Lucky Draw Prize:
Two days in the Southern Drakensberg for a unique experience of hiking, crane viewing, guided rock art tour and a traditional meal as my guest in my home village, Mqatsheni, including a one night stay in Underberg.
Thabo Madlala was born and raised in Mqatsheni community a rural area about 30 minutes outside of Underberg. In 2014 he became one of eight EcoRanger’s that were picked for a three-year internship with the African Crane Conservation Programme (a partnership between the EWT and International Crane Foundation), which he completed successfully. He welcomed the opportunity to educate himself with the support of the EWT/ICF partnership through doing courses wherever it was possible. He is now a registered Nature guide with Level 2 first aid certificate, and he achieved certificates in Wildlife management, Veld management, Herbicide operators’ and Rock art conservation and interpretation certificate. Thabo is an avid trail runner and hiker and even started a local hiking club in his home village. He is also a beekeeper, mentor and father.
- 3 times The Giants cup trail run finisher within the top 3 podium
- Completed one Comrades Marathon
Having grown up in the Southern Drakensberg and spending so much time in the mountains running or hiking, Thabo has a deep-rooted love for the Southern Drakensberg. He contributes every day to improving the lives of rural people in the Southern Drakensberg through community livelihood projects such as developing and mentoring beekeepers in the Southern Drakensberg, as well the establishment and support of food gardens. His love for nature and sport, make the Rhino Peak Challenge an ideal opportunity for him to highlight this stunning area and raise funds for the organization and area he calls home.
International Crane Foundation and Endangered Wildlife Trust
No. of pledges: 50
Total Raised: ZAR 11,607