GET TO KNOW US

WHY WE aRE HERE

Waterberg Rhino UK (charity no 1187429) was set up in January 2020 by 5 trustees, each with personal links to the Waterberg, having worked, visited or had businesses in the area for many years.

 

This led to a realisation of the need of support and the desire of the many visitors to the region to want to give back. To facilitate this, we set up and registered a charity in the UK under Charity Commission regulations.

 
The aim of Waterberg Rhino UK (WRUK) is to raise funds and awareness to help protect the rhino population of the Waterberg, including the protection of other species of wildlife and habitat that are part of the overall environment.
 
By working alongside established NPOs and PBOs in the Waterberg, we are able to bring support and funding to the community through education and social upliftment projects.

THE WHO OF WRUK

our trustees

LUCY ASPREY

Lucy’s love of South Africa developed during family holidays, meeting and getting to know people in the Waterberg and enjoying the wonderful landscape. As she says ‘it got into her soul’. She found seeing the wildlife in its natural habitat, especially rhinos, totally awe-inspiring. This led to her desire to help the local community to benefit from everything around them and protect it for future generations.

LIBBY BLAKEY

Libby has owned an interior design business in the Berkshire area for over 20 years. She is well known for creating interiors of exquisite taste and effortless style. Libby sources much of her inspiration from South Africa and ships designs back here to furnish English homes with great colour and wit. She has enjoyed extensive travel throughout Africa and first visited the Waterberg in 2018.

BELINDA CHAFFER

With a background in farming, Belinda felt immediately at home in the Waterberg given her love of horse-riding and wild landscapes. She first visited the region in 2007 and has since been instrumental in organising the last 3 charity rides that take place annually from Ant’s Nest. Her fundraising experience includes 10 years working for Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity. Her passion for Africa is wide ranging and has led to breeding a herd of Cape buffalo that roam on a farm in the Waterberg.

BILL CURRAL

Bill’s background in finance and engineering brings business acumen to the role of trustee. He has travelled to the Waterberg extensively over the last 20 years, and this has led to investment in the area in a breeding herd of buffalo. His view is that the protection of rhino brings greater enhancement to the wider biosphere and the wildlife within it. Rhino are magnificent animals and it is abhorrent to see them exploited and destroyed simply for man’s self-aggrandisement.

CAROLINE ST QUINTON

Despite living in the UK, Caroline views the Waterberg as her true home. After being lucky enough to spend much of her childhood in the region, it inspired a great love of South African wildlife which still persists today. When a rhino and her calf were poached from her family’s farm, it led her to found a pyjama company, C. St Quinton, to raise funds and awareness for the magnificent white rhino.

OUR BENEFICIARIES

Rangers and guides via funding for rhino protection and security Local community via increased opportunity and economic support Children - the future of conservation

WELCOME TO THE WATERBERG

THE AREA WE aRE WORKING TO PROTECT -

3 HRS DRIVE FROM JOHANNESBURG

UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE

14,500 SQ KM OF UNIQUE BIODIVERSITY

80% THE SIZE OF KRUGER NATIONAL PARK

Situated in the Limpopo province, the Waterberg is often called South Africa’s Eden, just a short 3 hour drive from Johannesburg. Relying heavily on tourism as a main employer, the Waterberg is home to a number of lodges that offer an escape to this stunning wilderness.
 
Over the past 10 years, poaching of rhino in South Africa has been rife, with over 9,000  (equating to 2 every day) killed for their horn to meet the black market demand that emanates predominately from China and Vietnam.
 
It is estimated that there are now 18,000 white rhino and 4,000 black rhino left in the world, 80% of which are in South Africa.

The Waterberg contains the 2ND largest viable population of rhino after the Kruger National Park.

Waterberg Biosphere Map from Waterberg Rhino UK
Waterberg Biosphere Map from Waterberg Rhino UK

partners & projects

FUNDING PARTNERS

URBAN RHINO GIN

Waterberg Rhino - Urban Rhino Gin Fundraising for Rhino Protection

Urban Rhino Gin has chosen to partner exclusively with Waterberg Rhino UK following its desire to help create funds for and awareness of the plight of the rhino.  A classic gin with a unique botanical profile, it is a perfect pairing for the charity, combining a passion for the best of both urban and wild environments. By buying the gin you are contributing directly to Waterberg Rhino UK –  please use promo code #waterbergrhinouk if you would like to purchase a bottle.

lodges & game reserves

Rhino of the Waterberg Biosphere at Ant's Nest

THE ANT COLLECTION

Away from the madding crowd, you’ll find peace at this private game reserve within the malaria-free Waterberg. Known for its incredible horseback safaris and family-friendly atmosphere, this warm and welcoming lodge provides protection, security and management of a number of privately owned white rhinos.

media partners

WEB I NARRATIVE I DESIGN I VISUALS

An integrative strategic + creative consultancy for all things wild – The Wild Co developed and designed our website as well as donated a few of the photos featured throughout the site. A niche creative agency, The Wild Co provides highly individual services and an atypical approach for clients in a few select industries, focusing mainly on wildlife conservation initiatives, safari lodges and adventures on horseback.

ANDREW YATES PHOTOGRAPHY

An award-winning and published photographer, Andrew has an eye for detail and provides a unique perspective and emotive feeling with each of his photographs. Many of the photos you see on our website have kindly been donated by Andrew to help us tell the story of the rhino’s plight.

Waterberg Rhino Horn Protecting Rhino from Poaching

If you would like to purchase Andrew’s work please visit his website.

40% of the price of any print will be generously donated to Waterberg Rhino UK.

TRAVEL + LODGE PHOTOGRAPHER

A published photographer and editorial writer, Teagan provides exceptional visual and written media for wilderness spaces. Previously on staff for South Africa’s oldest travel magazine, Getaway, Teagan has successfully been working freelance since 2018, and has generously donated a few of her beautiful photographs to our cause, including the powerful homepage image.