They once roamed the continents, throughout Eurasia and Africa. But today these incredible creatures are a fragile breed. Here at Signature Safaris, we do everything we can to support the conservation projects and there have been some great successes over the years, and there are still some fantastic destinations in Africa where you can see the rhino roam in freedom. If you want to get a glimpse of these beautiful creatures out in the wild, here are the 5 best places to see rhinos in Africa.
Rhino conservation has been incredibly effective in Namibia and we highly recommend Etosha National Park for rhino spotting. Over 40% of the country is now being protected and not only is the lion population here increasing but the black rhino population has grown by over 1,500 in recent years. Plus for many travellers, Etosha is a safari goer’s dream and is one of the best places to spot the Big Five.
To experience the true wilderness of Namibia, it doesn’t get any more authentic than Desert Rhino Camp. Get off the beaten track and pitch your base in Damaraland, home to the biggest free roaming group of black rhino on the continent. Desert Rhino Camp is managed by Save the Rhino Trust and Wilderness Safaris so they are big advocators of responsible travel. The camp offers rhino tracking on foot or rhino tracking by 4×4.
Back in the 70s, all rhinos were completely wiped out by illegal poachers but in recent years, there has been a small scale reintroduction program in the Okavango in Botswana and now there are small populations which roam the Okavanga Delta as well as the Kalahari Desert region. One of the best places to see black rhino in the delta is Moremi Game Reserve and Camp Moremi is situated in the heart of the reserve on Chief’s Island.
Black rhino were once abundant in the Serengeti but in 2013, it was estimated by the IUCN that there were just 123 rhinos left in the wild. Today, there’s a partnership between Frankfurt Zoological Society and TANAPA (Tanzanian National Parks) to increase security and protect the species from rhino horn poaching. Although numbers are low, sightings of the rhino are still possible in Serengeti National Park. Go at the right time of year and you’ll also be able to witness the amazing phenomenon of the Great Wildebeest Migration; a chance to see thousands of mammals move across grassy plains and a chance to watch predators in action.
Mkomazi National Park is 3,500 square kilometre game reserve set along the North Eastern border with Kenya and here, the MRS (Mkomazi Rhino Sanctuary) focuses its core efforts on a rhino breeding and protection program. There are now ongoing monitoring and security patrols to deter poachers – plus there are various fundraising and sponsorship programs available to help support the project. To find out more about visiting Tanzania, take a look at our Tanzania camps or our itineraries page.