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The countdown to this Saturday’s Global March for Elephants and Rhinos, taking place on Saturday October 4 in 134 cities across the planet, has kicked off this week with the announcement of a fantastic, world-wide competition, valued at US$60 000!

Two wildlife enthusiasts stand a chance to win an incredible 12-night safari at six of sub-Saharan Africa’s most luxurious and renowned destinations – complete with all internal flights, transfers and a host of activities – for them and their partners.

© Leopard Hills Private Game Reserve
© Leopard Hills Private Game Reserve

This safari of a lifetime kicks off in Cape Town, with stays at Ellerman House and Mannabay before transferring to South Africa’s legendary Sabi Sands game reserve where the game viewing begins in earnest at Chitwa Chitwa and Leopard Hills lodges. From the Sabi Sands the winners and their partners will be flown to Zambia and Royal Chundu, located on the banks of the mighty Zambezi close to the magnificent Victoria Falls, before heading to Botswana and the Selinda Reserve for two nights at Selinda Explorers’ Camp on the banks of the famous spillway.

© Mannabay
© Mannabay

“We’ve been blown away by the support we have been given from the hotel and lodge owners in putting this competition together, and to SA Airlink and Rhino Africa Tours who have donated the transfers and flights,” says Global March organiser Dex Kotze.

The competition is open to all worldwide supporters of the march and its two categories are aimed at highlighting the magnificence of endangered wildlife and its global appeal to travellers from all walks of life, as well as stressing the plight of these iconic species by emphasising the irreparable damage the illegal wildlife trade is doing.

There are two categories to enter. “Category A is for a photograph, graphic design, photograph of a drawing or painting which encapsulates the themes of the march,” says Dex. “Category B is for a video of less than a minute in length or an original song recorded on video.”

Entries can only be made via the Global March website. The competition ends on 10 November and winners in each category will be announced on 16 November 2014.

© Chitwa Chitwa
© Chitwa Chitwa

The competition’s announcement marks the start of the final week of planning for the Global March for Elephants and Rhinos with organisers across the world putting the finishing touches to arrangements which should see hundreds of thousands of people take to the streets on six continents in support of elephants, rhinos and other endangered species.

“It’s all up to the public now,” says Dex. “We need as many people as possible to join us on the big day to send a clear message to the leaders of this world that we are not going to tolerate the widespread slaughter of our animals any more.”

In Africa 37 cities are participating in the movement, with marches taking place in destinations as diverse as Dar es Salaam and Soweto, Bloemfontein and Maputo. “Anyone can join a march,” explains Dex. “All you have to do is arrive at the departure point, put on a good pair of walking shoes and stride out for our magnificent wildlife!”

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