SANParks Honorary Ranger reaches 1 000km on 6 000km cycle journey in aid of rhinos

Cape Town - It's one thing to cycle through 19 of South Africa's National Parks in aid of Rhinos, but to keep going through heatwave conditions is another - Honorary ranger Wayne Bolton is as determined as ever.  

Last month, Bolton began an adventure of a lifetime - cycling right around the country in support of the fight against rhino poaching.

Currently in the second week of the expedition, Bolton's 6 000km, 80 days cycling escapade to all 19 National Parks in SA began will end in February 2016 in Addo Elephant National Park.

On Tuesday, 8 December, Bolton reached the 1 000km mark of his journey.

He posted a photo (below) to his One Land Love It Expedition Facebook page, saying "An innocuous looking spot but this marks 1 000km completed of 6 000kms! Thanks to my family friends and new friends for helping me do this #CareforWild and #Sanparks staff, and all others involved in conservation, hats off to you! Wayne."

Bolton kicked off the two-month-long cycle in the Kruger National Park on 28 November.

He arrived in Mapungubwe National Park on 29 November, and in Marakele National Park four days later, on 3 December.

His communications manager Steven Lancaster told Traveller24 that although Wayne is well on track, he suffered in the incredibly hot conditions up north. "He is riding through a heat wave, and there are a few health concerns that comes with that. But he is holding up very well."

Bolton posted to Facebook saying, it "has been a tough 1 000km given the heat wave, but I'm as determined as ever. For the sake of something that means a lot to me - our natural heritage".

His next stop will be in the Golden Gate Highlands National Park where he is expected to arrive on 10 December, before continuing to other national parks.

From there, Lancaster says he will head back up north towards the trans-frontier national parks in Botswana and Namibia.

Bolton's wife Nikki, who is also an honorary ranger for SANParks, and other family members are in a support vehicle driving alongside him.

Bolton carries with him a scroll of unity which he presents to Park management upon arrival in their parks to sign in support of the cause. He is collecting funds for SANParks Honorary Rangers' and Care for Wild Africa, a rhino orphanage in Nelspruit. 

Bolton is one of South African National Parks' Honorary Rangers from Addo Elephant National Park. 

On his One Land - Love It website, Bolton says he "believes that our National Parks serve as the custodian of the natural heritage of all South Africans, Africans and indeed, the international community.

"The well-publicised slaughter of our Rhino is the thin edge of the wedge – if we don’t stop it now, the elephant and lion will follow...

"We are at a tipping point and need to do something about it."

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