By Poppy Louw
Heavy terrain and stormy weather have not stopped three men from riding around the country, encouraging pupils to fight against rhino poaching.
"Children can play a role in nature conservation and preserving the rhino. This is our way of showing them how," said former superbike racer Dave Estment.
Estment has joined forces with 2009 Idols winner Jason Hartman and Australian Damien Mander in the Rock 'n Ride 4 Rhino initiative.
Started in April, it consists of an epic 15000km motorbike route around Southern Africa mapped out in the shape of a rhino's head.
About 483 rhino have been killed this year. Last year saw the deaths of 668 rhino, according to the NGO Stop Rhino Poaching.
Estment, who is also a professional wildlife photographer and videographer, said the poaching statistics should raise fear in all South Africans.
"The rhino is our flagship species and having it face extinction this way is very detrimental as the largest portion of rhino in the world is in our country," he said.
The team has reached more than 35000 pupils at 57 schools and aims to reach 57 more schools before the tour's end in September. More....