August 2

19 Reasons We Love Working at Rhino Africa


August 2, 2023

Ever wondered what it's like working at Rhino Africa? Well, we love being part of the Rhino Crash for many reasons! However, in celebration of our 19th birthday, we've whittled down the list to the top 19 reasons we're proud to be called Rhinos.

Rhino Africa team dressed in rhino onesies

Us rhinos like to look the part too!

1. We Make our Travellers' Dreams Come True

First and foremost, we love working at Rhino Africa because we make travellers' dreams come true! Many people will only dream about seeing our vast African landscapes, majestic wildlife, and fascinating cultures in person. However, we have the power and first-hand expertise not only to make it happen but to make it an extraordinary experience!

Just read some of our past guests' raving reviews. Thank you to every one of our guests who helped us get an excellent Trustpilot rating of 4.9/5!  

Elephant sighting on viewing deck

We make safari dreams come true, Image Credit: Sanctuary Chief's Camp

2. We’re the World's Best Safari Company 

Although we're not a boastful bunch, some things are worth being loud and proud about! Our Rhino Crash has worked hard consistently to earn our stripes as the World's Best Safari Company. 

Past guests of Rhino Africa watching the sunset in Namibia

Guests from across the globe trust us to plan their bucket list adventures, Image Credit: Katja und Walter Birrer

3. We’ve Got Big Hearts 

Our love for our continent fuels everything we do at Rhino Africa. Therefore, our main purpose as a company is to protect and uplift our local African communities, wildlife, and landscapes. We have Impact Partners we support to help us achieve this, like the Good Work Foundation, that's Africa's first digital learning campus model. They are helping to drive digital learning while connecting rural communities to the rest of the world, reimagining education, and creating job opportunities in Africa as a whole. 

Then there are the sweet little faces at Khumbulani Daycare. We love visiting and supporting this haven for the vulnerable, in particular children affected and infected by HIV/AIDS, and it's a cause that's very close to our hearts. 

The Khumbulani Day Care Centre is an initiative near and dear to our hearts

The Khumbulani Day Care Centre is an initiative near and dear to our hearts

4. We’re Big on Impact and Saving Africa’s Wildlife 

Africa's brimming with wondrous wildlife, and we want to keep it that way! By partnering with conservation heroes like WildlifeACT, we strive to protect our most vulnerable species from extinction, so that future generations can also marvel at their magnificence in real life.

WildlifeACT fights to protect our endangered species

WildlifeACT fights to protect endangered wildlife species like rhinos

 5. We're the Authority on Luxury African Travel 

Our CEO and Founder, David Ryan, is a highly influential voice in the travel industry, not just in South Africa but globally and in the LGBTQ+ space. He's a proud ambassador for IGLTA (International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association) and has been awarded for his positive influence in the travel industry. 

David Ryan, CEO and Founder of Rhino Africa

David Ryan, CEO and Founder of Rhino Africa, at the HQ in Cape Town

6. We Only Work With the Best in Africa 

When you want the best, you need to work with the best. We have all the top suppliers on speed dial and have long-standing relationships with premium luxury brands like Londolozi, Singita, andBeyond, and many more.

Londolozi is one of the best in the safari industry

We only partner with the very best in the industry, Image Credit: Londolozi Game Reserve

7. We Show Up like Pink Flamingos

We've got a whole list of credos we live by, but one of our favourites is to "show up like pink flamingos". What does this mean? Well, we're bold and love a good party! We don't just show up – we show up with pizazz!  

Rhino Africa staff party

We work hard and play hard at Rhino Africa

8. We're One Big Family

We're more than a bunch of employees working in a building. We're like family! And we really mean that. Becoming a Rhino is an honour. And although we're a diverse bunch from all walks of life, we share a treasured bond. 

We are like family at Rhino Africa

We are family, I've got all my sisters with me...

9. Unforgettable Moments in the African Wilderness

We live and breathe Africa. Travelling through our continent is our favourite way to spend our time, and we do it extensively! One of the many perks of working at Rhino Africa is getting incredible travel opportunities.

Rhino Africa Travel Experts on safari in Botswana

We love clinking a G&T on safari

10. We Believe in Transparency

At Rhino Africa, we're all in the loop of what's happening in the company. We believe this is important because it ensures everyone is on the same path and working towards the same goal. We do this through bi-monthly company updates and regular meetings with the leadership team.

All-hands meeting at Rhino Africa HQ

We get important insights into the business at our all-hands meetings

11. Our Green Office Space in the Heart of Cape Town

The Rhino Africa HQ is anything but dull! We've created a green hub, so we love going in to spend our days there. From evergreen plants adorning our office building (seriously, they're everywhere!) to eco-conscious initiatives, we believe in caring for our planet and ourselves. Plus, the coffee’s really good! 

Rhino Africa HQ in Cape Town, South Africa

Our HQ in Woodstock, Cape Town

12. Inclusive Employer 

Our home in Cape Town is one of the world's most gay-friendly and diverse cities. As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, it can be daunting to show your true, authentic self to your employer. However, you don't have to waste a second stressing about this at Rhino Africa! With many of our Rhino Crash being loud and proud LGBTQ+ members, including our very own CEO and Founder David Ryan, you can rest assured you'll be welcomed with open arms. We're very proud of this inclusive culture we've fostered.

Rhino crash hugging at staff party

We're proud to have a very inclusive culture at Rhino Africa

13. Melting Pot of Cultures and Languages

Our home country South Africa has 11 official languages, so it only makes sense that this is reflected in our Rhino Crash. Many of our Rhinos speak two or more local languages. Plus, we also have German, French, Spanish, and Portuguese-speaking Rhinos hailing from all over the world! We strive to talk to our guests in their home languages whenever possible. 

Our Rhino Africa Travel Experts all speak different languages

Our Travel Experts all speak different languages

14. Collective African Expertise of over 350 Years

Our Travel Experts have slept in the beds, dined on the food, sipped the wine, savoured the G&Ts, marvelled at the wildlife on the game drives, and more. And it's for this very reason that they're so unbelievably good at tailoring itineraries for our guests! Each and every one of them has decades of experience, and it shows. They are what makes us the Best Safari Company in the world. Go on, reach out to them, and you'll see what we're on about! 

Rhino Africa at Londolozu

Our Rhino Travel Experts in the bush

15. Leaving a Legacy in Africa 

We practise what we preach. When we say we're big on doing good and making a difference, we mean it! For example, we've done multiple charity runs to raise money for worthy causes, we frequently visit Khumbulani to give the little ones some love, spread some cheer, and so much more. Furthermore, for every seven guests we bring to Africa, we ensure a sustainable job is created! 

Staff at Silvan Safari, World's Leading Luxury Lodge

Creating jobs throughout Africa

16. Personal Growth

Our Rhino Crash is only as good as our Rhinos. Therefore, we believe in helping you become the best version of yourself through ongoing in-house training, opportunities to expand your skill set outside the company, and so much more.

Members of the Rhino Africa Crash

We believe in upskilling our staff, so they can be the best versions of themselves

17. Rhinos Get a Kick out of Being Naughty

Wait, what? Yes, indeed, it's true! We love being a little naughty. This means we are responsibly rebellious, take calculated risks, and are definitely not shy to be the first to try something! In fact, we love entering uncharted territory. And this is especially true when creating a better experience for our guests through innovation and disruption.

David Ryan at staff function

Having fun and being a little bit naughty is part of the package when working at Rhino Africa

18. We Challenge the Status Quo

If you're looking for the run-of-the-mill, vanilla company, move along because we're anything but that! We don't just accept, we challenge, and we always like to stay just that little bit uncomfortable because no one has ever achieved great things in their cushy comfort zone.

Rhino Africa team working together

At Rhino Africa, we like to ask "why" and challenge ourselves

19. We Push the Boundaries

We always strive to be the very best versions of ourselves, which often means pushing beyond what we thought was possible. We ask questions, have an insatiable appetite for knowledge, and love looking at the world through a different lens.

Toast Seagers at Rhino Africa year end function event

We push the boundaries and enjoy the rewards

Visit Africa or Join the Rhino Crash Today

By deciding to book your trip with us, you directly contribute to making this life-changing magic happen. Reach out to our Travel Experts, who'll tailor-make the ultimate African adventure for you using their first-hand experience and connections collected over many, many years. 

Looking for a new career opportunity? If you decide to join the Rhino Crash as one of our beloved team members, you'll not only get to enjoy these 19 perks of working at Rhino Africa, but you'll help leave a lasting legacy on our magical continent. You can keep an eye on our Careers Page for any exciting new vacancies that might tickle your fancy. 

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About the author 

Tania de Kock

Tania has always been an avid reader, which ultimately led to her life-long dream of becoming a best-selling author. She loves travelling, super spicy food, South African wine, and cats! When she's not reading with a glass of wine, you can find her at the nearest beach or camping, running or hiking in the mountains.

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