rhinos like n0where else.

We privately own a herd of over 300+ Southern white rhinos.

For the past five years, we haven’t had a single poaching incident. 

At Rockwood, you can experience rhinos like nowhere else

“Against all odds, you can make a difference. You can make a change.”

Wicus Diedericks (Founder of Rockwood)

For millions of years, rhinos have supported other lifeforms in their ecosystem. Now they are disappearing. Currently, rhino deaths outnumber births – all for a belief that their horns have medicinal properties and convey status.

Our ultimate goal is to see rhinos walk free again. Until then, we are committed to protecting and repopulating the species, in a controlled environment, to prevent white rhino extinction.

It is estimated that rhinos will completely disappear from national parks and reserves within the next ten years. To date, we have celebrated more than 160 rhino births at Rockwood, and no poaching in the last five years. The answer to true rhino conservation lies in private involvement

Our reserve is located in the vast, untouched Northern Cape province of South Africa – somewhere close to Kimberley and Griekwastad.

Nestled between the Great Karoo and the Kalahari, on a pristine, secluded 12 000 hectare (30 000 acre) stretch of arid to semi-arid desert and bushveld, this is precisely the kind of habitat rhinos would have roamed for millennia.

Apart from inviting volunteers and researchers to our secluded rhino conservation, we are also open to members of the public – for the purpose of creating conservation awareness and required funding to further the protection of our herd and South Africa’s rhino species as a result.

Hunters (of our other wildlife) offer a valuable income stream, and help to balance the numbers on the farm, in order to ensure sustainability of our projects.

Contact us for any hunting concerns and more information about how controlled, eco-hunting is directly, positively contributing to our rhino conservation mission.

5-STAR SAFARI LODGE FACILITIES

Our 5-star safari lodge offers four luxury, air-conditioned villas, which can accommodate a maximum of 22 guests, as well as volunteer housing (which can accommodate 12 volunteers) – with a private lounge and dining area, boma and fire pit, as well as full bar and restaurant.

The lodge is fully family-friendly, and also offers an on-site spa, gym, swimming pool and curio boutique. We even have wifi, although our location is so remote.

Our luxury accommodation facilities seem in stark contrast to our conservation efforts, which require constant donations. It’s important to understand that the contributions towards the conservation of our rhinos are applied to our wildlife only.

The lodge was privately built in an extended effort to attract visitors (tourists, researchers and volunteers alike) to our remote area – offering them a comfortable stay, in order to enhance the chance of them returning and supporting us further in our main mission:  to protect our rhino herd and the species from poachers, and inevitably extinction.

The lodge is unfinanced. Income generated from accommodation bookings, safari tours, and eco-hunting is utilised to help cover the huge expense of feeding, caring, and 24-hour security of our rhino herd.

ROCKWOOD WILDLIFE

Aside from being home to 300+ protected rhinos and boasting a five-star safari lodge, our reserve also hosts a wide variety of animals, who would naturally share their habitat with rhinos. From plains species to predators, our conservation reserve is a real haven for African wildlife – most of which you’ll be able to observe from up close.

Because our rhinos are so well protected here, Rockwood is also one of the very few places where you’ll be able to still see a rhinoceros with its full horn.

Close-Up Game Viewing
Experience Private Game Viewing Up Close & Personal
Professional Guides
Knowledgable Staff & Personal Interaction with Rockwood Owner
Wildlife Interaction
Touch & Feed Our Rhinos, Like No-Where Else
Luxury Villas & Cottages
Interact with Raw Nature, yet Sleep Comfortably in Style
Earthy Experiences, Modern Luxuries
Rooms with Air-Conditioning & Wifi
Private Lounge & Dining Area
Luxury Africa-Themed Entertainment Areas
Fine Dining
Bar & Restaurant with Game Meat Available
On-Site Chefs
African Food Prepared Freshly to Your Liking
Spa & Gym
On-Site Spa & Gym Facilities
Boma & Fire Bowl
Night-Time Relaxation the African Way
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HELP TO KEEP US GOING

Rockwood is privately owned and receives no government funding.

The protecting of our rhinos is a personal passion project – with public benefits for (hopefully) generations to come.

Caring for 300+ Southern white rhinos and other wildlife is extremely costly and not viable for a private individual alone, without external assistance.

We would not be able to maintain our conservation efforts without visitors, hunters, volunteers, and contributions from equally passionate people like you.

YOU, OUR VISITORS, PARTNERS & SPONSORS MAKE OUR CONSERVATION EFFORTS POSSIBLE.