South Africa Outdoor ActivitiesRhino Tracking in South Africa
Spot these awe-inspiring creatures in their natural habitat and gain true knowledge of all their wonders and characteristics.
Rhino Tracking in South Africa - The South African rhino, whilst massively powerful with a foreboding presence, is still endearing to most animal lovers. Although the rhino weighs in at around 2 tons and stands approximately 1.8m tall, it is far from cumbersome and slow. The South African rhino can reach speeds of up to 60km per hour over short distances.
Unfortunately this incredible animal has been under threat and the South African rhino population declined. According to the AWF, the black rhino population is down 97.6% since 1960. In South Africa there has been ongoing recovery of black rhino populations, and the country's population accounts for approximately 40% of the total wild black rhino population.
Hundreds of South African Game Reserves are protecting the few rhinos still left in their natural habitat. What better way to explore these amazing and delightful animals than to go on a rhino tracking Safari in South Africa. For successful rhino tracking, you’ll need to know the basics of animal behaviour as well as the tracks and signs they leave behind. Individual rhinos can be identified by the distinctive random pattern of cracks that show up in their spoor. This allows trackers to track individual rhinos and collect data on their behaviour and feeding habits.
The Kruger National Park offers Rhino tracking safaris that’ll allow you discover nature’s hidden wonders in specially tailored walking trails through a 12,000 ha private wilderness. Highly qualified guides will share their wealth of bush and rhino knowledge with you from the identification of animals, trees, grasses, insects and birds to the medicinal uses of plants, folklore and basic tracking and survival skills. Discover the excitement of, after a while of tracking spoors and clues, finding a pack of rhino in all their glory. Many fine Game Lodges offer Rhino tracking safaris within the Park as well as the most luxurious Kruger Park Accommodation, fine dining and a wildlife experience second to none.
At Leopard Mountain Game Lodge which is situated within the Zululand Rhino Reserve, highly skilled rangers will take you on a Rhino Tracking Safari. The Zululand Rhino Reserve was created in 1995 in a strategic partnership between the World Wildlife Fund, Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife and property owners, to provide a haven for the fast dwindling black rhino population.
This has now become the new home for a significant black rhino population and in 2006 the Reserve was blessed with its first beautiful black rhino calf. The founder population introduced into the reserve will form a breeding pool from which the black rhino, which is 1 of the 10 most endangered mammals in the world, can recover and increase in number.
Still in KwaZulu Natal, within the Pongola Game Reserve, White Elephant Safari Lodge offers Rhino walks which are an exhilarating experience. Gain an even closer understanding of these prehistoric mammals, their ways and their battle against extinction. At the Game Lodge guests will also be offered the opportunity of participating in the elephant monitoring programme, which is documenting research on the translocated elephant herds. At Shayamoya Game Lodge (also in the Pongola Game Reserve), guests can enjoy stretching their legs where they encounter animals and especially the 'prehistoric looking' rhino on foot. The trails are not strenuous so they are enjoyable for people of all fitness levels.
Weenen Game Reserve (established in 1974) has become one of the most enjoyable wildlife enthusiasts’ holiday destination. Its white rhino population exceeds 50, making it one of the most densely populated rhino reserves in South Africa. For those looking for an intimate wildlife experience, Weenen Game Reserve offers exciting Rhino tracking in the company of qualified guides and trackers and guarantees an adrenaline pumping adventure. Visitors who choose to seek out this amazing animal will have the opportunity to meander through the shifting vegetation and view other numerous game species that occur in abundance within this gem of a game park.
South Africa offers you the finest opportunities to go rhino tracking through an abundance of magnificent wilderness.
Popular Rhino Tracking & Rhino Related Activities
Rhino Walking Safaris
Where? Kruger Park
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Palala Rhino Sanctuary
Are you looking to get some great footage of South Africas beautiful Rhinos? With Rhinos being protected and under such threat, majority of game parks have prevented film crews and photographers entry to the reserve for production. At Palala Rhino...
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Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve
Where? Cradle of Humankind
Savannah country surrounds the park where experienced animal handlers track hoof prints on private game drives through the bush to locate the best viewing of wild animals in their natural habitat. Predators and herbivores; hunters and hunted; tame...
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Perhaps one hundred thousand rhino roamed the African landscape in the sixties, but war, corruption, greed and the indifference of man, have led to its near demise. The Thino Museum highlights the evolutionary history, habitats and...
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