Friday, 5 June 2015

387 | Support for Rhinos


Support a Rhino Ranger project

In Asia, less than 50 Javan, 250 Sumatran and about 3 000 Indian rhinos survive in the wild. In Africa, there are around 5 000 Black rhinos and 20 000 White rhinos, mostly living in Southern Africa. While several rhino subspecies have been declared extinct in the wild in the last 12 years, commercial and highly organized poaching is an enormous threat to all populations worldwide. A sudden and significant upsurge in poaching in the last 7 years emerged within South Africa alone, on average almost two rhinos are poached each day.
Anti Poaching Crusade with the Support a Rhino Ranger initiative means helping these frontline heroes with keeping rhinos safe from poachers. Keeping this Support a Rhino Ranger initiative effective requires many people sponsoring new and gently used clothing, binoculars, sleeping bags, tents, blankets, hats, shoes, torches, headlamps, pocket knives and other usable equipment.

Therefore BirdsConTour donated items gathered from guests by its Support a Rhino Ranger initiative to rangers from Save The Rhino Trust.

Whenever this "Support a Rhino Ranger box" is full it gets delivered to the rangers.

384 | Owned by the Naro San - Dqae Qare San Lodge


The San people (bushmen) at Dqae Qare San Lodge are rightfully very proud of their tourist facilities and cherish the guests valuable support of their development.
The San living in the nearby village D'Kar and not on the Dqae Qare farm, delight in the opportunity to come over here and share their culture with the guests.
The central Kalahari Desert of Dqae Qare is remarkably rich in wildlife and biotic diversity which is well looked after by Dqae Qare farm.

For all these efforts BirdsConTour awarded the Dqae Qare San Lodge with a three penguin-rated Welfare, Conservation & Tourism Support 2015 Award.

383 | Gcadikwe Island Camp - in the heart of the Okavango Delta


Gcadikwe Island Camp, located in Botswana's Okavango Delta (World Heritage Site), focuses on unspoilt African Wilderness.
BirdsConTour rewarded the Gcadikwe Island Camp with a one penguin-rated Tourism Support 2015 Award.

382 | Warm welcome at Mankwe Bush Lodge, Botswana


The warm welcome that receives guests as they tumble out of their vehicle, is undoubtedly typical of Mankwe Bush Lodge. The hosts are thoughtful and funny, letting guests want to stay longer than they planned.

BirdsConTour rewarded the Mankwe Bush Lodge with a one penguin-rated Tourism Support 2015 Award.

381 | A Heart for a Baobab


The Okavango tour members busy placing stones around a Baobab seedling.
This young Baobab tree seems to have survived its first three critical years of age.

African Baobab

The African Baobab, with its multiple uses, is a long-lived tee, some being over 1 000 years old. With its swollen trunk it reaches a height of 18-25 m. The irregular globular shaped fruit, measuring 10-45 cm, contains a dry, edible, powdery pulp that covers the hard black kidney-shaped seeds. Especially elephants eat these fruits, dispersing seeds and braking the seed dormancy and thereby encouraging regeneration. But with elephants now being in danger of extinction because of habitat destruction and poaching, the natural regeneration of Baobab is badly affected. Furthermore the survival of Baobab populations is being threatened by environmental degradation and climate change. Baobab seedlings get gobbled up by livestock and can't tolerate drought for its first three years.
This is a matter of concern and BirdsConTour created the A Heart for a Baobab project. Wherever BirdsConTour encounters a young Baobab tree a heart of stones is placed around it, in a way of creating awareness about the threat to Baobabs.

379 | Chobe Bush Lodge, Botswana - it is difficult to leave


At the Chobe Bush Lodge guests are right next door to the Chobe National Park. The game drives and boat cruises allows one to see elephant, giraffe, buffalo, waterbuck, hippo, crocodile, lion, roan antelope, sable and even puku among many others.

BirdsConTour rewarded the Chobe Bush Lodge with a one penguin-rated Tourism Support 2015 Award.

370 | Guestfarm Ghaub - true Namibia farming experience


Guestfarm Ghaub, formerly a Rhenish mission station (established in 1895), is located in the agricultural heartland of Namibia's fertile northern region.
BirdsConTour rewarded Guestfarm Ghaub with a two penguin-rated Conservation & Tourism Support 2015 Award.

Mr. Mika Shapwanale (manager)(left) and Mr. Andre Compion (owner of Ghaub)(right)

BirdsConTour reports in article 323.