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Every day we are reminded what a privilege it is to be African, and I am constantly in awe of how blessed we are to have Africa’s people, wildlife, and landscapes as our everyday mentor, inspiration, and guide. There is simply no end to the kindness, beauty and talent found on this continent. It is this passion that lights our fire and drives our vision of creating a lasting impact on this continent we call home.
David Ryan, CEO & Founder of Rhino Africa
Since Rhino Africa’s story began in 2004, we have grown and thrived beyond our wildest dreams. Uplifting the continent’s people and protecting our wild spaces has always been the golden thread that connects our vision and purpose, driving us to lead and support sustainable development programmes of empowerment, education and protection.
Support our most vulnerable communities
Covid-19 is bringing out the best in people around the world as we experience unprecedented acts of generosity and a demonstration of our shared humanity. Indeed, we at Rhino Africa are experiencing first-hand an outpouring of generosity and offers of support from many of our guests from around the world. Whether it is to assist us with our continued effort to protect Africa’s wildlife until global travel and tourism recovers, or ensuring that Rhino Africa continues supporting its various outreach edu-programs – the goodwill from the friends of Rhino Africa has been heartwarming. We can’t quite believe just how many of you have been in contact; each of you I am sure are facing your own tests and trials and so we are deeply thankful for your concern.
Here is a powerful idea of where we would love you, our Rhinos, our partners and our guests to get involved in. Two of our major integrated social investments which Rhino Africa regularly support is the Good Work Foundation (GWF) and the Click Foundation. Core to their DNA is an ability to be agile and to reimagine, particularly during this difficult time.
Digital learning in rural areas, photo credit: Good Work Foundation
Currently over 36 000 young learners are meant to be attending weekly digital literacy classes, through the Good Work Foundation and Click Foundations schools and campuses across South Africa. With the closure of these schools and campuses, came the closure of all government-led feeding programmes. Programmes our children are dependent on. The loss of income from tourism, due to the Covid-19, has placed many rural families in financial difficulty and food scarcity is becoming more and more prevalent, particularly in these rural areas.
It therefore occurred to us that we could use the existing GWF and Click Foundation management infrastructure and logistical capabilities to distribute nutritious food parcels to these students and their wider families during this difficult time (students are hopefully returning to school in late July 2020).
Children are able to develop critical skills, photo credit: The Click Foundation
In response to this, to help our students and their families during this crisis, while school feeding programmes remain closed, we are looking to purchase 100 000 bags of Maize, a staple for many African communities. A 12.5 kg bag of Maize costs R 60 ($3.50) and will feed a family of 10 for up to a week.
Help us continue the relief work that we are doing now.Help us unleash the important work that has been many years in the making. Help us continue to take a stand for access to wonder-filled learning.
You can support us by simply buying a bag (or 10) of Maize. We will take care of the logistics and distribution as every cent raised goes directly to food security for our children and their families:
We hope our entire Rhino Africa community will join us as we continue to support and uplift communities through this crisis. Lastly, please when possible come and visit us in Africa! We really don’t mind who you book with, as long as you choose Africa (… okay and us!).
Rhino Africa is Africa’s leading safari company that specialises in tailor-made luxury travel in Southern and East Africa, including the Indian Ocean Islands. Based in Cape Town, we use our local expert knowledge to create once-in-a-lifetime journeys for 16,000 guests every year. Success within the safari industry has granted us the great privilege of supporting the causes we are passionate about. This is more than a passion – it is a burning, all-encompassing desire to ensure that we do whatever we can to support the special, on-the-ground movements that underpin conservation and rural education in Africa. We leverage our talent at tailor-made holidays to join forces with inspired groups and individuals in Africa, whose talents lie in protecting endangered species and empowering rural education, to achieve their dreams.
By travelling with us, you’re automatically supporting our good causes
Basically what it comes down to: Rhino Africa helps the dreams we steadfastly believe in, come true. Whether that’s bucket list African holidays, helping a child reach his/her true potential or protecting wildlife, we’re committed to uplifting this continent through travel. Tourism provides accessible employment opportunities, geographic diversification and increased foreign currency receipts, better than any other industry. That is why we believe travel has the potential to change the world – and now more than ever, our planet needs the kind of travel that gives back!
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David makes things happen! With a canny inability to sit still for a minute, it’s a miracle he actually sat down long enough to finish his degree in economics. David is a brave and pioneering entrepreneur with a true passion for Africa - especially Africa's wildlife. With his African Grey parrot by his side, there is more than a hint of the Dolittles about our intrepid leader. Before founding Rhino Africa David spent a number of years earning his stripes and cutting his teeth in the industry. David’s interests include photography and travel, and having travelled extensively through Africa most of the images on the Rhino Africa website hail from his well organised image library!
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