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Acacia Africa celebrates ‘World Rhino Day’ with amazing Overland Discounts

By 18th September 2012 No Comments

The World Rhino Day will be held on 22 September with its main aim is to create awareness on the need to protect these magnificent mammals. With only 4000 black Rhino and 17,000 white rhino they are still under significant threat from poaching. To mark the event Acacia Africa will be offering a 25% discount on several of its overland tours with the opportunity to check out these amazing creatures.

–       Visit Etosha National Park on our 11-day Cape Desert Safari (NCDS11)   tour . This discount applies for departures on 13 October & 10 November. Starts Cape Town – ends Windhoek. This tour can be done in reverse. See Cape Desert Safari (SCDS11) for all discounted departure dates.

Etosha National Park is home to Africa’s tallest elephants, but included in its impressive count of over 100 species of mammals, the national park also boasts a 260-strong population of black rhino. Known to be rather shy, the parks floodlit waterholes will also give wildlife viewers extra opportunities to spot these endangered herbivores.

–       Visit Kruger National Park on our 7-day African Insight (NAI7)   tour . This discount applies for departures on 11 October & 08 November. Starts Johannesburg – ends Victoria Falls. This tour can be done in reverse. See African Insight (SAI7)  for all discounted departure dates.  

South Africa is home to more than 80% of Africa’s rhino population and while they were once extinct in the Kruger national park, due to extensive conservation efforts, there are now around 300 rare black rhino residing here. Add to that a further 3,000 white rhino and you have the recipe for an unforgettable safari.

–       Visit Serengeti National Park on our 11-day Highlights of Tanzania (HOT11)  tour . This discount applies for departures on 12 & 26 November. Starts Dar es Salaam – ends Nairobi. This tour can be done in reverse which includes the famous ‘Masai Mara’. See Kenya & Tanzania Adventure (KTA13)  for all discounted departure dates.

Over the last two years conservationists have stepped up their game in the Serengeti, the ongoing release of 32 black rhino from South Africa to their natural East African habitat making this, the world’s largest re-introduction project.

 Come and join us on one of our amazing Overland adventures to see these magnificent animals roam the lands as they should do!

 Black or Hooked- lipped Rhinoceros [ Diceros Bicornis]

The black rhino is a formidable herbivore. It inhabits bush country with thick cover, grasslands, or open forestry areas, where it can browse on a wide variety of plants. They grow to approx 14 feet (four meters) long, stands over 4.5 feet (1 meter) at the shoulder, and weighs up to 3,900 pounds (1770 kg). It is recognizable by its long, pointed, prehensile upper lip and two prominent horns made up of millions of tightly compacted hair like fibers with the longest horn averaging 20 inches (50 cm) in length.

White or Square-lipped Rhinoceros [Ceratotherium simum]

White rhinos live on Africa’s grassy plains, where they sometimes gather in groups of as many as a dozen individuals.  Unlike the black rhino that tend to graze on smaller bushes and shrubs, the white rhino have a square-shaped, wide mouth to graze on grass. They have two horns, the foremost more prominent than the other, which In fact as with the black rhino are made of densely packed fibers. The recorded horn length is 1.58 m. Bulls, weighing up to 2000 kg, are larger than cows and are the third largest land mammal.