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Wilderness Safaris Supports Riding for Rhinos SRT Namibia TourBy Wendy Ngcobo, Wilderness Safaris
The annual 160 km RMB Ride for Rhinos mountain bike event took place from 18 – 21 July in Namibia’s vast and rugged Palmwag Concession to raise funds for Save the Rhino Trust (SRT) Namibia.
“We are thrilled to have once again supported this exciting initiative to help create rhino awareness and generate funds for ongoing management and protection of the species within the Palmwag area. With conserving and restoring Africa’s wilderness and wildlife at the core of our vision, Wilderness Safaris Namibia has been committed to providing essential support to this event since its inception in 2015”, says Johan Fourie, cyclist leader and Wilderness Safaris Namibia Service Quality and Training Manager.
More of an adventurous nature experience than a race, the annual four-day tour enables participants to enjoy the breathtaking landscapes of Namibia, from the starting point in Wêreldsend, through the Palmwag Concession and on to Damaraland. Cyclists complete some 30 km each day, with a climbing range of about 250 to as much as 400 metres.
This year Wilderness Safaris provided assistance with route mapping, vehicles and operational support for the group. Wilderness Safaris Desert Rhino Camp, which operates in close partnership with SRT, was proud to host the cyclists on their last night of the ride.
Desert Rhino Camp is a joint venture between Wilderness Safaris, SRT, and the nearby community conservancies of Torra, Sesfontein and Anabeb, with a portion of guests’ nightly rates directly funding black rhino monitoring and various other conservation activities in the region. This collaboration is instrumental in many conservation successes in Damaraland’s remote and harsh environment, most notably a healthy growth in the black rhino population over the past three decades.