Wouldn't it be great to not have to save wild rhinos?

On average in South Africa, one wild rhino is killed every day. Except at Rockwood Conservation. For the past six years, we haven’t had a single poaching incident.

Why?

Our unique aggressive conservation method includes state-of-the-art security, a successful breeding programme, and a team of passionate rangers with one goal: prevent wild rhino extinction.

“The passion that drives us is not enough. We cannot save an entire species from extinction on our own. Your charitable donations will help ensure the continued survival of the rhino.”

Earl Duiker (Rockwood Security)

Did you know?

Caring for a wild rhino baby is like caring for a human baby.

At Rockwood, we hand rear orphaned newborn rhinos. This is a critical step in preventing rhino extinction because every rhino born adds to their dwindling numbers. They need ongoing care and observation, and we love them like our children. We even bottle-feed them every two hours — these little guys drink up to 25 litres of milk a day!

Visit us

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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SAVING THE RHINO

WITHOUT US, THEY WON'T BE AROUND FOR MUCH LONGER

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.

But the battle to save rhinos from extinction is far from over. And we cannot win without your support.

OUR TEAM

DEDICATED RANGES FOR TOP-CLASS SECURITY

We cannot dare to spare security expenses. We employ 25 vigilant rangers who are on 24-hour security – on horseback, quad bikes and from watch towers.

Apart from food and care for our rhinos, our income also goes towards maintaining our state-of-the-art human and electronic security systems, and keeping our rangers kitted out and on their horses.

PASSIONATE BABY CARERS

Rhino carers (which include permanent staff members and volunteers) hand-rear orphaned newborn rhinos and bottle-feed them every two hours. Their feeding and care is a full-time job.

This is critical in preventing rhino extinction, because every rhino born adds to their dwindling numbers. We love them like our children.

wicus petting baby rhino

Helping Our Rhinos
Have More Babies

Repopulation is key to saving the Southern white rhino.

Since our establishment, we’ve celebrated the birth of 160 calves. Our annual repopulation rate is double what is in the wild – making us one of the world’s largest private rhino conservation projects.

VISIT US

WAYS YOU CAN VISIt OUR RHINOS

We invite volunteers (experienced wildlife volunteers, as well as first-time gap year students) to help us on-site, at Rockwood.

We are the only private rhino conservation facility of our kind that allows this kind of up-close and personal interaction with rhinos.

You’ll get to stay with us for two weeks, directly work with our gentle giants, and leave knowing you have physically helped in a great way. It’s an experience of a lifetime.

Contribute To Our Research

Sharing knowledge helps us overcome the challenges we’re facing in biodiversity and wildlife protection.

We invite masters and PhD students to take up a research opportunity at Rockwood, and further contribute to our phenominal 15% annual growth in rhino population.

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.

Our facilities are family-friendly and open to tourists who wish to view our rhinos and other wildlife from up close, and even interact with our rhino babies.

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.

VOLUNTEERING TO SAVE WHITE RHINO

Volunteer Your Gap Year To Save The White Rhino

Using your gap year to volunteer for a cause in need is a sure way to find out who you really are. As Mahatma Gandhi said: “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” So, where do you want to lose yourself? With 1 million species now critically endangered, our wildlife needs all the help it can get.

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rhino in field

Is Private Conservation the Last Hope?

From a population of around 10 000 white rhinos and 600 black rhinos in 2010, the numbers are now down to approximately 3 549 white rhinos and 268 black rhinos. Most rhinos were poached in Kruger National Park. If this trend continues, the entire rhino population currently protected by Kruger might be wiped out by 2030.

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VOLUNTEER PROJECTS

Safe Volunteer Projects With Rockwood

When considering volunteering projects abroad, it’s essential to know what you’re getting yourself in to. Supporting local projects gives you the chance to get to see a country from a different perspective – but it needs to be a safe and healthy environment. There are a lot of stereotypes about Africa, but what’s the reality?

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Does Hunting Rhinos Help Conserve Them?

South African Minister of Environment, Barbara Creecy, has proposed increasing the yearly number of black rhinos that can be hunted from five to a maximum of 10 animals. Thankfully, a permitting and monitoring system is in place – stipulating that only older, post-reproductive or ‘problem’ bulls are permitted.

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YOU, OUR PARTNERS AND SPONSORS MAKE OUR CONSERVATION EFFORTS POSSIBLE