The tour of a lifetime
The “Ride for Rhinos” cycle tour is a fund raising cycle safari undertaken on the 24rd to the 28th of October 2015. The tour is presented by Travel News Namibia, in co-operation with RMB, Wilderness Safaris, Cymot and Namibia Exclusive as part of a fund raising initiative in benefit of the Save the Rhino Trust (SRT). The tour will offer an exclusive group of cyclists (20 pax max) a once in a lifetime chance to enter important rhino conservation areas. The tour will act as both a MTB challenge and a scenic “saddle-back” safari. Accommodation in the form of camping facilities will be set up by Wilderness Explorations. The trail will offer cyclist both challenging MTB terrain and visually stunning landscapes. One day of the tour will also focus on actual rhino tracking with experienced SRT guides. A host of specialists will accompany the tour to serve as guides and give educational campfire talks each night, including Dr. Conrad Brain, Ginger Mauney and the CEO of SRT, Simson Uri-Khob.
A call to action
The goal of the tour is not only to raise funds for SRT, but also to raise awareness about their efforts and difficulties. SRT operates in a remote, rugged area of more than a million hectares, with few fences, no national park status and no controls over who goes in or out. For the past thirty years, SRT has patrolled the area and the rhino population has rebounded from the point of near extinction to a level that all Namibians can be proud of.
There is no time for complacency. Organized crime syndicates are here, targeting our rhinos. SRT is intensifying its efforts in the face of this threat. Become part of the fight to save the rhino.
Dates, terrains and off-road adventures24 -28 October 2015
24 October: Arrive at Palmwag Lodge, where the tour group will camp for the first night. Vehicles can be left in the shaded parking area of the main lodge, to which the tour will return.
25 October: The cyclists depart from Palmwag Lodge on the first leg of their journey, into the Palmwag Conservancy. The first leg of the tour will cover approximately 61km of rugged rocky terrain, with two water points and a bush lunch, before reaching the end destination of the day, Orunendes.
26 October: On the second leg of the tour, the cyclists will embark on a scenic loop and explore more of the conservancy, including its dry river beds and sudden steep climbs. Waterpoints and a bush lunch will once again be provided. The afternoon is set out for a rhino tracking adventure with experienced SRT guides. The position of rhinos in the area and the accessibility thereof will determine whether the tracking will be done by bike or on foot. The night is once again spent at Orunendes. The second leg of the tour will cover an area of approximately 50km.
27 October: The final day of the tour takes the cyclists on a 43km trek over the rugged terrain back to Palmwag Lodge. Those brave enough can then attempt to conquer the steep Grootberg Pass or choose to travel with their vehicles to the final destination, Omatendeka Lodge, where we will end the tour off in a spectacular fashion at this brand new 5 star luxury lodge.
Every guest will be required to make their own way to Palmwag Lodge & Campsite for the start of the tour. Fly-in packages are available upon request. To book the fly-in extension package please contact Elzanne Erasmus directly at email@example.com or +264 81 367 3583.
How to save a life
Costs: N$ 6 000 (all inclusive). This amount covers tours costs. The aim of the tour however, is to raise funds to provide SRT with a new Toyota Land Cruiser for their rhino protection initiatives. Any contribution in the form of sponsorship from either yourself or your company will thus go towards attaining this goal. The vehicle will go towards helping SRT in their enormous task to deter poaching, track and keep record of rhinos under their watchful eye.
Save the Rhino Trust was founded in 1982 with the mandate to monitor and conduct research on the desert-dwelling rhinos in the Kunene region. With support from the Ministry of Environment and Tourism, WWF, IRDNC, NACSO, conservancies and local community members, SRT is proud to be part ensuring that the rhino population has grown and expanded over the past three decades.
Save the Rhino Trust is the only rhino conservation group in Namibia that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Environment and Tourism. Read more about SRT and their work here. The more you read the more you’ll know...
Read more about Namibia’s spectacular rhinos and the country’s epic plight to save them on Travel News Namibia.
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Questions and Enquiries
Contact Elzanne Erasmus at firstname.lastname@example.org or +264 81 367 3583.