Post script… northern Serengeti, Tanzania
Witnessing black rhino in one of Africa’s most famous national parks is seriously special, especially because it is one of the few places where you can view these creatures in such an open habitat. Usually, rhino sightings go hand in hand with thick or dense bush because of the species’ poor eyesight – but not so in the Serengeti. Although sightings are rare, if guests do spot black rhino in this area, they are looking at some of the most expensive animals in the world, just standing in the open.
The Serengeti’s peak population of more than 1,000 rhino dropped to only 2 in just 50 years. This shocking devastation led to the launch of a multimillion-dollar relocation programme backed by the Grumeti Fund. Now, thanks to GPS chips, highly vigilant guards, and specially trained rangers, guests are starting to see rhino in the Serengeti again, in a heralding of the costly efforts of the last decade.
Recommended lodge: Serengeti Safari Camp is a tented mobile camp that changes location based on the wildebeest migration. However, viewing hundreds of thousands of wildebeest is not the only game-spotting activity available. On daily drives in this part of the northern Serengeti, guests can enjoy sightings of herds of elephant, countless big cats, and the occasional millionaire rhino.