Botswana is making history by protecting its rhinos, and they are doing it to a level of commitment like no other government in Africa. The Botswana authorities have declared all forms of rhino hunting illegal and have committed to promote rhino relocation and repopulation. Protecting the animals in safe havens that will even have armed troops to defend them from poachers.
Botswana has committed to protect its rhinos at all costs. Declaring all forms of rhino hunting illegal is a massive decision that marks the difference with all neighbouring countries, showing that Botswana people and government are united to preserve the World’s greatest treasure: its wildlife.
Among the several initiatives that the Botswana government is currently developing to protect the rhinos, the Air Race for Rhinos project stands alone as a remarkable marketing idea to support this noble cause. Botswana Tourism Organisation in partnership with Gaing-o Community Trust and The Matsieng Flying Club are proud to host the prestigious Air Race For Rhinos.
The race itself, will amount up to 100 light aircraft, taking off and landing directly on the hardened salt plains next to Lekhubu Island. The afternoons will offer further experiences for participants and spectators with guided tours of the national monument, quad biking, mountain biking and exciting aviation stunts.
Lekhubu Island is a national monument for Botswana and is managed by a community-based trust. There is a pre-historical wall on the southern side of the Lekhubu rocky outcrop which postdates the post Great Zimbabwe ruins.The trust will be offering guided tours of the ruins explaining the rich cultural history of the region.
Botswana Tourism and the Botswana Government launched the Air Race For Rhinos campaign, with planes from all over the world, to raise all the funding needed to carry out relocation and resettlement, as well as the creation of several rhino havens. This hidden locations are meant to preserve the animals from poachers. This whole project shows an unbelievable commitment to the future of the rhinos, and to the future of Botswana itself, proving that, on occasion, courage, bravery and nobility can drive an entire nation.
Today, Botswana stands proud alongside its rhinos, as an example of humanity, dignity and excellence. For this amazing project Botswana Tourism was recognized with the BID International Star for Leadership In Quality Award 2017 in Paris.