- I did not plan to stay with Judie and Bruce but i think that this was the best part of my journey. Sometimes you do meet people in your life where you do have a good vibe with. It is unbelievable that you can have that kind of connection after a couple of hours. They help you out if you need their help, the give you the right advice if you ask for it. They are very professional in what they do and there heart is on the right place. I learnt a lot about the bush, there are so knowledgeable and i spent one year in the bush before i met them. I did not spend only that first night at there place. I have been back twice to spend more time with them. I hope to keep in touch with them for a long time. I will be a visitor again when i will visit them but it feels as a member of the family.- Ruud Aalders The Netherlands
News & Updates
Winning the Rhino War only to lose again?
Poaching Rhino now (2010) and then (1995)
Will this scourge of Rhino poaching never cease? As I considered writing about this topic so close to my heart I feel picture stays the same somewhat. The numbers grow , arrests are made, there was simply nothing to say that hasn’t yet been said. But with the almost daily bombardment of shocking images, blaring headlines and sad statistics on tabloid and screen there is a fury growing and maybe this is what we require.
Years ago during the transitional years of South Africa there was also a sudden surge in rhino poaching and at that time, together with our team of committed colleagues we formed Rhino Monitoring Units. This was probably the first in the now extensive field of Volunteer Tourism and was a proactive effort to prevent poaching by a strong presence and vigilant monitoring. Understandably this is no easy task when we are talking free roaming rhino in extensive reserves. To monitor rhino we made use of technology. Then we used the ground-breaking invention of the GPS and grid maps to plot rhino movements and home ranges. We were donated camera equipment by Cannon and lugged bulky video and still cameras around the bush to later print out rolls of film and edit hours of video tape. Technology was the answer; we even researched micro chipping the rhino horns with tracking devices that would be activated upon removal from the body and generally looked to modern electronic devises to make the monitoring both ground breaking and fun.