Protrack Anti-Poaching Centre, South Africa
On the black market, rhino horn can reach up to US$60,000 per kg - almost 20 times the annual minimum wage in South Africa. One bullet - one death - can feed a family for years. With only a few thousand rhino left in the wild and around 1000 rhino poached a year, rhino protection and conservation is an ongoing challenge for South African game reserves like Kruger National Park, which hold more rhino than anywhere else on the planet. After 2 nights exploring Kruger, our travellers stop in at the Protrack Anti-Poaching Centre to learn about wild animal conservation with a local ranger. Walking through a 'poaching pit', the group are shown how to look out for poaching snares placed around the area, simulating what rangers have to do in the bush, as the ranger explains the plight of poaching and rhinos in Africa. For every person attending, Contiki donates R200 - which goes directly back into the training academy, helping train rangers to fight the war on poaching in South Africa.