Where to See Rhinos in AfricaMay 15, 2018
On March 20th, the world said goodbye to Sudan, the last male northern white rhino. This loss of such a special life is a tragic reminder of how critically endangered rhinos are.
Due to poaching and habitat-loss, rhinos can now only be found in a fraction of their original homelands. Fortunately, there are numerous places in Africa that are dedicated to protecting these wonderful creatures. While some argue that publicizing information about rhinos within specific reserves encourages poaching, it’s almost impossible to ‘hide’ the presence of rhinos. Rather, many reserves encourage the tourism that occurs from having rhinos and use the revenue to defend the rhinos. Seeing these glorious animals in the wild is made all the more special by knowing that you’re contributing to their protection.
Here are a few of the best places to see wild rhinos in Africa:
Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa
Set within the scenic rolling hills of Zululand in KwaZulu Natal, Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park is home to incredibly important populations of both white and black rhino. The large rhino population within the reserve is the result of an intense conservation effort that literally brought white rhinos back from the brink of extinction. Donations and money generated from tourists go directly to operating costs associated with tackling the rhino poaching crisis.
Photo © Daryl Visser
Kruger National Park, Mpumalanga/Limpopo, South Africa
Despite being nearly two million hectares in size, you won’t need to drive far to spot a rhino in Kruger National Park. With an estimated population of 10,000 rhinos, this wilderness gem boasts one of the healthiest rhino populations in the world. If you simply must spot a rhino while on safari, Kruger is the place to go.
Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Laikipia, Kenya
Undoubtedly one of our favourite destinations for its excellent black and white rhino viewing, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is the pioneer rhino conservation success story in Kenya and East Africa. It is also home to other specialties such as the reticulated giraffe, gerenuk, Grevy’s zebra and Somali ostrich. It’s quite an up-market reserve but we believe that it’s well worth the splurge.
Etosha, North West Namibia
Etosha National Park is one of Africa’s greatest wildlife parks. Its ongoing successful conservation efforts have resulted in it holding one of the largest, and perhaps the most stable, population of black rhino in the world. While it’s possible to spot rhinos during the day, the real spectacle occurs after-dark, when the rhinos gather in large groups around the large salt-pans. While black rhinos are notoriously grumpy and solitary animals during the day, at night they seem to soften and become much more sociable animals. Seeing them interacting and ‘talking’ with each other is a truly memorable experience.
Photo © Paul Brehem
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