species.  The lodge offers guests the rare opportunity to help in their conservation with a unique rhino conservation experience.

Rhino grazing on the Kwandwe Private Game Reserve

The Rhino Conservation Safari (minimum age 16 years) is an immersive experience that will bring you close to these incredible creatures in soul and reality.  A full conservation briefing precedes the experience and each person (guests and professional team) is assigned a specific role in the day’s events before accompanying Angus Sholto-Douglas (Managing Director and Conservation Manager) as well as a vet in their conservation efforts.  You will be asked to keep your eye on the African landscape and help the team quietly spot the rhino for darting. Once sedated, you and the specialist team on the ground administer medication, take measurements for scientific and medical purposes, and monitor the animal.  All essential tasks which help ensure the safety of these magnificent mammals.

Accommodation at Kwandwe Ecca Lodge

Aardvark Safaris’ Lucinda Rome was fortunate to participate in this a few years ago and says, ‘This really was an extraordinary experience.  I knew it was immersive, but was not quite expecting to be actually helping drill the horn or give injections – incredible.  It was an honour and privilege to be involved and is something I will remember for a very long time to come.’

Lucinda Rome (second right) participating in a rhino conservation safari

An example of the itinerary is below:

Day 1
Settle in and relax before an afternoon wildlife drive.  There will be a full briefing in the evening before the conservation safari the following day.

Day 2
Set out early morning with a private guide and vehicle for the Rhino Conservation Safari.  Upon completion of the procedure, continue on a wildlife drive or return for breakfast. After a busy morning of conservation and wildife viewing, enjoy lunch at your own leisure.  There will be a late afternoon wildlife drive and potentially the opportunity to follow up on the rhino that was darted earlier that morning.

Superb wildlife viewing at Kwandwe

Day 3
Day at leisure to explore the reserve, either during game drives or on foot with qualified rangers and trackers.

Day 4
Onward travel to your next destination or stay a little longer and explore Kwandwe Private Game Reserve

The cost is from £2,400 per person based on a three night stay at Ecca Lodge and four guests taking part in the Rhino Conservation Safari.  Cost includes full board accommodation and safari activities. If you would like any further information on this Kwandwe Rhino Conservation Safari please get in touch and we would be delighted to help.

 

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