Welgevonden Game Reserve in the Waterberg (Limpopo province) will be celebrating World Rhino Day on 22 September 2018 through its sponsorship of a life-size rhino sculpture that forms part of the The Rhinos Are Coming!!! (TRAC) initiative.
World Rhino Day was first announced by WWF-South Africa in 2010 and is commemorated as a global phenomenon, uniting NGOs, cause-related organizations, businesses, and concerned individuals from nearly every corner of the world.
The Rhinos Are Coming!!! project sets out to raise funds to help fight the ongoing scourge of rhino poaching and was created in response to the devastating assault on the rhino population by poachers. Over 5000 known rhino have been poached in South Africa in the last eight years and it is estimated that there are only some 18,900 white and 2,040 black rhinos left on earth. Rhinos are still at risk of becoming extinct and of the five rhino species, Africa’s black rhino has been classified as Critically Endangered.
The spectacular Welgevonden rhino was painted by Cape Town based artist Care One Love in typical African landscape greens, complete with an iconic aloe and a sunbird on the one side, and the word CARE prominently displayed on its other side. The artist, Claire Homewood says she was called to contribute to the rhino project through her inspiration by wild nature and the importance of environmental concerns. The Welgevonden rhino is currently exhibited at a high traffic area of the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town where it draws public attention not only as a beautiful work of art, but also as an educational tool and reminder of the plight of the rhino.
Welgevonden Game Reserve is owned by private shareholders, and includes only a small number of commercial game lodges. Mhondoro Safari Lodge & Villa is one of the top end, 5-star lodges within the reserve. The owners of Mhondoro, Dutch nationals Frank and Myriam Vogel, are keen conservation champions and contribute to the Welgevonden Game Reserve through their charity, the MF Foundation. Stretching across 35 000 hectares, the privately owned, Welgevonden Game Reserve runs a highly effective anti-poaching Rhino Husbandry Programme. The varied terrain and a diverse natural habitat provides sanctuary for over 2000 plant species, 350 bird species and 129 mammal species, including the ‘Big 5’. Guests have the rare opportunity to view its large white rhino population in the wild, and may participate in guided, educational walks to learn more about these prehistoric looking animals who have roamed the earth for around 40 million years.
MORE ABOUT MHONDORO GAME LODGE & VILLA
Dutch-owned Mhondoro is a fusion of African chic and edgy European influences. Unique features include a photographer’s dream: a waterhole with underground hide that is connected with the main lodge by a tunnel; and three heated swimming pools.
Privately owned, Welgevonden Game Reserve stretches across 35 000 hectares in the Waterberg and is a mere 2h45-minute drive or a 50-minute flight from Johannesburg. Guests can expect varied terrain and a diverse natural habitat featuring the ‘Big 5’, including a large white rhino population. Guided walks with the endangered white rhino are very popular with guests, as is watching the ‘resident’ herd of elephants who visit the lodge’s waterhole daily. Mhondoro is the ultimate big sky destination, with stunning unimpeded sunrises and sunsets over the Waterberg mountains and valleys. The wildlife experience is complemented by Mhondoro’s luxurious accommodation, indulgent spa treatments, fine cuisine and passionate service.
Mhondoro is child-friendly and welcomes children of all ages. Little travellers can run free at the dedicated open-air play area, which is protected by an elephant fence. A play room in the main lodge is stocked with games where children can enjoy themselves without disturbing other guests, while special children’s activities can also be arranged. (Children under 6 years of age may not be accommodated on scheduled game drives when other guests are joining. Private game drives may be arranged for families with small children at a rate of R750 per game drive, subject to the availability of a vehicle and a ranger.)