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AFAR Traveler’s Choice Awards 2019 Finalist Nomination – Ulwazi Volunteer & Research Programme.

We are extremely excited to announce that Thanda’s research organisation – Ulwazi – has been nominated in the AFAR Outfitter Category (subcategory: Travel for Good) with just 7 other companies, and alongside the well known and established AltuVistas and Intrepid Travel.

Ulwazi offers volunteers the opportunity to participate in the day-to-day management of a Big-Five reserve and in ongoing research projects. Welcoming anyone over the age of 16, Ulwazi is an affordable once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Please take a moment to vote (as many times as you like!) , the support would be greatly appreciated by our Thanda team.

Voting URL:…/afar-travelers-choice-awards-2019…

Voting closes July 17,2019.

If you would like any other information about our programme, please get in touch!

Rhino Make-over Day!

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As we all know, these magnificent creatures have been facing a plight of poaching for many years, however in efforts to deter the unnecessary slaughter of our beloved rhinos we actively de-horn where needed.

The rhino horn is made of keratin which is the same material as fingernails or hair and holds no medicinal value at all. The horn grows from a growth plate and can be ‘trimmed’ multiple times throughout its life.

The process of de-horning is extremely efficient with our wildlife and veterinary teams usually only taking about 20 minutes to complete.

Even though it is a speedy process, it is also extremely costly and we do our best to encourage donations to continue this valuable work. We thank you for your continued support and look forward to our next adventure in the bush!


After a good rain!


Everything seems to have things to do and places to be!

We have had a lovely bit of rain in the last few days and oh has it energised the bush!!

Termites have taken flight, bees are harvesting pollen, birds are drying their wings and millipedes are moving house!

The roads also take a beating when the rain comes down heavily, with fine clay-like soil it becomes muddy and easily washes away. Being a part of the Ulwazi team we assist in combatting soil erosion and learning new methods of road maintenance.

Come get your hands dirty! if you would like to join us for our one of our 2019 courses, ask us how!






Bring on the Rain!

Summer is certainly here, temperature is hovering around 40 degrees Celsius and it’s not even noon!

This beauty dagga** boy has got the right idea. Elephant, rhino and warthog here at Thana will wallow in the mud to protect their sensitive skin from the harsh sun and any biting flies that may accompany that heat.


An important role for the wildlife team and volunteers is recording rain capture data. This is imperative to understand when we can intervene if the water holes become to dry. The rain data is also important to communicate to the guides at Thanda as many of the roads here are un-drivable in 10mm of rain!


This is one of many new rain meters our team is placing around Thanda to record and assess rainfall data.

Top photo: Amanda Lessard
Bottom photo: Marianna Venter

**Dagga boy is a term used for solitary bull buffalo that have been pushed from the main herd. Sometimes they join together in small numbers. Dagga is a term for mud.   (umdaka- in Zulu)

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