The Safari Index team recommends the following reserves and parks for those looking to see rhinos on an African safari:
Known for their distinctively shaped horns, stocky stature and thick, elephant-like skin, rhinos are fascinating creatures that have captured the hearts of human beings all over the world. With population numbers severely decreased due to poaching, their numbers in the wild continue to decrease. However, due to conservation efforts, rhino populations thrive in protected areas like national parks and reserves. Experience the thrill of seeing one of the awe-inspiring creatures in the flesh.
Found amid the desert landscapes of Namibia, Etosha National Park is a wonderfully unique wilderness region. Its main element is an enormous salt pan, visible from space, which, together with surrounding smaller pans, attract and host a stunning diversity of game and bird species.
Malaria-free and located only a two-hour drive away from Johannesburg and Pretoria, Pilanesberg National Park makes for a wonderful safari destination. The park is home to the Big 5, which includes rhino, as well as various other wildlife species. The area is a birdwatcher’s paradise, with over 300 species recorded in the park.
Also located conveniently close to Johannesburg and Pretoria, Welgevonden Private Game Reserve boasts a stunning diversity of mammal. reptile, bird and tree species. Members of the Big 5, including white rhino, are found in the reserve. With a blend of lodges ranging from the luxury to the affordable, the reserve provides a wonderful safari experience.
Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve is found in South Africa‘s Zululand and is famous for its rhino operations in the 1960s, which helped to repopulate other reserves throughout Africa. Home to the Big 5, as well as many other large game species, the reserve’s thickly forested valleys and rolling hills ensure an unforgettable safari holiday.