Rhinos can be found in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Uganda. They are one of Africa's most famous and beloved creatures and are considered one of the Big 5 (elephant, buffalo, leopard, lion and rhino).
Although rare, there is the chance to see rhino in the wild. If this is something you would like to guarantee is part of your trip then ensuring the game reserve you are visiting houses rhino is your first step. However, to have a true rhino experience there are various places you can visit.
Over the years the David Sheldrick Elephant and Rhino Orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya, has played a significant role in Kenya's conservation effort, since it was founded in 1977. The Trust cares for orphaned baby rhino and elephant and has pioneered successful hand-rearing techniques. Their work also involves the successful rehabilitation of rhino back into established wild rhino communities of orphaned black rhino calves. Their programme also allows you to adopt a baby rhino should you wish to.
The Ol Pejeta Conservancy is a "not-for-profit" wildlife conservancy in the Laikipia District of Kenya, the largest sanctuary for black rhinos in East Africa and another incredible place to visit. Amazingly you can also see 4 of the world's last remaining 7 Northern White Rhinos here. The 4 rhinos were translocated from a zoo in the Czech Republic. It is thought that being back on African soil will encourage the rhinos to mate and continue the species. Secured by a 24 hour armed guard, all precautions are being taken in a bid to save this terribly endangered species.
Desert Rhino Camp in Namibia presents another fantastic opportunity to view rhinos. The rare black rhino can be found here, against the beautiful Namibian backdrop. At the camp there is the opportunity to go on rhino tracking expeditions both by foot and vehicle and gain a new perspective on these incredible creatures.
There are also several areas around Africa where you can pay to volunteer at animal sanctuaries, which play a vital role in rhino conservation. A day's work can consist of daily monitoring of endangered species, nightly detecting of poaching activities from watchtowers, animal surveys, and maintenance work.
Please get in touch with one of our specialists if you would like any more information on how to visit rhinos in the wild or what you can do to help.