Day 1: Project Rhino KZN on the PutFoot Rally

With the crack of a cockerel crowing at 5 o’clock in the morning, we set off on an epic adventure – 6 countries, 6 checkpoints, and 7,000km in 17 days.

day1 put foot rally 2012 project rhino kzn

© Etienne Oosthuizen

Our mission? To raise awareness about the rhino-poaching crisis in Southern Africa, and to generate much needed funds for Project Rhino KwaZulu-Natal. As you travel up the west coast away from Cape Town, the environment is the polar opposite to that of Zululand. The open scrub of the Nama Karoo and fynbos is strikingly different to that of the acacia thickets and vegetated riverines of Natal. All five of us are Natal residents – Vicky is an archaeologist with Africa Conservation Trust (ACT), Jens a research intern with the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA), Jeff a professional photographer with ACT, and Doris works with ACT and Project Rhino KZN. All of these NGO’s have clubbed together under the Project Rhino flag, to co-ordinate rhino conservation interventions aimed at eliminating poaching and securing the rhino populations in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

With Johannesburg and Cape Town marked as departure points for the sixty vehicles taking part in the rally, soon Namibia and Botswana will be crawling with a medley of Citi Golfs, VW combies, Suzuki’s, Mercedes 280s and a couple of clowns doing the trip on a scooter. It all goes to show, the average person in the average car can travel in Southern Africa.

More updates to follow soon!

Find out more about the Put Foot Rally and how you can follow their progress here

Find out more about Project Rhino KZN

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Etienne Oosthuizen

I am a professional field guide with an irrepressible enthusiasm for wildlife photography – a born and bred Zimbabwean, I grew up on a tobacco farm where I was exposed to the great outdoors from a young age. Now with more than 10 years guiding experience across 5 countries, and many hours spent behind a camera, I have realised that photography has the potential to become our greatest conservation tool. I now live in Zululand where I work at Thanda Private Game Reserve and am an active member of Project Rhino KZN – dedicated to the protection of South Africa's rhinos.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Simon.Espley1 Simon Espley

    Good luck and enjoy!

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