By Shaun Ryan
Management at the Zululand Rhino Reserve, North of Hluhluwe, have arrested two would-be poachers inside the park, before any rhino were killed.
Staff and the Nyathi Anti-Poaching Unit caught wind of the intrusion before the men arrived and set up an ambush operation on Saturday afternoon.
The reserve's manager Dave Robertson says two men were dropped off by a vehicle outside the reserve.
He says the two would-be poachers entered the reserve by climbing under the fence where rangers lay in wait.
One of the men was arrested, while the other escaped. The driver of the vehicle was also intercepted. Robertson says the men claimed to be Nigerian.
"When we confronted them they ran, but the guy carrying the rifle was arrested. The guy with the axe did unfortunately get away but we arrested the guy carrying the .303 rifle with a silencer. The driver of the vehicle was also arrested.
"We managed to get them before they got a chance to shoot a rhino. Its great to get the guys before they can do anything," he said.
Robertson says no rhino have been poached at the reserve. More than 50 animals have been killed for their horn in the province this year.