Two men believed to be rhino poachers were arrested in the Zululand Rhino Reserve (ZRR) in northern KwaZulu-Natal, the reserve's management said on Monday.
The two were caught on Friday after rangers were alerted of their plan, ZRR manager Dave Robertson said.
The men, both Nigerians, were found in possession of a rifle, 10 rounds of ammunition, and an axe.
They were handed over to police in Mkuze.
The Democratic Alliance in KwaZulu-Natal commended the rangers for the arrests.
DA MPL Radley Keys urged conservation officials to ensure that efforts to combat poaching were encouraged.