Walking with rhinos… In the first place, how cool sounds that!? We never thought we’d have the chance to get up that close and personal with the most majestic and endangered creatures on the planet. During our overland camping tour with Acacia Africa, we were lucky enough to meet them in Zimbabwe. More specifically in Matopos National Park one of the country’s best-kept secrets. Believe us, a once-in-a-lifetime experience you don’t want to miss!
Matopos National Park
The Matopos National Park, a short distance from Bulawayo which is Zimbabwe’s second-largest city, is perhaps the most unique nature park in the world. The Matobo Hills in the park we’re even declared as UNESCO World Heritage Site. When you enter Matopos National Park, you’re feeling like you’re on a different planet. With breathtaking views, historic heritage, bushmen paintings, and huge rock formations, it’s such a beautiful place. Besides the large numbers of rhinos, the park is home to other amazing wildlife like the cheetah, leopard, zebra, giraffe, hippo, crocodiles, as well as many more other species. As there are no lions or elephants, the park is a safer place to go on a guided safari walk. And the memorable safari you can do here is the rhino tracking on foot.
We have been on many safaris, but this one was by far the most unique one. The “walking with rhinos” experience was part of our overland camping tour with Acacia Africa and is truly a must-do for everyone. It felt like a detective story, a thriller, and a romance, all in one. It’s hard to describe, being so close and personal with these massive and wild creatures, was such a unique and unforgettable moment. A moment of full adrenaline, silence, trying to breathe normally and thinking the whole time WOW, WOW, WOW. Especially, our encounter with a 9-day-old baby rhino and its mom standing only a few meters in front of us will be a memory that will last forever.
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Saving the rhinos, how can we help?
Together with elephants, rhinos have a very important role in our nature and their environment. Protecting them is not only crucial for the vegetation but also for the survival of many other species. And rhinos are, sad to say, critically endangered due to poaching – due to the high value of rhino horn – and habitat loss. Many people are working and tracking day and night to safeguard them, which is wonderful to know. But their survival also depends on our help. A visit to Matopos National Park means you’re part of saving the rhinos and supporting their wonderful “Matobo Rhino Trust” program. This program includes a fencing project, anti-poaching, dehorning, and a community that plays a crucial role to protect these amazing creatures. We really hope you can meet them soon too. (before it’s maybe even too late)
And please don’t hesitate to spread the word and share this information with all your friends and family to bring an end to the needless murder of the rhinos. Together we can help raise awareness and change the future for them.
We all have the responsibility to save the wildlife and take care of our planet. Every day we have on this earth is a chance to make it a better place.
Mik & Valerie