Friday, 23 September 2011


In commemoration of World Rhino Day, which took place yesterday, 22 September, Shearwater Adventures and Rani Africa are delighted to announce the name of the newest Black Rhino on the Victoria Falls Game Reserve.

Having recently announced the birth of the Rhino calf, Go To Victoria Falls member, Shearwater Adventures, is excited to advise that the baby has now been christened.  After asking agents and trading partners to come up with suggestions, they are happy to announce that the winning name “Tatenda” was proposed by David Wood at Air Holidays. 

“Tatenda” means “we are thankful” in Shona, and David suggested that it would show gratitude for Shearwater and Rani Africa’s conservation work and to the Rhino parents, for keeping the species going. 
Tatenda’s arrival marks another leap forward in Shearwater and Rani Africa’s conservation efforts, which for the past ten years have been concentrated on sustainable wildlife utilisation, together with breeding and research programmes of rare and endangered species, with the Black Rhino as its pioneer project.

With less than 3,000 of these incredible animals left on earth and recent poaching incidences being at an all-time high, Shearwater Adventures and Rani Africa are justifiably proud of this achievement and of being closer to the dream of supplying Black Rhino from the breeding programme into other wild life areas. 

Friday, 9 September 2011

Another Successful Victoria Falls Marathon!

Sunday 28 August saw over 700 runners competing in the annual Econet Vic Falls Marathon in Zimbabwe, as well as the Zambezi Lite Half Marathon and Shoprite Fun Run. Highlights included the fantastic weather, amazing service from sponsored water points and the post event cruise and after party on the Zambezi River.

Zimbabwe athletes took the top spots, but a number of runners from Tanzania and Kenya came a long way (by bus) to compete, and take home some of the prizes.

Now in its sixth year, the event has grown from humble beginnings, into one of Africa’s best and most scenic races. Support from sponsors, which included some Go To Victoria Falls members, as well as tight organisation by the management team and the community, made the event a real “team effort”.

The Marathon also resulted in 100 wheelchairs being donated to disabled people in the region, thanks to Network of Caring, as well as donations of supplies to local schools, money and support to chosen charities, as well as a contribution to the Vic Falls Anti-Poaching Unit.

Meanwhile, the Zambezi Man Multi Event which combines White Water Rafting, a mountain bike race and the marathon, was also a huge success, proving that the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe remains a world class destination for adventure events.