Overview

Dates: May 19-25, 2022
- Get hands-on with rhinos in the wild and be part of an immersive wildlife conservation experience to help protect rhinos from poachers.
- Help care for baby orphaned rhinos.
- Join our veterinarians in the wild to help ear notch rhinos, take blood/hair samples and trim down their horns to protect the rhinos from poaching attacks.
100% of the cost of this trip directly funds the @URhinoProject (Upmost Foundation) Non-profit.

Itinerary:

Day 1 (May 20) At 11am we depart from the lobby of the Premier hotel Umhalnga Rocks on a 3 hour drive for our host safari lodge in Zululand (located 10 minutes from where we run our rhino rescue operations) followed by dinner at 6pm and some local entertainment. We recommend that you arrive into Durban a day earlier as most connecting flights wont get you into Durban before 10.30am which is the time you would need to land in order to not miss the road transfer today. We recommend you book your hotel at the Premier Hotel Umhlanga Rocks since this is a great location close to a wide variety of resturants, the gym etc. and its where the road transfer pick up will be.

Day 2 (May 21) Rhino orphange volunteer day. Activities include:
1) Mixing milk and feeding any baby orphaned rhino's currently under the care of the orphanage.
2) Weighing and letting the rhinos into the exercise boma.
3) Dropping feed off with orphans that were released.
4) Cutting fresh green grass for Leko (orphanged rhino) and Dorothy the goat (Leko’s companion).
5) Taking teff and Lucerne to the hippo boma.
6) Cleaning and sterilising pens and picking up dung.
7) Planting trees at the orphanage and boma areas.
8) Wildlife Tracking in the park (Cheetah, Wild dogs, Elephant etc)
Note: Activities may change depending on what help is needed at the orphange at the time of your visit.

Day 3 (May 22) Rhino Rescue Expedition: Today you will join our Wildlife Management Team bright and early for a rhino dehorning, ear notching and medical check-up procedure. Rhino dehorning has proven to be an effective measure to deter rhino poaching. You will participate in a hands-on experience with rhinos in the wild. You will get up close to wild rhinos whilst assisting the team in collecting DNA samples (hair and blood samples) and taking measurements, all of this contributing to the protection of the species. The procedure is not harmful in any way and our veterinarians and wildlife management team are highly experienced ensuring the welfare of the rhinos during the procedure.


Day 4 (May 23) Today is a day for relaxation and exploring more of the Kwa-Zulu Natal region. Activities include:
1) Zulu Cultural tour: A unique experience and one of authenticity, the Zulu Cultural Experience includes a visit to a local homestead as well as the chance to interact with members of the Myeni family. Experience traditional Zulu Stick fighting, and/or a sampling of traditional food and drink. Finish the experience with a drive through the Lebombo Mountains taking in some of the area’s awe-inspiring views as well as the rural life that surrounds you.


2) Umkuze Fig Forest Walk: Spoil the senses to a remarkable fig forest walk as you explore the spellbinding beauty of natural Africa.
Although the Fig Forest Walk is only about two hours long, the walk itself is situated deep in the uMkhuze Game Reserve so the activity includes a game drive to and from the walk. This walk is not strenuous but does require traversing two short swing bridges over the beautiful uMkuze River. The walk meanders under the magnificent canopy of giant sycamore figs, the oldest of which is estimated at 450 years. The silence of the forest is broken by a multitude of bird calls typified by the wail of Trumpeter Hornbills, while special sightings have included the Pels Fishing Owl, the African Broadbill and the Blue Mantled Flycatcher.


Day 5 After breakfast you will be transfered to our luxury safari lodge (but only if you booked the rhino rescue + safari package). If you did not, you will be transfered to the airport in time to catch your flight home. Please make sure your return flight from Durban does not depart before 3.30pm.
If you decided to stay an extra day to do the safari extention, you will be staying at our luxury Safari lodge. All your meals, alcohol and 4 x4 safari game drives, walking safaris etc. are all included. You will also have the option to "sleep under the stars" to experience the soothing sounds of Africa while sleeping on comfortable luxury beds out on the savannah. This can be booked separately for an additional fee.


Day 6 After your sunrise safari drive and breakfast, you will be transfered back to Durban in time for your return flight back home. Again, please make sure your flight out of Durban does not depart before 3.30pm.


Pricing:

Deposit:
$500 is required to guarantee your space on this trip
Payment Installment Schedule:
-Rhino Rescue (5 days): $2,995 plus c/card fees (Due within 7 days after deposit is paid)

-Rhino Rescue + safari (6 days)- $3,995 plus c/card fees (Due 7 days after Installment 1 is paid)

*Pricing is based on a group of 10 people. The cost will increase incrementally for smaller groups as per the below: Group size: 6-9: $350 plus c/card fees extra per person Group size: 2-5: $750 plus c/card fee extra per person

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Dates

April 10-16

Group size

6-20 people

Accommodation Type

Rhino Rescue host lodge: 4 star (4 nights) PLUS optional add-on luxury Safari (1 night) booked separately for $995 which includes all meals, alcohol, luxury accomodations, Safari drives, land transfers, conservation levies etc.

Meeting point

At Premier Hotel Umhlanga Rocks

Difficulty

Easy 1/5. This is rated easy.

Deposit

$500 is required to guarantee your space on this trip

Payment Installment Schedule:

Rhino Rescue (5 days): $2,995 plus c/card fees (Due within 7 days after deposit is paid)

Rhino Rescue + safari (6 days)- $3,995 plus c/card fees (Due 7 days after Installment 1 is paid)

*Pricing is based on a group of 10 people. The cost will increase incrementally for smaller groups as per the below:
Group size: 6-9: $350 plus c/card fees extra per person
Group size: 2-5: $750 plus c/card fee extra per person

If you prefer not to pay more should your group size be less than 10 people, you will have the option to either join another travel group of your choice but within 1 year of your original booking. Requests to join another group can not be made 45 days prior to the start date of your trip. If you transfer your booking to another travel group after 1 year you will be subject to our annual inflationary price increases.

Please ensure you have adequate travel insurance in the event you need to cancel your trip as payments are final and non-refundable. Your trip ticket is transferable with name changes allowed up to 48 hours before the start time of your trip. Payment Installment's have Covid-19 protection. See terms HERE ).