The “Renostermaan” (Rhino Moon) project started when we were introduced to a private rhino owner after a poaching incident at her farm some years back.  At that time we made the decision to investigate how we can get involved to make a real contribution to the future existence of rhino’s.  After our first rhino private reserve visit we realized that we did not only want to talk about rhino’s, but offer other nature lovers the same opportunity to meet the rhino’s in their natural habitat.

Why “Renostermaan” (Rhino Moon)?  Full moon periods in the African bush have traditionally been associated with high occurrences of poaching, and even referred to as “poacher’s moon”.  This is a time when the bush is even, in the darkest hour of the night, so brightly lit, that you can follow the spoor of a duiker wandering about.  Human presence on different privately owned rhino reserves during full moon periods proved to be a true life fun experience for many individuals.  It also proved very successful with no incidents reported to date, as this also makes the informants hesitant to give whereabouts of rhino.

During a “Renostermaan” weekend you are offered a first-hand introduction to the reality of what it takes to look after these magnificent animals on a daily basis.  Nature lovers get to meet rhino owners in person to discuss their real-life challenges they face as well as to share their mutual love for nature.  At the same time you are offered many activities over this period to ensure every individual returns back home with a worthwhile life experience you can share for many years to come.

Our financial contribution through “Renostermaan” which we first thought would make a minimal impact, proved to have made a huge difference too many rhino and rhino owners over the past years.  We have not only managed to support the rhino owner emotionally, but managed to contribute too many other aspects such as:

  • Feed during drought periods
  • Milk and supplements for young orphans
  • Transportation
  • Outsourced Security
  • Security equipment
  • Medical emergencies
  • Responsible and educated media coverage

 

BOOTS ON THE GROUND EXPERIENCE

  • Full security profile search of visitor, consent to lie detection test should it be needed
  • Cell phone intake and locations services deactivated
  • Midnight full moon patrols with armed security
  • Experience rhino and wildlife on foot as rangers do daily
  • Tactical shooting training with hand weapon and long firearms
  • Proper African Bush survival training
  • Tracking and ant-tracking course
  • Observation skills
  • Work on a working wildlife farm

 

PROGRAM: (subject to small changes permitting weather changes)

  • A Standard Program for the weekend:
  • Friday afternoon starts at about 3 o’clock:
  • Presentation by Rhino Connect
  • Security briefing by security personnel
  • Instruction speech from private rhino owner
  • Pre-sunset patrols and orientation of the reserve
  • Dinner – Bush Braai
  • Night patrols – monitoring of rhino, vehicle and foot fence patrols  – inside and outside perimeters.

 

SATURDAY

  • Pre-dawn patrols – sweeping of fences for new breaches
  • Survival and tracking courses
  • Brunch
  • Down Time
  • Feeding and monitoring (search and count) of rhino
  • Sundowners at rhino graveyard / water hole
  • Bush Potjie Braai
  • Night patrols

 

SUNDAY

  • Patrols and rhino monitoring
  • Brunch
  • De-briefing and final security information

 

DATES AVAILABLE FOR 2019

  • 15 – 17 FEBRUARY 2019
  • 22 – 27 MARCH 2019
  • 19 – 21 APRIL 2019
  • 17 – 19 MAY 2019
  • 14 – 16 JUNE 2019
  • 19 – 21 JULY 2019
  • 16 – 18 AUGUST 2019
  • 21 – 23 SEPTEMBER 2019
  • 11 – 13 OCTOBER 2019
  • 13 – 15 DECECEMBER 2019

 

 

Renostermaan tydens Vrouemaand – Augustus 2018

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Wat ‘n ongelooglike ervaring om deel te wees van iets wat so groot impak op jou siel kan laat. ‘n Vriendin van my het my voorheen vertel van hulle ongelooflike ervaring tydens ‘n Renostermaan dat ek nie twee keer daaroor gedink het om te gaan toe sy my uitgenooi het na die Augustus Vrouemaan Renostermaan (wat ‘n mondvol, maar so lekker omskrywing). Ek, Jeanté (my dogter), Melanie (my sussie), Anneline (my vriendin) en Marné (haar dogter) het vroegoggend die pad … Read More

Renostermaan 30 March – 01 April 2018

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Bags are packed and we are on our way to our first Renostermaan in the Mpumalanga province, it started on the 30th of March, Fortunately I have met the owners of this Beautiful rehabilitation centre and had the opportunity to see this establishment beforehand Driving into the main Gate, the view of Rolling hills and mountains surround this pristine property. On arrival, we were met by an eager Pointer and a very friendly, yet demanding baby Warthog which made the … Read More

Renostermaan 24 – 26 August 2018 – In honor of Woman’s month

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It’s a long long road….but we ladies are overflowing with excitement for the unknown, a few hours later we arrived safe and sound… Upon early arrival of the first team of ladies and a short meet and greet, accommodation allocations were given and time to settle in. One of our regular “Renostermaners” sponsored a load of Lucerne for the now drought stricken area, which we were privileged and eager (of course) to off load the truck with the 210 bales … Read More

Renostermaan

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I can remember my first Renostermaan like it was only yesterday. I wasn’t part of the Rhino Connect team yet, but every story that was shared with me beforehand made me want to experience this weekend first handedly. Yet nothing I have heard could ever prepare me for this weekend spent in the South African bush, with these majestic animals. I come from a family of farmers and basically grew up on my grandfather’s cattle farm in the North West … Read More