Kariega Game Reserve to ReOpen September 1, 2020

  • 08:42 AM, 14 Aug, 2020

"We have waited in anticipation for the day that we can welcome guests back to Kariega Game Reserve," says General Manager Alan Weyer, "and are delighted that the time has finally arrived. Our safari paradise will partially re-open once more from 1 September 2020. Unfortunately, it is not yet possible for international guests to travel to South Africa. In the meantime, there is much excitement on the reserve as we prepare for an inspirational event. We hope this event will keep you connected to Africa, the wildlife and the people."

On the 29 & 30 August record-breaking endurance athlete Jamie Marais will attempt to cycle a vertical ascent of 16,000 metres in just 36 hours within our Big 5 reserve. This is the equivalent of riding almost twice the height of Everest, the total ascent of the gruelling eight-day Absa Cape Epic mountain bike race and 590 km in one go.

The Kariega Foundation invites you to join Jamie to raise funds to protect rhino and feed those in need. Click on the image below and find out more in the video.

Support this Epic & Worthy Ride
Support Jamie’s recording-breaking effort by making a donation or starting a fundraising campaign of your own to help the Foundation achieve its equally massive crowdfunding target of raising R1 million to ensure the Reserves' rhino remain safe and neighbours fed.

All funds raised through #jamierides4rhinos go directly to the Kariega Foundation for the anti-poaching unit and community food relief programme.

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Check out the video here.  
Alan Weyer relates: "In March 2012, when three rhino were poached for their horns at Kariega, we learnt in a very humbling and tangible way that conservation is a team sport. After the poaching we sent out a call for help to save a rhino Thandi who was fighting for her life.

"So many responded, and thanks to the support that flowed from all corners of the earth, we succeeded! Thandi recovered and became the first rhino to survive a poaching attack. Thandi continues to amaze us and has gone on to gift us three calves, Thembi, Colin and Mthetho. Our collaborative efforts were worth it.

"Now, feeling battered and bruised, we draw inspiration from Thandi’s story. With creativity, positivity, collaboration and your help we will succeed to keep our animals and endangered species protected, and the people we care for supported.

"We hope you can join us for this event online and we look forward to seeing you for a safari in person soon."

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