Wilderness has been committed to providing essential support for this event since its inception in 2015. “With our purpose to restore and protect the world’s iconic wildernesses, we are proud to once again assist this meaningful initiative to help raise awareness for Namibia’s rhino, and highlight the importance of community involvement and education in conservation – while simultaneously raising funds to support these initiatives”, said Johan Fourie, Wilderness Namibia Land and Natural Resources Manager.
Billed as an adventurous nature experience rather than a race, the annual four-day tour enables participants to enjoy one of the most scenic areas in north-western Namibia, from the starting point in Wêreldsend, through the Palmwag Concession in Damaraland. Cyclists complete approximately 40 – 50 km daily riding across dry riverbeds and sand dunes with spectacular views across varied terrain. The tour is recommended for mountain-bikers with moderate to advanced technical skills and fitness levels.
Aimed at influential Namibians, the event aims to bring together members of various corporates, as well as individuals, with SRT creating a platform for collaboration and future partnerships between the parties.
This year Wilderness will provide assistance with route mapping, vehicles and operational support for the group. Wilderness Desert Rhino Camp (DRC), which operates in close partnership with SRT, will host the cyclists on their last night of the ride.
Situated within the 58,000-hectare Palmwag Concession, DRC is the result of an impactful partnership between Wilderness, SRT and the Anabeb, Sesfontein and Torra conservancies who all play a significant role in looking after the iconic desert-adapted black rhino population, along with other threatened species. By visiting DRC, each guest makes a significant contribution to the protection of this Critically Endangered species. As part of the lease agreement, the company provides financial remuneration and employment opportunities to the conservancies, positively uplifting the local communities.
“As we look forward to another successful event, we are grateful for the significant contributions from RMB Namibia, Wilderness, CYMOT and Venture Media, along with other generous supporters who provide essential equipment for the cyclists. This ongoing collaboration demonstrates how we can work together to make a real difference to Africa’s wildlife”, concludes Johan.
For more information or to register for Ride for Rhinos, click here.