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uBhejaneX entries filling up rapidly (South Africa)

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Berea Mail | October 1, 2019

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The 2019 edition of the uBhejaneX MTB Challenge from Hillcrest to Hluhluwe from 5-7 December in aid of rhino conservation has set a new record entry.

The event offers riders three different options with the flagship 330km Long Horn, one-day ride from Hillcrest to Hilltop Camp in the Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve being the pinnacle. However riders also have a more manageable 250km Short Horn ride, 110km Baby Horn ride and a 30km Orphan ride.

In 2018 organisers introduced a three-day ride where riders follow a very similar route to the 330km event, but with two overnight stops in Zinkwazi and Empangeni before the final push to Hluhluwe.

In the past five years the uBhejaneX MTB Challenge has raised over R2 million for rhino conservation.

Original photo as published by Berea Mail: With five different events on offer at the 2019 uBhejane Xtreme MTB Challenge from 5 to 7 December there is something for riders of all different abilities. PHOTO: Anthony Grote/Gameplan Media

In order to take part in the event, riders have to raise a minimum of R5000 each for the various beneficiaries and are then encouraged to raise as much money outside of that R5000 as possible in the build-up to the ride.

Entries for all four events are filling up rapidly with the 250km ride proving to be the most popular and if riders intend on taking on this distance they should make sure they get their entry in as soon as possible.

The event can accommodate between 100 and 110 riders and the spots are close to full. The money that is raised from the uBhejaneX will be donated to Project Rhino and Helping Rhinos, two organisations that do crucial work in the Zululand area of KZN in rhino poaching awareness, education and prevention.

uBhejaneX helps fund four different divisions of Project Rhino. Money raised goes towards the ZapWing, K9 Unit, Horse Unit and the Rhino Art initiative. Other supported initiatives are ranger training, community engagement, thermal imaging equipment, helping the surviving rhinos and also supporting the rhino orphanage that has been set up in the region.

This year South African adventurer Sibusiso Vilani will return to take on the 100km Baby Horn. Vilani has been a strong supporter of the event since its inception and riders will have the opportunity to hear the stories of his experiences of scaling the largest peaks in the world. Those interested in taking part may apply to enter, donations can be submitted and more information can be found via the event’s website, www.ubhejanex.org.

Prince Harry and Meghan to visit world’s largest rhino sanctuary in SA

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Clinton Moodley, MSN Entertainment | September 21, 2019

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The royals will travel to South Africa next week, and if their schedule permits, they will visit Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary.

Prince Harry, who is an ambassador for the organisation, is passionate about saving the rhino.

Known as the largest rhino orphanage and sanctuary in the world, Care for Wild forms part of the 28,000 hectare Barberton Nature Reserve, the newest Unesco World Heritage Site in South Africa.

The organisation, founded by Petronel Nieuwoudt in 2001 in the Limpopo province, aims to provide care and rehabilitation to white and black rhinos. The centre was moved to Barberton in Mpumalanga in 2011 where she and Mark Cherry established the Care For Wild programme.

Dean Cherry of Nhongo Safaris, a company that hosts rhino experiences at the sanctuary, said Harry is set to visit the sanctuary with Meghan and their baby Archie during their visit.

“Prince Harry and his family will be visiting the sanctuary. He is very passionate about the cause, and we cannot wait to share the gripping rhino stories with the royal family,” he said.

Cherry did not reveal the exact date the royal family will visit and there was no mention of the visit on their official schedule released earlier this month.

Harry last visit to the sanctuary was in 2017.

Travellers have the opportunity to learn more about the sanctuary through a day experience hosted by Nhongo Safaris.

But, do not expect to touch these rhinos. Cherry said that there is no petting or physical interaction with the animal.

“The organisation believes in the rescue, rehabilitate and release premise. Many of these rhinos have been through significant trauma. Some youngsters, seen as threats by poachers, are beaten by pangas and other harmful objects that leave them injured.

“Due to the trauma, we try to ensure little human interaction. We feed them through the boma wall. We want these rhinos to heal from their trauma and to start a new life after their release without any fear.

“The rhinos are monitored, and the anti-poaching unit does regular patrols on horseback and specialised vehicles. Some rhinos decide to stay together in small groups while others form a herd,” he said.

Cherry said the experience was purely educational. Nhongo Safaris has built an 8 sleeper lodge where guests spend the night. Included in the itinerary is rhino safaris, where a guide will explain the different types of rhino and their current plight, and an early morning patrol with the anti-poaching unit.