PIC: Giant rhino etched into Mapungubwe bushveld spotted

2018-03-10 10:32 - Selene Brophy
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Cape Town - If you happen to be flying over the Limpopo region in the vicinity of the Mapungubwe National Park, keep an eye out for a giant rhino.

Not a real one of course, but a rhino artwork etched into the veld to make quite a quirky, albeit necessary statement. 

Created by the game rangers of Mopane Bush Lodge as part of a special project which took them months to create - in order to raise awareness around the scourge of rhino poaching. 

In 2017, South Africa saw a small decrease in the number of rhinos poached, with the total standing at 1 028, only 26 less than 2016. But that's still way too much when you consider the dwindling numbers globally and that sub-species are on the final thread of extinction

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Mopane Bush Lodge is a secluded 24-bed bush lodge adjacent to the Mapungubwe National Park and World Heritage Site offering up an ideal bush getaway - and a number of experiences to let visitors tap into the value of SA"s natural wildlife heritage.

The Lodge is located in the Mapesu Private Game Reserve, which spreads over 7 200 hectares.

"It is the perfect location for bird watching, discovering Africa’s ancient and rich history, having an up close and personal view of the wildlife, and experiencing the wonders of nature in the bush. This unique game lodge in Limpopo, South Africa is popular as an unforgettable destination for tourists from all over the world looking for a unique type of safari and activities," they state on their site. 

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Attractions on offer at Mopane Bush Lodge:

Mapungubwe National Park 
A trip to this unique Safari Lodge in South Africa, includes a visit to the New Mapungubwe National Park with its sensational landscape, stunning sandstone cliffs, riverine woods, Big Five and witness incredible vistas overlooking South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe merged together by the mighty Limpopo and Shashe Rivers.
Mapungubwe World Heritage Site
Get a guided tour from Mopane Bush Game Lodge in Limpopo, South Africa to learn about the world famous Mapungubwe Hill (Place of the Jackal), which holds the history of an ancient African Kingdom that came to an end in the 13th century. It is also well known as home to the “Golden Rhino”, which happens to be South Africa’s crown jewels.
Koaxa Rock Art Shelter 
Come enjoy a rich and vivid guided tour of this declared World Heritage Site, that is considered one of the top 10 rock art spots in South Africa. It offers a view of over 250 rock art paintings of people and 16 different animal species. This anthropological site lends to the historical archive of the Kalahari San hunter-gatherers, the Koi-San people.

Save our rhino...

Since the alleged rhino war started a decade ago, more than 6 000 rhinos have been poached in South Africa. The public has been urged to report any suspicious activities around wildlife to the environmental crime hotline which is 0800 205 005 or the SAPS number 10111.