Onguma Rhino Research Drives
During the last century, the black rhino has suffered the most drastic decline in total numbers of all rhino species. Between 1970 and 1992, the population of this species decreased by 96%. In 1970, it was estimated that there were approximately 65,000 black rhinos in Africa – but, by 1993, there were only 2,300 surviving in the wild. Intensive anti-poaching efforts have had encouraging results since 1996. Numbers have been recovering and still are increasing very slowly. There are currently approximately 4,240 black rhinos surviving (African Rhino Specialist Group, 2011).
The emphasis of this 2 ½ hour afternoon drive is to expose guests to Black Rhino conservation in Namibia and the research projects conducted on the Onguma Reserve. Be part of a unique effort to find out more about these elusive creatures.
• This is an interactive activity conducted by one of our experienced rangers and introduces guests to data capture methods and the evaluation of the results
• Depart from one of the lodges at 4pm, to return back for dinner
• Participate in gathering data from the camera traps positioned in strategic waterholes
• Stimulate your senses by interpreting rhino messages, sampling the preferred vegetation rhino’s feed on, feeling the trees they rub against and smelling the musty smell of rhino middens
• Duration approximately 2 ½ hours
• N$ 540 per person sharing
• Minimum 2 people
• Maximum 6 people
• No children under 16 years
This activity is offered from all five of the Onguma Reserve Camps and can be booked in advance when making your accommodation booking. Rhino Research drives can also be booked directly at the lodge, but advanced booking is recommended to avoid disappointment.