At Oryx, we believe that people don’t just want ‘game viewing’ they also want to understand the bigger – and more important picture: How we best conserve these animals and habitats for future generations.
South Africa has some of the most impressive wildlife in the world. However, much of the iconic animals are now fenced in. This surprising fact raises many questions.
Rhino poaching in South Africa has reached a crisis point. If the killing continues at the current rate, South Africa could see rhino deaths overtaking births in 2016-2018, meaning that rhino could become extinct in the very near future.
Despite a marked increase in arrests, by the end of 2014, rhino poaching statistics indicated that 1,215 rhino had been killed for their horn with most being poached in the Greater Kruger National Park area.
Through our special partnerships with Tusk Trust and Wildlife Conservation Society, Oryx gets you highly privileged access to top people and their knowledge. These are the game changers in conservation. We’ll get you behind the scenes and to areas otherwise out of bounds. At Oryx we really care for wildlife. Our aim is to raise money, awareness and support for these organisations. We offer the most immersive wildlife experience you could have.
We would suggest we started our trip with you in South Africa at the Southern African Wildlife College (SAWC) in the Greater Kruger. It is here that ‘Wildlife Guardians’ are trained in wildlife management, field ranger skills (including specialist anti-poaching skills) nature-based tourism, community-based natural resource management and environmentally related skills. This college was born out of the very real need to educate and build the capacity of protected area managers and conservationists across the southern African region. It’s an incredibly impressive place, for which Prince Harry would vouch.
As well as visiting the College, you’ll stay in the most comfortable accommodation (fit for a Prince!) and be treated to some of the world’s leading experts on the conservation issues in the Kruger National Park. Though this place contains some of the most powerful wildlife spectacles in the natural world, its conservation is of vital importance. You’ll be immersed in the story of why it’s an important area and what the conservation experts can do to ensure its future for our Grandchildren.
We’d then suggest we spent time close by at Ngala, where our own special guide would be able to show you and explain the important ecological roles of elephant, rhino, lion, buffalo and leopard.
Depending on how much time you have, we could visit other ecosystems in the Kruger; fly you up to see the work of Tusk partners: Save the Rhino Trust in Damaraland, Namibia; take you to meet the Tusk funded Botswana Predator Conservation trust; join Dr Amy Dickman’s work on lions on the edge of the Ruaha National Park in Southern Tanzania.
We can talk through what you might want to do. Do call us. Your visit will help Tusk Trust.