One&Only embraces Rhino month

2012-09-03 10:50

In an effort to highlight the plight of the critically endangered African Rhino, One&Only Cape Town has devoted the entire month of September to this worthy cause.

With World Rhino Day falling on September 22, One&Only Cape Town has its sights set on raising awareness of the need to fight the plunder of one of Africa's most magnificent species.

Over the course of the past five years, hundreds of rhinos have been illegally poached in South Africa, their horns destined for markets where it is wrongly believed that the ground powder has aphrodisiacal properties.

In an effort to highlight this travesty, One&Only Cape Town has joined forces with Save the Rhino International and Wildlife ACT Fund and is offering a number of activities to help focus the public's attention.

WINING & DINING

From when guests enter the resort, there will be no doubt as to the focus for the month, with a model of a rhino taking centre-stage in Vista Bar & Lounge. A bespoke Save the Rhino cocktail Rhinos Revenge will also be on sale at the bar for guests throughout the month of September.

The entire month of September will see guests enticed to dine with purpose with the special menu at Reuben's One&Only Cape Town. The set three-course lunch and dinner menu will cost R230 per person and features carefully conceived edible specialities paired with Linton Park's Rhino Wines. As part of the amenities offered, guests staying in suites during the month of September will receive these Rhino Wines as part of their turndown. A percentage of all sales from these wines will be directed to this incredibly worthy cause.

WALKING THE TALK

A highlight of the month will be a slideshow presentation and talk with renowned rhino expert Galeo Saintz. Held on Saturday September 22 to coincide with World Rhino Day, Galeo will present On Foot through Rhino Heartland and Rhino Reality, a showcase of an adventure where four young conservationists walked through the full extent of the heartland of black and white rhino in Zululand. A founder of the Rhino Reality Project initiated by the Wildlife ACT Fund, Galeo will share his first hand experiences of this unique adventure and give insightful examples of the reality that the world's rhino face. The slideshow and talk will take a journey through the history of Africa's rhino and the challenges faced by conservation today in securing their valued future.

Tickets to this fascinating talk will cost R230 per person and will include lunch at Reuben's offering the Save the Rhino set menu with wine pairings from Linton Park.

POIGNANT REMINDERS

While the plight of the rhinos remains a focus for many, staying focused is the challenge that organisations such as Save the Rhino face. Guests and visitors to the resort are encouraged to purchase a Save the Rhino bracelet or necklace, exclusively made and designed for the organisation by jewellery brand Joya. The jewellery will be on sale in One&Only Cape Town's exclusive fashion boutique NEO and once again, a percentage of the proceeds will be directed towards this cause.

One&Only Cape Town has also arranged for wildlife photography expert Shem Compion, owner of photographic safari company C4 Images and Safaris, to curate an exhibition of photographs of rhinos and other wild animals taken in their natural surrounds of the African bushveld. All canvas prints will be for sale with a percentage of all proceeds going towards Wildlife ACT Fund.

Guests will be encouraged to get involved in this focus on saving the rhino by making cash donations, booking a place at the Galeo Saintz talk, enjoying a set Save the Rhino menu at Reuben's, purchasing canvas photographic prints or some jewellery. Whatever way people choose to get involved, each and every gesture and action will go towards raising funds to fight the essential battle to save one of Africa's most revered wild animals.

For further enquiries and bookings, call (27) (21) 431 4511 or email

restaurant.reservations@oneandonlycapetown.com.

Image of Rhino is property of Shem Compion.


 

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