Save the Waterberg Rhino

Kurz nach der Gründung von Save The Waterberg Rhino (STWR) wurde beschlossen, diese Initiative zu einem Projekt des Waterberg Biosphären Reservates (WBR) zu machen. Die Ziele des STWR wurden als übereinstimmend mit denen des WBR erkannt; Schutz bedrohter Arten, Bewusstseinsbildung, Erziehung und Verbesserung der Sozialstruktur in der Region. Außerdem konnte das Nashorn-Schutzprojekt als Teil des WBR umgehend Spenden- und Sponsoringleistungen einwerben, die wegen der Gemeinnützigkeit des WBR unmittelbar dem Natur- und Artenschutz zugutekamen. Zugleich konnte der WBR Mittel für die Arbeit des STWR zur Verfügung stellen. In Zeiten, da im Namen des Rhino-Schutzes auch zweifelhafte Organisationen von sich Reden machten, war diese Unterstellung des STWR unter eine national wie international anerkannte Unternehmung wie dem WBR für die Glaubwürdigkeit und Anerkennung unbedingt förderlich.

SAVE the WATERBERG RHINO Project is set within the contiguous Waterberg area, which is approximately 1.7 million hectares, within Limpopo Province.  This geographical area, which is sparsely populated and has little infrastructure in regards to roads and transport links offers an opportunity of cost effective rhino protection advertising, security monitoring and centralised operational unit which is key to both deterring poachers coming to the area in the first place (other areas will be seen as easier targets) as well as rapid responses to poaching scenes which will further act as a deterrent, if there is a good chance the poacher could get caught.

The Waterberg habitat is suitable for both white and black rhino and historically it is an important place for the recovery of both species.   It is therefore critical that rhinos remain within this area and not seen as a liability by private land owners who would rather sell their rhino than face the full costs of keeping them alive. We endeavour to help rhino owners keep rhino in the Waterberg.

Waterberg Rhino Population

The Waterberg is home to the second largest concentration of rhino outside of the Kruger National Park and we support a herd of over 2000 rhino in the Waterberg. Both white and black rhino occurs in reserves across the Waterberg. Our members spend in excess of R80 million a year on running their reserves and with nearly half of that being spent on rhino security and anti-poaching, the cost of securing these magnificent animals is astronomical.

Save the Waterberg Rhino is in the forefront of trying to save this last frontier for the rhino. With more than 10% of South Africa’s rhino in the Waterberg and our national parks under serious attack by poachers, we believe that this population is vital to the survival of the species.

The Aims of STWR


To fundraise in order to achieve the mission and all other objectives.


To enhance general security in the Waterberg, whereby rhino security and security of communities are increased.


To promote awareness locally and internationally pertaining to the rhino poaching crisis and the STWR efforts to assist with counteracting the onslaught in the Waterberg.

Social Upliftment:

To facilitate employment opportunities, through rhino security and tourism, and thereby enhancing sustainable livelihoods.


To facilitate training that is in support of security, anti-poaching and rhino conservation.

Environmental education:

To support environmental education opportunities that relate to rhino protection and conservation.

Rhinos poached in South Africa

Rhinos Poached in 2014
Rhinos Poached in 2010
Rhinos Poached in 2013
Rhinos Poached in 2009
Rhinos Poached in 2012
Rhinos Poached in 2008
Rhinos Poached in 2011
Rhinos Poached in 2007

How we are funded

We are funded entirely by donations. Our Administrator post is funded by subscription from local rhino owners, in order that all funds raised can go directly towards our work in saving rhinos and not to administrative costs. This will ensure that all our donors know that any donations go directly to protecting the Waterberg’s rhino population. It is of great importance to us that we are completely transparent, so that donors know exactly what their money has been used for and can be entirely confident that their money has been entirely dedicated to the mission and aims of Save the Waterberg Rhino. Any donor will have access to our audited accounts, in order that they can see how their mony has been used. We will also keep you informed of projects and handovers as they occur via our website, newsletters and Facebook page.

How you can help

You can start by asking for more information from your guide or host at dinner. We will happily speak to you about the issues surrounding rhino poaching. You can also add your voice by speaking to your friends and family about the issue.

Sign up for the newsletter via the website to get updates on progress.

“Like” the Save the Waterberg Rhino page on Facebook.

Take home a poster and put it up in your office.

Buy a t-shirt or bumper sticker in our curio shop.

  Leave a donation in our donation box in the lodge for Save the Waterberg Rhino, a non profit organisation dedicated to protecting rhinos in the local area.

Become a friend of Save the Waterberg Rhino for R1500 per year.

Visit the website www.waterbergrhino.com to see what they are doing and make a donation via the website.

Contact Info

PO Box 518

Lychelle Swales |Fundraising: +27 (0) 63 023 3026
Tessa Baber | Founder: +27 (0) 83 681 8944

Cell: +27 (0) 83 947 1203

Lychelle Swales |Fundraising: +27 (0) 63 023 3026Tessa Baber | Founder: +27 (0) 83 681 8944