“My name is Sydney. I’m a guide at the Khama Rhino Sanctuary, a community-based project led by three villages: Serowe, Mabeleapodi and Paje.
The project was born in 1989 and it opened its doors to the public in 1993.
The main objective of the project was to reintroduce rhinos is Botswana.
Our country used to have plenty of rhinos but due to poaching activities all the rhinos were wiped out. Soon the country was left with only four rhinos. When the project started there were no funds so we had to rely on donors such as the European Union, several NGOs, as well as big companies in the country and the government of Botswana, who played a big role in supporting us.
At first we had to go into the wilderness and capture the four rhinos which were left, and unfortunately one of them died because of bullet wounds. Eight white rhinos were donated by South Africa and a few black rhinos came in from Zimbabwe.
Today in Botswana there are a total of about 150 rhinos. We have 40 white rhinos and 4 black rhinos, so we hold almost a third of the rhino population in the country. We’ve taken out about 20 rhinos to other areas of the country.
Khama Rhino Sanctuary is known for the best rhino-monitoring activities and the best-trained rangers, and the army also helps us in terms of security, patrolling the area 24/7.
Apart from rhinos, we also have other animals like giraffes, blue wildebeests, impalas, springhares, bushbabies, aardvarks, leopards and cheetahs, jackals and hyenas, several types of antelopes, etc. We also have 250 species of birds, which are easy to see in our hiding spot called Bird Hide.
We have several artificial water holes around the place, about four major ones, and from time to time we pump water through underground pipes.
All of our rhinos are marked for identification.
White rhinos are grazers while black rhinos are browsers. Black rhinos are faster and more aggressive. Both species have poor eyesight but they have good hearing and good sense of smell. During mating season rhinos can be very dangerous.
In our education center, students learn about animas and how to take care of the environment. The programs are designed to suit children of all ages. Students and teachers’ dormitories can also be used by visitors, whom can also choose to stay in our luxurious chalets.
At Khama Rhino Sanctuary we work tirelessly to protect the most endangered animal species. We strive to achieve excellence and customer satisfaction. Our hospitality is one of the best and visitors are assured of finding peace and tranquility”.