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Rhino Conservation Safari & Conservation Week

If you’ve had enough bad news about Africa’s rhinos, then here’s something to put a smile on your face: there is one place where both black and white rhinos thrive and you have an opportunity not just to see them but play a part in their conservation too.

Set in the malaria-free Waterberg, Marataba is a privately-managed game reserve in the Marakele National Park, an hour’s flight from Johannesburg. It is home to the Big 5 – lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhinoceros – and it’s these rhinos that really set this reserve apart. With Africa’s rhino population in sharp decline across the continent, Marataba’s rhinos have become a vital part to the survival of the species.

Expert Rhino Conservation Safari

Tranquilising a wild rhino is an exact science & is led by an expert veterinarian.

But a big healthy rhino population still needs looking after, and although Marataba employs expert, innovative conservationists, there is always a need for extra hands in the field. So to mark World Conservation Day on July 28th, Marataba is offering a unique Rhino Conservation Week, split into two experiences of three nights each: the first begins on July 13; the second on July 16 2023.

Tracking Rhinos

You’ll help the conservation teams locate Marataba’s rhinos via their internal microchip.

You’ll enjoy game drives and star-lit suppers of course but this is no ordinary safari: you’ll also be on foot in the bush, tracking and monitoring rhinos, collecting DNA samples from tranquilised animals and taking part in ‘notching’ – the process of marking a rhino’s ear to give it an identity and facilitate conservation. It’s an exciting, meaningful experience and very much part of the public-private conservation ethos that drives the reserve.

Baobabs on Kubu Island

There’s plenty of time to relax too: boat cruises are a great way to spot wildlife in the dry season.

How to do it? From either of Marataba’s safari accommodations: Founders Camp has riverside suites and can be booked on an exclusive-use basis for up to eight adults and two children; Explorers Camp can sleep up to twelve with two children and looks out over a productive waterhole. Safari programmes at the camps are flexible and built around interests and ages; there are both day and night drives as well as walking safaris and boat cruises, and the camps welcome children of all ages.

Rhino Conservation Safari

Game drives in open-sided safari vehicles offer excellent photographic opportunities.

This exclusive Rhino Conservation Week is offered only once a year so make an enquiry as soon as possible; you don’t need to book out the whole camp but can book on a room-by-room basis, making it easy for singles and couples to experience as well as groups and families. And don’t worry if you can’t make those dates in August: you can book a 3-day Rhino Conservation Safari at Marataba any time between February 1st and October 31st although the Conservation Week offers the best value.

If you are looking for a similar programme elsewhere in South Africa, then there are hands-on experiences in the Madikwe Private Reserve and the Eastern Cape as well as in KwaZulu Natal, long at the centre of rhino conservation – contact us for more information.

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