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Frontier Rhino Ride 2017

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PARK 20 | TEMBE ELEPHANT PARK

BY Nikki Bolton

 

Tembe was our final park in the OLLI Frontier Rhino Ride 2017... 

2000kms on a mountainbike in a month for Rhino Conservation

the last park before the final stretch via Kosi Bay to

plant our banner “Close the borders” at the Mozambique border.
 


The cycle to Ithala Game Reserve (Ezemvelo) had been particularly challenging with predominantly dirt roads so Wayne used one of his rest days to break the cycle from Ithala to Jozini Dam en route to Tembe Elephant Park and cycled part of the route a day earlier which turned out to be a very wise move. The following day took him up the 6km long pass overlooking  the Dam past Digs Pascoe’s  “Space for Elephants” and a further 20kms past the dam before returning to the Jozini Tyger Lodge where we were able to relax in our kindly sponsored accommodation and enjoy a spectacular view of Jozini Dam.  Olli caused quite a stir in the small town with many locals crowding around him for selfies while we were replenishing our supplies and he was parked casually in the parking lot.
 

 

“There’s a huge need for people to work together and we are finding that there

is more and more synergy and people getting together and doing things. 

United in looking after… elephants and rhinos

which are an important part of our heritage.

We will win this war!”
Digs Pascoe – Space for Elephants Foundation
 
The following day was a shorter 60km stretch to Tembe but the road was fairly flat and downhill towards the coast.  It was quite busy and potentially dangerous so Wayne had to be very vigilant.  Interestingly enough during this kind of experience his sense of hearing became incredibly heightened as he would have to anticipate vehicles approaching from behind especially when roads were in more rural areas without much of a shoulder to accommodate cyclists. 
 
Our reception at Tembe Elephant Park was exceptionally warm and inviting. 

Tembe’s Conservation Manager, Richard Schütte, along with Tourism Manager, Tom Mahamba, and the Tembe Team made us feel right at home. 
 
“Together as a unit we shall protect and preserve our heritage. 
Let us save what we have before it’s too late. 
We will fight to the bitter end.  We will win!”
Richard Schütte
Tembe Elephant Park / Ezemvelo Conservation Manager
 
It was great to catch up with old friends like Tembe’s District Ecologist, Catheriné Hanekom,

a fellow KZN SANParks Honorary Ranger from many years before.
 
“Rhinos epitoomise “conservation” and everyone’s efforts to protect all biodiversity,

even the smallest creatures which make up our amazing planet –

Thank you for your dedication.”
Catheriné Hanekom

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 July 31, 2017
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PARK 12 | THULA THULA

BY Nikki Bolton

Thula Thula private Game Reserve is a 4500 ha Wildlife Sanctuary dedicated to the conservation, protection and survival of endangered species.


Situated in Zululand, only 2 hours from Durban, and one hour from Richards Bay, Thula Thula is a luxury safari destination where our game rangers will share their incredible knowledge of the bush during exciting game drives while you observe elephant, rhino, buffalo, leopard and much more, including over 350 bird species.


Thula Thula is also the home of our matriarch Nana and the special herd of elephants made famous in the best selling book " The Elephant Whisperer".


With its unique atmosphere, stylish décor and superb cuisine, Thula Thula offers you the choice of exclusive accommodation between the stylish ELEPHANT SAFARI LODGE, renowned gourmet destination, and the LUXURY TENTED CAMP, offering an authentic African bush experience in a relaxed atmosphere where children are welcome.


Thula Thula CONFERENCE CENTER,with its elegantly decorated boardroom and lounge can welcome up to 32 delegates.


Extra activities include massage therapy, visit to an authentic Zulu village, champagne picnic in the bush. Day visitors welcome for game drive and lunch.


Fully inclusive Safari packages, special last minute bookings and senior citizen rates.
For more information please visit www.thulathula.com
Email thula@netactive.co.za or call 082 259 9732


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 July 23, 2017
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PARK 13 | ISIMANGALISO WETLAND PARK

BY Nikki Bolton

The 332 000 ha iSimangaliso Wetland Park is the third largest protected area in South Africa and its first UNESCO World Heritage Site, incorporating both terrestrial and marine conservation areas.  iSimangaliso includes 220 kilometres of coastline and beaches; 100 species of coral; 8 inter-linking ecosystems; the only significant major swamp forests left in South Africa; 3 major lake systems including Kosi Bay, Lake St Lucia and Lake Sibaya; all of the Big Five; 105 red data species; 5 species of turtles; the highest number of frog species in southern Africa (35 of which 2 are endemic); 36 species of snakes;  530+ bird species (the greatest avifauna diversity in Africa with 50% of South Africa’s bird species & 25% of Africa’s); 80 species of dragon flies; 110 species of butterflies on the Eastern Shores of St Lucia alone; more than 2000 species of flowering plants; all 5 of South Africa’s surviving mangrove tree species; 25 000-year-old coastal dunes, among the highest in the world; and 700-year-old fish traps.


In the words of former President Nelson Mandela:


“The Wetland Park must be the only place on the globe where the world’s

oldest land mammal (the rhinoceros) and the world’s biggest terrestrial mammal

(the elephant) share an ecosystem with the world’s oldest fish (the coelacanth)

and the world’s biggest marine mammal (the whale).”

 

 

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 July 23, 2017
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PARK 11 | TALA

BY Nikki Bolton

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 July 21, 2017
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PARK 10 | GWAHUMBE

BY Nikki Bolton

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 July 20, 2017
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PARK 9 TO 10 | EASTERN CAPE TO KZN

BY Nikki Bolton

From Sibuya Wayne started the trek from Kenton through Buffalo Pass and up and down through the mountainous Transkei. The first day into the Transkei covered a distance of 110kms climbing 2135m through Kei Cuttings.  The strong headwinds and winding uphills were challenging and the end just didn’t seem to be in sight.

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 July 14, 2017
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