“Making a standpoint to protect our planet and preserve its biodiversity” – The Rhino Knights

Every day on the move Isabel will run a half marathon (21km); cycle 80-100km and, from Namibia onwards horse ride portions wherever possible. Assisted by Raphaela and Lloyd as support team and filmer she will cover an approximate distance of 10 000 km in about 5 months.

Rhino Knights on horseback

Rhino Knights on horseback

 

Lloyd has been training for this but an old injury has played up. After an MRI scan he was advised by an orthopaedic surgeon that it would not be a good idea to go on an extreme physical journey like this.

To view their route map click here.

 

Isabel regularly updates us about her journey and we would like to share it with you.

She is currently in Namibia and this is how she is getting on:

“It is hard to believe that since the beginning of the June, only 3 weeks have passed… It feels so much longer as we have experienced so much, seen such beauty and travelled over 1000km´s to reach Windhoek since!

Isabel cycling

Isabel cycling

Lloyd and Rappi took Mr P (our ridgeback) to the State Vet in Vredendal on Friday afternoon while I was cycling along a dirt road from Lamberts Bay passed Strandfontein to Koekenaap. To enter into Namibia he needed to be vetted and paperwork needed to be issued to give him passage through. The only problem was that he needed to be through the border within 7 days from date of issue and we still had about 500kms to go to the border from Koekenaap. We also needed some time to make sure the bakkie was sorted to travel without problems into the very remote Namibia and that we had enough water containers and food rationed for days without civilization.

Time was pressing… and I was under pressure to make up the distance faster than usual! On top of that I had to cycle and run into the strongest headwind I had to exercise against since leaving Durban, for 3 days in a row!!

But with some longer hours in the saddle we eventually made our
way through Garies, Springbok, Steinkopf and through Vyfmylpoort to Vioolsdrif – border post into Namibia!

We entered without problems into the second country that was part of our Rhino Knights campaign, Namibia. I have never been to Namibia but have heard so much from so many people that I was incredibly excited to have finally made it!

Isabel running

Isabel running

Namibia is beautiful, wild, and very remote and typical for a semi desert, we were welcomed by mild, warm days full of sunshine and cold, rough nights. “Big sky country” springs to mind when marvelling at the seemingly endless views and space out there. The population is limited and since entering Namibia we have spent every single night in our tent under the stars warmed by a fire, our sleeping bags and a hot cup of tea/chocolate!

Our route took us from Vioolsdrif to Ai / Ais Transfrontier Park. A few days before one little mistake of not changing into my running socks after cycling resulted in terrible blisters on the bottom of my toes like I have never had before.. Every step after that was painful and I needed some special TLC and the hot, healing waters of the hot springs were exactly what I needed to soothe my sore feet.

Rhino Knights at Fish River Canyon

Rhino Knights at Fish River Canyon

The next day we moved further North towards Seeheim, passed the mighty Fish River Canyon, through the villages of Bethanie, Hermelingshausen, Maltahöhe to Büllsport.

After 7 days on the trot and 900km behind us we decided to take a rest to visit the world renowned Sossusvlei sand dunes in the Namib Naukluft National Park. The dunes in shades of red, orange and violet are unique and are dynamic and continuously being moved by the wind. Animal life on the dunes firstly seems sad and non-existent, but if one takes a closer look countless tracks of snakes, insects and other life become visible.

Rhino Knights reach Namibia

Rhino Knights reach Namibia

Two days later we reached Namibia´s most popular city, Windhoek! Windhoek has everything to offer to the heart of tired travellers. In our case, a shower, washing machine and flushing toilets for starters!

The city bustles with restaurants, shopping opportunities, great people and some “HOME AWAY FROM HOME”! In the supermarket one can buy German brezeln, rolls and other products and wherever I go German is spoken all around me, which was a cause for great joy and laughter!

We will spend a few days in Windhoek to do talks at schools, create awareness through media for our cause, re-stock and get things sorted again. After travelling to Swakopmund we will then head further into remote and breathtakingly beautiful Damaraland and towards Etosha National Park!”

By Isabel Wolf

‘Strength in unity’ creating global awareness to solve the rhino poaching problem in southern Africa

The current action and response to rhino poaching is vital and helpful but the poaching increases – rhino knights is connecting with stakeholders involved in the industry to gather information on the problems and possible solutions

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By: 5VictoriaFalls24

Date: 28 June 2013