By Joe Kennedy
Head ranger at Tintswalo Safari Lodge, Fritz Breytenbach has completed a walk of 1,000km to raise awareness of rhino poaching.
As part of the Tintswalo Rhino Extreme Campaign (TREC) launched in 2013 with Game Reserves United, Breytenbach set out to on May 1. He completed all 1,000km by July 10, but then decided to keep walking to spread the message.
Over the course of the campaign, Breytenbach visited local communities to talk and educate them about the plight of the rhinos in South Africa.
“Along my journey I’ve learnt that awareness in rural communities, especially among the youth, is lacking. In response to this, I want to continue engaging with the locals to ensure that they fully understand the importance of preserving South Africa’s rhinos and the role that they can play in protecting these incredible creatures,” said Breytenbach.
Part of the walk was documented by photographer and documentary filmmaker Steve Lyon, who was able to capture footage at local schools.
Lyon plans to produce a full-length feature about the TREC journey and further raise awareness of rhino poaching.
Tintswalo Safari Lodge has several community projects that aim at educating and uplifting local communities through enhancement courses, game drives and education about wildlife.
“Through TREC, Tintswalo Safari Lodge is committed to ensuring that South Africa’s rhino population doesn’t become a distant memory. It is only through a collaboration with corporate South Africa that we can make a tangible difference in protecting our rhino population,” said Gaye Corbett, owner of Tintswalo Lodges.