‘It was demanding but the greatest fun.’
Fifteen riders crossed seven different game reserves in six days, covering 187kms while learning about Save The Waterberg Rhino and visiting community projects that benefit young people in the Limpopo Province of South Africa.
~The Waterberg Trust Challenge Horse Ride 2018~
The ride began at Ant’s Nest game reserve where team members from the United Kingdom and Bermuda learnt about Save The Waterberg Rhino.
~Rhino walking up to riders gathered on the plains at Ant’s Nest~
The challenge ride was led by Ant Baber whose family have lived in the Waterberg for five generations. He has spent the last twenty-one years re-introducing wildlife to the area.
Today, white rhino, giraffe, buffalo, warthog, baboon, zebra, wildebeest, eland, kudu, nyala, impala, blesbok, a variety of other antelope can be spotted from horseback.
~TWT riders observing zebra on Ant’s Hill game reserve~
January proved a good time of year for there were many newborn animals.
We were able to observe breeding groups of rare species such as sable and roan antelope.
The riders helped to capture a sick eland so it could receive treatment from a game vet.
~A sick eland cow receiving veterinary treatment~
We learnt more about the area while traversing six other game reserves.
~TWT Riders crossing Lindani game reserve~
~Observing young giraffe from horseback on Lindani~
We saw golden wildebeest, red heartebeest, vervet monkeys, ostrich, black-backed jackal, bushbuck, oryx and waterbuck as well as species we’d seen previously.
~Descending an escarpment on foot~
~Reaching the Palala River on Jembisa game reserve~
Over the week riders were able to visit a number of charitable projects supported by The Waterberg Trust, which gave us a chance to meet local people.
~Discussing conservation issues with Clive Walker at the Living Museum~
~The Waterberg Trust Riders at Lapalala Wilderness School~
~The ‘Back to School’ project at Lethabo Kids Club in the township of Leseding~
~Nurse Grace telling TWT riders about her work in local schools~
‘What a trip. It was totally WOW!! I can’t quite believe I have done it …’
~The Waterberg Trust Challenge Ride 2018~