Walking with the White Rhinos of ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ in Zambia
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Mosi-oa-Tunya’ means the ‘smoke that thunders’ and this nickname has been given
to the world-renowned Victoria Falls. These falls are hosted both by Zimbabwe
and Zambia in the Southern-central region of Africa, but on ‘the Zambian side’
as it is known, this is also the name of the National Park where just a few
surviving White Rhinos can roam without fear.
truly sad that creatures that once roamed so freely and in such abundance now
need to be constantly guarded in protected areas to avoid their mass slaughter
and total distinction. This is the reality of the plight of the African Rhino
population, both Black and white and the result of this terrible scourge we call
Due to the
fact that their very existence is something of a miracle and because they have
become so acclimatised to people in their safe space, that walking with the white Rhinos of ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ in Zambia has
become something quite special and revered by tourists to the area.
The White Rhinos at ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’
Zambia once had a healthy population of several thousand Black Rhinos, which
due to this poaching scourge were almost wiped out. To balance things out, in
2008, the Zambia Wildlife Authority successfully relocated four White Rhinos
from South Africa to Mosi-oa-Tunya to create a new population close to
Livingstone on the north side of the Zambezi River.
The river is their natural northern boundary, so technically the park’s Rhinos
live outside the species’ traditional range. Today, as a result of a successful
breeding programs and 24/7 protection, more than 10 White Rhinos reside within
the park’s 26 square miles.
These rhinos are protected 24 hours a day by armed guards and you will have
the opportunity to spend some quality time with these animals.
Walking with The Rhinos
Visitors to Victoria Falls have the opportunity to track and spend time
with these amazing creatures.
The overall period of the visit is about 4 hours, of which about 2 hours is
actual walking time. It starts early – 6-30 am in summer and 7-15 am in winter.
You will be collected from your hotel and enjoy a
short road transfer to the park entrance for registration and a briefing. You
will be given the do’s and don’ts as obviously these are still wild animals and
should be treated with respect.
You will then proceed on a short game drive to the
area where the Rhino have been located. Here you do the specific ‘walk briefing’
and then start the game walk. It is fascinating and you feel like you are spending
some "quality time" with these magnificent creatures. You are also
likely to get some pretty exceptional photos as this is really and ‘up close
and personal’ experience.
We will also look for and be informed about other
game and learn a little bit about the flora and fauna of the area. Time stands
still and the experience is sublime. As the day progresses you are met with
cool drinks and transferred to your picnic spot for snacks, after which you
reluctantly drive out the park and back to your hotel.
We at Jewel
of Africa Safaris have excellent packages for trips to the Victoria Falls
and other exotic locations very close by. One of the things we pride ourselves
on and a typical example of our flexibility, would be to take a side excursion
to go walking with the
white Rhinos of ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ in Zambia if that’s what you
desired as a part of a tailor made package just for you.
Contact us to find out about the
many great Safari and guided tour packages we have to some of the best destinations
in the world. Our beautiful Rhino population really needs your support. Come and
help us to help these beautiful, but tragically threatened members of Africa’s
famous ‘Big 5’ start to re-populate and grow in number again. We await you.
Africa awaits you - and our Rhinos are waiting to walk with you!