A group of African tour operators are teaming up with conservation charity Tusk to raise money for wildlife rangers in some of the continent’s most popular safari destinations.
With safari holidays ceasing during the coronavirus pandemic, prized areas such as Tanzania’s Serengeti and South Africa’s Kruger are struggling to pay the salaries of the rangers, who are the first line of defence against poaching. Despite the devastating cuts to their income, they are still working to tackle the surging illegal wildlife trade.
Exceptional Travel, along with others, have come up with Ride 4 Rangers, an initiative to help protect the work of African rangers, by cycling, walking, running or riding the equivalent of circumnavigating Africa – an estimated 30,000 kilometres. The aim is to contribute to Tusk’s greater Wildlife Ranger Challenge, which will see vital funds directly dispersed into the field.
As well as joining one centralised cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats, which sets off on August 15, there is the option to organise your own activity and add to the ambitious total from anywhere in the world.
To take part in the bike ride, or donate to the cause, visit ride4rangers.com.