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Rhino Conservation
Weeks 2024

Experience the rare opportunity to participate in a rhino notching at Sango Private Game Reserve. Witness the darting of a rhino and assist the veterinary team in tagging the sleeping rhino’s ear for research and security monitoring, before releasing it back into the wild.

RHINO CONSERVATION WEEKS Package

In August 2024 we will be tagging 35 young rhinos and you can help us achieving our goal.

  • You will be helping our team of experts to tag our 2 year old rhinos.
  • After a short briefing, you will be given your task and off you go!
  • Protect the rhino’s eyes with a cover during tagging
  • Spray the rhino with cold water to control its body temperature
  • Check breathing and vital signs
  • Mark the rhino with watercolour so that it can be seen from the air as having been treated

Available Dates:
Week 1: 12.-18. August 2024
Week 2: 19.-25. August 2024

Sango Dadiso Package:
US$ 5,.499 sharing / per person /4 nights
Sango Expedition Package:
US$ 4,499 sharing / per person / 4 nights

Don't miss Your chance to touch a wild rhino.

Sango is committed to ensuring the survival of Africa’s rhinos by implementing best practice research and management methods. Ear tags allow researchers to correctly identify different individuals on Sango Private Game Reserve. Each rhino is given a unique ear tag number, which helps to identify the rhino once it has been tagged.

In some cases, microchips are implanted in the horn and body by veterinarians for identification and security purposes. Measurements, horn shavings and skin samples are also taken for DNA analysis.

The procedure looks breathtaking and cruel to the animals, but in reality it only takes 15 minutes per rhino. Ear notching has a huge impact on monitoring and identifying the population living in Sango makes a huge difference. Once tagged, the rhino can be observed with binoculars from a safe distance without disturbing them in their habitat. Together with our partner, the Safe the African Rhino Foundation, we are offering this special event to the public for the first time in 2024.

This is your chance to get involved in real conservation work and combine this special once-in-a-lifetime event with your private safari in Sango.

Rhinos are in need of ear notches and we are inviting groups of up to eight guests each (sharing one vehicle) to participate in this extraordinary experience. You will play an active role in the day’s adventure. As the veteri- nary team flies overhead in a helicopter in search of the rhino, guests will follow in hot pursuit with an expert ranger in an open 4×4 safari vehicle.

Once the animal is located and darted, the helicopter will land, and guests will have the never-to-be-repeated opportunity to touch the anaesthetised rhino during the notching procedure and support the team by checking vital signs.  

How does it work?

Rhinos are in need of ear notches and we are inviting groups of up to eight guests each (sharing one vehicle) to participate in this extraordinary experience. You will play an active role in the day’s adventure. As the veteri- nary team flies overhead in a helicopter in search of the rhino, guests will follow in hot pursuit with an expert ranger in an open 4×4 safari vehicle.

Once the animal is located and darted, the helicopter will land, and guests will have the never-to-be-repeated opportunity to touch the anaesthetised rhino during the notching procedure and support the team by checking vital signs. 

PACKAGES

Minimum number of participants 5

Sango Dadiso Package:
US$ 5,499 sharing / per person /4 nights
Sango Expedition Package:
US$ 4,499 sharing / per person / 4 nights

Including

  • All transfers
  • Overnight stay with breakfast at a Lodge in Harare
  • Road transfer to Sango
  • Full board accommodation with all inclusive service
  • No additional cost except staff gratitude


Optional (not included)

  • Air Charter (Harare – Sango & Sango – Harare) US$1.305 each way / up to 3 passengers
  • Cessna 206 (luggage limited to 20 kg each and 5 kg each way)
  • Flight time app. 1 hour

Available Dates:
Week 1: 12.-18. August 2024
Week 2: 19.-25. August 2024

Rhino Conservation
Weeks Itinerary

Arrival
Guests arrive at Harare International Airport / Zimbabwe and check in at a lodge in Harare for an overnight stay. 

Day 1
Depart from Harare by vehicle 6.30 am Arrival at Sango at noon.
Lunch
Afternoon game drive with snacks
Dinner

Day 2
Breakfast
Join the capture team
Rhino Ear Notching
Packed lunch on capture site
Dinner at lodge

Day 3
Breakfast
Rhino Ear Notching
Lunch at Sango Ingwe Lodge
Rhino Ear Notching / optional Meet & Greet Kim Wolhuter 
Bush Dinner

Departure
Transfer to Harare International Airport

The itinerary may vary and will be finally communicated before departure.

Here we are

Stretching from the Bikita Hills in the west and crossing nine major habitat zones to the Save River in the east, Sango provides guests with 60,000 hectares (600 km2) of untamed Africa in the heart of Savé Valley Conservancy.

Directions to Sango

Location
Stretching from the Bikita Hills in the west crossing nine major habitat zones to the Savé River in the east, Sango Private Game Reserve is situated in the Savé Valley Conservancy in south-eastern Zimbabwe.

By Air to Sango Airstrip
Fly with a commercial airline to Harare Airport, Zimbabwe, clear immigration and customs and charter a private flight to Sango Airstrip. Approximate journey time from Harare to Sango is 1 hour.

By Road
Fly with a commercial airline to Harare Airport, Zimbabwe, clear immigration and customs and be collected by our airport transfer for the journey by road to Sango. Approximate journey time from Harare to Sango is 4 – 5 hours.

Air and/or road transfers as well as hotel accommodation before and/or after your stay at Sango can be arranged by our staff upon request.