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.
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.
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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