This week, Truman Ndlovu, Thanda Safari’s Reserve Manager and Head of its Anti-Poaching Unit, and Princess Nandi Zulu, daughter of His Majesty, King Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu, along with other members of Thanda Safari’s guiding team, joined forces to play their part in the fight against rhino poaching in South Africa.
Raising funds for Project Rhino KZN they supported the Skydive for Rhinos fundraiser event that was held between 19 to 25 August 2019 in KwaZulu Natal, by jumping from 10 000 feet from a small aircraft.
Thanda Safari, part of the Thanda Group, is a founder member of Project Rhino KZN, an intensive anti-poaching and conservation collaboration between KwaZulu-Natal’s leading conservation agencies, provincial game reserves, provincial government bodies, private game reserves and anti-poaching security specialists.
Project Rhino KZN is motivated by the dream of black and white rhino thriving in KwaZulu Natal and beyond, forever free, for ever secure from poaching, well managed and protected.
“We work tirelessly to protect the rhinos, as they are at risk of extinction because of relentless poaching by international criminal syndicates,” says Truman, who is from one of Thanda Safari’s neighbouring Zulu communities, and who started out as a guide on the reserve 15 years ago, and rose through the ranks to become Thanda’s Reserve Manager.
This award-winning Big Five private game reserve is steeped in Zulu history with the Mduna Royal Reserve, part owned by the Zulu King, being part of the greater Thanda game reserve, linking conservation, history and Zulu culture. The Zulu culture is embraced throughout the guest experience.
Safari experiences at Thanda are as wide-ranging as its scenic landscape. In addition to spotting some amazing wildlife and more than 400 different bird species on game drives and specialised bush walks, guests may join the conservation team for a day (In the Path of Wildlife) and assist with tracking and monitoring specific species including Rhino and the possibility of partaking in any necessary veterinary procedures.
Those who wish to delve further into the Zulu culture may also do so on an In the Footsteps of the Zulus excursion where they will be invited by Thanda’s Zulu custodian to visit a Zulu homestead, possibly spend time with a sangoma (spiritual medium and healer), visit a crèche or join the school children (and future Thanda employees) at a Star for Life school, whose aids awareness programme extends into more than 100 schools, the Ambassador of which is also Princess Nandi.