-Ant Baber leading The Waterberg Trust Challenge Ride 2017-
Twelve intrepid riders from around the UK, and one from Australia, successfully completed the third Waterberg Trust Challenge Ride covering 181 kilometers at some speed, crossing rivers and rocky terrain.
-Riders from Yorkshire crossing the Melk Rivier on horseback-
The six-day expedition proved a real adventure, traversing four different private game reserves and stretching everyone to the limits.
-Climbing up from the Palala River on Jembisa game reserve-
The horses were beautifully looked after by the guides and back-up team from Ant’s Nest who hosted the expedition.
-Riders from Yorkshire encountering white rhino at Ant’s Nest on the third TWT Challenge Ride-
Riders, who paid their own travel and safari costs, had to raise a minimum of £1,000 each for The Waterberg Tust to support community projects in the Waterberg.
Funds raised will be divided between Save The Waterberg Rhino, Lapalala Wilderness School and Lethabo Kids Club in the township of Leseding, with support also being given to other health, welfare and educational projects. The 2017 riders were able to visit projects already supported by The Waterberg Trust. They all took part in an inspirational workshop on the importance of wildlife conservation at Lapalala Wilderness School on the Palala River.
-Meeting the educators at Lapalala Wilderness School-
The Waterberg Trust riders’ fund-raising efforts in 2016 made it possible for 125 children and their teachers to attend a residential course here. We met the first group from Meetsetshehla Secondary School in Vaalwater:
-Some of the 125 students sponsored by The Waterberg Trust-
Students from Mokolo Primary School in Vaalwater will be able to come another week. As The Waterberg Trust also paid for pupils’ transport, local children from all backgrounds will be able to gain a grounding in environmental awareness, develop leadership skills and establish contact with a mentor who can help with wildlife issues.
-Pupils from Meetshesethla Secondary School learning about treats to wildlife-
Having said goodbye to the horses, riders saw an anti-poaching security post donated to Save The Waterberg Rhino by The Waterberg Trust Riders in 2016.
-Save The Waterberg Rider’s new security point ready to be manned on a 24 hour basis-
They also met children at Lethabo Kids Club in Leseding township who showed-off the school uniforms purchased with grants from The Waterberg Trust in 2016 to ensure every child goes to school.
-Lethabo Kids Club that has been running for 15 years in the township of Leseding-
The needs of older students who have shown more than ten years committment were discussed. Some are seeking sponsorship for tertiary education.
-Meeting the youth who help with Letabo Kids Club in Leseding-
It was a joy to meet the people of the Waterberg, learn of their cultural heritage and explore the bushveldt so rich in natural history.
-TWT Riders on Jembisa-
The ride was led by Ant Baber following in the footsteps of his great-grandfather E.A. Davidson, who explored the area on horseback in early 1900’s.
-Ant Baber who has been leading horse safaris for more than twenty years-
The Waterberg Trust, a registered UK charity, was represented by trustee Sophie Neville who, along with the twelve other riders, whould like to extend heartfelt thanks to our hosts, the land-owners and all those who sponsored the ride, especially Ant’s Nest and Jembisa.
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