Desert Biking
Issue 5 (November 2009) A team from Rhino Africa Safaris biked through Namibia’s desert to raise money for the animal their company is named after.

 

“Exhausted, fatigued, battered, bruised, and beat,” was how the team described themselves at the end of their challenge.


Little wonder, given that the seventeen amateur cyclists had just ridden 330km through the sand, dust, and blistering heat of Namibia’s Damaraland desert.


The team from tour operator Rhino Africa Safaris were raising money for the Save the Rhino Trust. On this trip they clocked up R350,000, enough to sponsor a Namibian anti-poaching unit for a year.

 

David Ryan, of Rhino Africa Safaris, said: “Words cannot really do justice to our experience. It was seven days of sheer physical pain, riding over rocks, slithering through sand, and marvelling at the vast open landscapes and desolate desert of Damaraland. Each day was a mammoth challenge, but we gritted our teeth and kept on going. Camping under the stars each night was a treat, and the privilege of seeing desert-adapted wildlife in such a remote part of our planet was simply mind-blowing.” Save the Rhino Trust was founded in 1982 in response to the widespread poaching of the desert rhino population in the Kunene Region in the northwest of Namibia. Since the advent of the trust, poaching has drastically declined and the rhino population has more than tripled. However, there is much work still to be done, and the trust  is often short of money to fund its vital anti-poaching units.


The team are getting back on their bikes in Damaraland in July 2010. And they are looking for twenty members of the public to join them in raising money for The Save the Rhino Trust.

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