A LEIGHTON tour guide is planning to map a route through the wilds of Africa for a 6,000 mile solo and unsupported trip aimed at raising the plight of the endangered rhino.
Alex Jackson runs Kaapstad Tours from a base in Grovebury Road. The motorcycle enthusiast takes groups of people on motorbike safaris through South Africa, a country he has fallen in love with since first visiting it in 1998.
He’s now planning Ride for Rhinos to publicise the mindless slaughter of the animals and to garner support for their protection against poachers.
Said Alex: “Unbelievably the latest trend is for people to put ground rhino horn up their noses because they think it’s an aphrodisiac. It’s not, it’s just ground horn, but animals are being killed for their horn to be sold to gullible party people as the latest must-have drug.”
Any money that his trip raises will go to charities supporting rhinos.
“I leave Cape Town on November 23 and head up the west coast of South Africa to Springbok then across the border into Namibia where I will visit some reserves around Fish River Canyon.
“Over the next week I will be making my way up past Sossuvlei, which is home to the iconic sand dunes, and from there to Swakopmund before heading to Etosha National Park where I hope to see some of the projects that Namibia has in place to protect its wild life.
“Leaving Etosha I will ride across Namibia and along the Caprivi Strip, crossing into Botswana and then into Zimbabwe and to Victoria Falls.
“My journey will head south through Zimbabwe and I will re enter South Africa around December 20.
“I hope to spend a few weeks with various conservation projects in and around the Kruger National Park area and arrive back in Cape Town at the beginning of January.
“The world is losing more than two Rhino every day to poachers. At this rate, in 20 years, wild rhinos will be gone forever.
“This ride is aimed at raising public awareness to the plight of wildlife in general. Everyone can play a part”.