Southern White Rhino Ceratotherium Simum
HillsNek Safaris is committed to the conservation of the Southern White Rhino Ceratotherium Simum. The historical range of the southern white rhino is from southern Angola through Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Swaziland into the northern, northwestern and subtropical eastern areas of South Africa.
By 1900, the only remaining population comprised 10-20 animals in the Umfolozi region in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. It is from this relic population that the more than 20,000 southern white rhinos present in Africa today were derived. South Africa has therefore clearly played an absolutely critical role in the survival and recovery of the southern white rhino.
This has been achieved through a number of innovations, ranging from the darting and translocation of white rhino to create new populations (which started in 1961), sale to the private sector, the introduction of trophy hunting in 1968 and the auctioning of rhino which began in 1989.
The white rhino story represents one of the most successful conservation efforts of all time and HillsNek Safaris, through intense daily monitoring and Amakhala Game Reserve providing the optimum habitat, strives to protect and promote the population growth of the southern white rhino in Africa.
Sadly in late 2010, Amakhala Game Reserve fell victim to the vicious war of rhino poaching and lost 2 prominent white rhino bulls. Determined to protect and conserve this species more than ever, the Chipembere Rhino Foundation was established as a separate, privately-run non-profit organization, aimed at conserving rhino and supporting the stringent anti-poaching efforts needed.
Visit www.chipembere.org for further information on this foundation.
A percentage of every bed night sold at HillsNek is donated to the Chipembere Rhino Foundation ensuring that every guest that visits is contributing to saving rhinos.