Travel with Purpose with Wilderness Safaris – Mega-moves of Megafauna
Akagera National Park, Canine Anti-poaching Unit and the Critically Endangered eastern black rhino
July 2018 – Wilderness Safaris’ next Travel with Purpose journey is set to take place in Rwanda’s Akagera National Park and will offer guests the exclusive opportunity to witness the Park’s conservation initiatives, which include taking part in the darting process of Rwanda’s newest residents: the Critically Endangered eastern black rhino. This purposeful journey will take place from 24 – 28 October, with all funds raised from the itinerary directly channelled into the Akagera Black Rhino Monitoring Project.
“Akagera National Park is central Africa’s largest protected wetland and the last remaining refuge for savannah-adapted species in Rwanda. Wilderness’ presence through tourism aids African Parks and the Rwanda Development Board to continue the Park’s conservation initiatives, and contributes towards its economic sustainability and community initiatives. Through this itinerary we invite guests to join us in helping to monitor the Critically Endangered eastern black rhino of Rwanda,” said Wilderness Safaris Chief Operations Officer and host of the journey, Grant Woodrow.
The five-day journey will offer guests a range of private activities: a behind-the-scenes tour and demonstration with the Canine Unit; accompanying a wildlife vet on a rhino darting, transmitter insertion and sample collection; and enjoying morning and evening game drives observing the spectacular wildlife and savannah scenery of Akagera. Joining the guests will be experts Jes Gruner, Akagera National Park Manager, and wildlife veterinarian, Pete Morkel, who is widely considered an expert in capture and translocation of African wildlife, specifically black rhino, giraffe and elephant. They will give evening talks on various points of interest from the overall conservation of Akagera to the darting and monitoring process in which the guests will take part.
“This itinerary forms part of 12 itineraries designed to celebrate Wilderness Safaris’ 35 years of travelling with purpose, and what better way to celebrate our 35th birthday than to indulge in 12 months of adventurous and impactful journeys to exciting destinations, accompanied by local experts, and with unique, privileged behind-the-scenes access to conservation and community processes of Wilderness Safaris and our partners,” added Grant. “Given the interactive nature of this itinerary all guests participating in the journey will themselves become conservationists. In addition, all funds raised from the journey will be directly channelled into the Akagera Black Rhino Monitoring Project.”
The Akagera Black Rhino Monitoring Project started in 2017 after a group of Critically Endangered eastern black rhino were successfully translocated from South Africa to Akagera, through the support of the Howard G. Buffet Foundation, thus expanding the species’ range from nine to ten countries. They have now settled down in the park and are monitored on a daily basis. With fewer than 5 000 black rhino remaining across their range in the wild, of which approximately 1 000 comprise the eastern black rhino subspecies, the reintroduction has reignited hope for African conservation.
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Wilderness Safaris is Africa’s leading authentic and sustainable ecotourism operator, specialising in memorable wildlife experiences in some of the most remote and pristine areas in Africa. In this way it offers its guests private access to almost three million hectares of Africa’s finest wildlife reserves, while remaining fiercely committed to protecting our planet’s precious natural and cultural resources.
Wilderness Safaris operates camps and safaris in some of Africa’s best wildlife and wilderness reserves across seven countries: Botswana, Kenya, Namibia, Rwanda, Seychelles, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Wilderness Safaris is deeply committed to its 4Cs sustainability ethos of Commerce, Community, Culture and Conservation. It firmly believes that its single most important achievement to date is to have built a sustainable business model that does not compromise environmental principles and which provides jobs, training, skills, careers, adjusted horizons, hope and a realistic alternative to less sustainable development.
Recognising that conservation is as much about people as about the environment, the company has pursued important goals through itsChildren in the Wilderness programme, as well as through the Wilderness Wildlife Trust, which have helped change the face of nature-based tourism in Africa.
Wilderness Safaris is part of Wilderness Holdings, a group of responsible ecotourism companies that together endeavour to use responsible tourism to build sustainable conservation economies in Africa.