AJs Ride for Rhinos was the idea of Alex Jackson from Leighton Buzzard, who wanted to plan a motorcycle journey around Southern Africa in order highlight the plight of Rhinos in the area, who are close to being poached into extinction.
A regular visitor to South Africa both training as a bush guide and touring the area on his motorcycle, he is well aware of the poaching problem which sees a Rhino killed around every 9 hours and 45 minutes, which is simply unsustainable for a species with a population of its current size.
Through his trip Alex is working to raise funds which will go towards anti-poaching patrols in South Africa, and on his journey he will be stopping in a number of national parks to find out more about their current efforts to protect these wonderful animals.
Running on Continental tyres, he set off on his epic journey in November from Cape Town along South Africa’s west coast to the town of Springbok, a journey of some 550 kilometres in a single day. Heading up into Namibia he visited a number of national parks and private reserves, before hitting the border with Angola. From there he has headed east along the Caprivi Strip which crosses into Botswana. The strip is rich in wildlife and mineral resources, and borders the Okavango Delta.
Currently at the Victoria Falls on the border between South Africa and Zimbabwe, he is now getting ready to move on to the Zimbabwean town of Kariba, followed by the capital city Harare and second city Bulawayo. After a stop at Hoedspruit, a major hub for people heading for the Kruger National Park he carries on through the small nations of Lesotho and Swaziland and back down to Cape Town.
Good luck to Alex on the rest of his journey, and hopefully he will be able to make a contribution towards the safeguarding of these fantastic animals for future generations.