Tintswalo to host “Christmas in July” fundraiser

In answer to the unprecedented rhino-poaching crisis in Southern Africa, Tintswalo Safari Lodge aims to provide funding and support the Southern African Wildlife College (SAWC), for a variety of urgently needed anti-poaching interventions in the Manyeleti Game Reserve, Greater Kruger National Park. To raise awareness and funds for the cause, Tintswalo will host a special ‘Christmas in July Rhino Fundraiser Dinner & Auction’ in Johannesburg at Tintswalo at Waterfall on Thursday 13 July 2017. Tickets for the event are now available.

In answer to the unprecedented rhino-poaching crisis in Southern Africa, Tintswalo Safari Lodge aims to provide funding and support the Southern African Wildlife College (SAWC), for a variety of urgently needed anti-poaching interventions in the Manyeleti Game Reserve, Greater Kruger National Park. To raise awareness and funds for the cause, Tintswalo will host a special ‘Christmas in July Rhino Fundraiser Dinner & Auction’ in Johannesburg at Tintswalo at Waterfall on Thursday 13 July 2017. Tickets for the event are now available.  During the evening, guests will be able to enjoy drinks and a four-course dinner with matching wines, followed by a fundraising auction during which they will be able to bid on exclusive auction items. All proceeds from the evening will go to the Southern African Wildlife College’s Anti-Rhino Poaching Campaigns.

In response to the dramatic increase in cases of rhino poaching, Tintswalo Safari Lodge has launched a multifaceted programme to strengthen rhino conservation efforts in the Manyeleti Game Reserve and the surrounding local communities. It has always been part of Tintswalo’s culture to engage and work with local communities by raising conservational and environmental awareness through educational campaigns, training workshops and participation in initiatives run in the area.

Tintswalo Safari Lodge has developed a three-point strategic framework to address the issue and actively combat the threat to rhinos:  1. The lodge raises awareness among its guests by presenting an informative visual presentation with the facts and figures on rhino poaching, and some ways in which guests themselves can help. Each guest also has the option to donate to the cause upon check out.2. Tintswalo has joined forces with the local communities in the region, as well as private companies and government departments, in order to drive an educational awareness programme to target the local surrounding communities on the borders of the Manyeleti Game Reserve. Its aim is to develop and educate the region’s youth and communities to protect their natural resources by creating an understanding of the importance and relationship between the game reserve, its natural heritage, eco-tourism, the lodges, the community and jobs, to have a sustainable future for all. So far the programme has reached around 800 pupils from the 19 communities surrounding the Manyeleti. 
3. Tintswalo supports the funding of anti-rhino poaching projects being run by the SAWC, which include its ‘Eye in the Sky’ Bathawk Programme – an aircraft vital for anti-poaching training, ground air patrols and support in terms of rhino monitoring and data capture; Wildlife Guardianship/Anti-Poaching Field Ranger Training; and the K9 Anti-Poaching Project, which trains field rangers as dog handlers plus dogs themselves in disciplines that are of most benefit to the anti-poaching community.

Tickets to the Tintswalo Fundraiser event are available at R1,200 per person, with tables of 10 receiving a special rate of R10,000 per table. Dinner guests wishing to make the most of the evening may also book one of Tintswalo at Waterfall’s luxury Suites at a rate of R1,500 per couple, which includes breakfast the following morning.

For further information and to book tickets and overnight stays, contact Nandi at [email protected]

About South Africa’s poaching crisis

The poaching crisis in Africa is driven by an ever-increasing demand for rhino horn. South Africa has by far the largest population of rhinos in the world and is an incredibly important country for rhino conservation.

From 2007-2014 the country experienced an exponential rise in rhino poaching – a growth of more than  9,000%. Most illegal activity occurs in Kruger National Park, a 19,485 km2 of protected habitat on South Africa’s north-eastern border with Mozambique. As Kruger consistently suffered heavy poaching loses, the government and international donors have channeled ever more funding and resources into securing the Park.

Recent statistics on rhino poaching issued by the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) indicate a decrease in poaching incidents during 2016 – showing a decline of 10.3% to the previous year (2015). While this is a step in the right direction, there is little reason to celebrate. The number of incidents are still staggeringly high, with a reported 1054 rhinos killed for their horn last year – an average of three each day.

A rise in incidents outside Kruger National Park also points to the growing sophistication of poaching gangs that are gaining wider geographical spread and – it would seem – expanding their operations across borders. Poaching syndicates are well-equipped, highly organised and dangerous – they use helicopters, machine guns, veterinary immobilisation drugs and other sophisticated methods to stalk rhinos and kill them, taking their horn and selling it. Rhino poaching is a complex issue for which there is no quick fix.

For this reason, Tintswalo recognises the need to apply a long-term plan and work in a multilayered way to address the problem systematically.

@Tintswalolodges @FiveStarPRZA #TintswaloSaveTheRhino CHRISTMAS IN JULY RHINO FUNDRAISER DINNER & AUCTION

Date: Thursday 13 July 2017 Location: Tintswalo at Waterfall Time: 18:00 until late Price: R1,200 per person, including welcome drinks and dinner

Special Rate: R10,000 for a table of 10

For further information and to book tickets and overnight stays, please contact Nandi at [email protected] http://tintswalo.com/waterfall/

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