The threat to rhinos is a multifaceted problem and is being tackled from all angles from dissuading end-users of rhino horn products, to on-the-ground initiatives like curbing poaching and habitat protection. There are so many organisations doing different things that it makes it a difficult issue to support from afar. At Timeless Africa Safaris, our approach is two-fold:
Firstly, we always support ethical, ecologicically-minded lodges, providing for species and habitat protection, as well as gainful employment for local communities who are often limited by a lack of opportunities. Many of our guests become actively involved in giving back through wildlife initiatives or community programmes. Our guests have positive impacts on the places and people they visit. Simply by being here, they provide funding that supports and enables conservation.
Secondly, we have vetted organisations and selected to actively support the following Rhino-based programmes that align with our philosophy:
For every Timeless Africa Safaris guest who travels with us, we make a donation to StopRhinoPoaching in order to prevent the extinction of one of the world’s most beautiful and endangered species. Please follow this link should you wish to know more about this initiative: stoprhinopoaching.com
The Rhinos Are Coming!
Every year, we take part in a national art project to raise awareness and funds for rhino protection. Our most recent life-size rhino was painted by children from the Lalela Project (uplifting kids through art). It was on display in the V&A Waterfont alongside rhinos by artists from all over South Africa and contributions by other generous donors.
Every guest who travels with us receives a goody bag and one of the enclosed gifts is a handmade beaded bracelet (that provides employment) with all the proceeds going towards rhino conservation.