5 Places to See Rhinos in Africa

5 Places to See Rhinos in Africa

The African rhinoceros is one of the big five: a term used to describe the most popular animals that visitors want to see on safari in Africa, which are often the most difficult to spot.

These large herbivorous mammals are among some of the most threatened species on the planet. The black rhino is so critically endangered, there are fewer than 5,000 in Africa, where conservationists are doing everything they can to save them from extinction.


Rhinos have been hunted for many years because their horns are believed to contain ‘healing properties’ and are therefore worth a fortune on the black market. Poaching is still a major problem, despite valiant efforts by local conservationists to protect them.


If you want to see these magnificent beasts in their natural habitat, here are five top spots in Africa where you might find them.

 

1. South Africa

Two areas with the greatest population of white rhinos are Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Park and Kruger National Park in South Africa.

Hluhluwe, a beautiful reserve in the Zululand hills, is home to all of the big five, including a large number of white rhinos. If you’re very lucky, you may even spot a rare black rhino as well.

Kruger has one of the largest populations of white rhinos in Africa. There are believed to be around 10,000 in the vast national park, most of which can be found in the southern areas.

2. Namibia

The Darmaland region in the western area of Namibia is home to the largest population of free roaming black rhino in East Africa. Plamwag Reserve is home to the Save the Rhino Trust headquarters, where conservationists work tirelessly to preserve the black rhinos that have adapted to the desert habitat here.

Black rhinos can also be seen at Etosha National Park in North West Namibia. The best chance of spotting one is during the dry season at night, when rhinos come down to drink at the waterholes.

3. Kenya

Ol Pejeta Conservancy in the Laikipia region of Kenya is East Africa’s largest black rhino sanctuary. Here, local communities and private landowners have united to create a massive conservation area for free-roaming wildlife, away from the dangers of poachers and hunters.

The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, also in the Laikipia region, is one of the most pioneering and successful reserves for preserving and sustaining the critically small numbers of black rhino. 

4. Tanzania

The Selous Game Reserve is one of the largest in Africa and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It has the greatest diversity of wildlife in the world, with over one million animals roaming the reserve, including some of the last black rhinos in the region.

5. Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe is home to the largest population of endangered black rhinos after South Africa, Namibia and Kenya.

After poachers wiped out almost ¼ of the rhino population in Zimbabwe between 2007 and 2009, conservationists sought to protect the remaining numbers in the Lowveld region.

Today these precious beasts are slowly growing in numbers, and can also be spotted in Hwange National Park and on the edge of Lake Kariba in Matusadona National Park.

For more information on African safaris and advice on the best places to spot a rare rhino, contact True Luxury Travel today.

Related Articles

A Typical Day on Safari

A Typical Day on Safari

It is not easy to put a safari in the Masai Mara into words. However, our Africa specialist, Georgie, has summed up her whirlwind experience in order for you to catch a glimpse of what your holiday could entail.

23 Of the Best Things to do in South Africa

23 Of the Best Things to do in South Africa

South Africa, as our specialist, Anton, states, is a country that is brimming with exciting adventures and opportunities from experiencing a phenomenal safari in Kruger National Park to riding an ostrich and diving with Great White Sharks.

Here Is the Best Time to Visit Kenya

Here Is the Best Time to Visit Kenya

Kenya offers one of the most delightful experiences in Africa if you’re into nature and wildlife. The immense variety of animals and birds, both native and migratory, will leave you spellbound and offer a glimpse into real life in the wild.

Here Is the Best Time to Visit Namibia

Here Is the Best Time to Visit Namibia

Namibia is made up of diverse, contrasting landscapes: arid deserts, vast saltpans, rocky wilderness and an untouched coastline, where the highest sand dunes in the world meet the crashing waves of the Atlantic Ocean.

The Best Time to Visit South Africa

The Best Time to Visit South Africa

South Africa is slowly gaining a reputation as one of the tourism hotspots of the world, so it’s important to know when to travel there to make the most out of your trip.

When Is the Best Time to Go on Safari in Africa?

When Is the Best Time to Go on Safari in Africa?

Africa is a vast, spectacular continent that offers so much for those who want to experience wildlife in its natural habitat.

Start planning your trip

How we create your itinerary

person

1 Whatever planning stage you are at, contact us and tell us about your trip

assignment_turned_in

2 We will then create a bespoke itinerary based on your specific requirements

sentiment_very_satisfied

3 We will then refine your itinerary until you are bursting with excitement about it

flight

4 Travel with us safe in the knowledge you are fully supported and financially protected

Tell us about your travel plans

Contact us for your truly bespoke itinerary

Call a specialist

You can call us on
+44 (0) 203 137 1247
(Call us today until 6pm)


Office Hours

Monday - Friday
8.30am - 6.00pm

Independent Guest Reviews

Actual Expert Knowledge

Find out more

Transparent Pricing

Find out more

TOTAL Support

Find out more

Blank Paper Bespoke

Find out more

Unrivalled Guide Network

Find out more

Hand Picked Lodges

Find out more

100% Financial Protection

Find out more

Safety First

Find out more

Our Destinations

live_help Enquire import_contacts Brochure email E-mail Us