Big Game Parks 2015/16 Festive Season Procedures

family of logosHlane Royal National Park and Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary welcome day visitors over the Christmas season.  We encourage enjoyment of our parks in a responsible manner with respect to wildlife and fellow guests.  EcoTourism is about a quality nature experience.  Big Game Parks is about making memorable experiences in nature available to local, regional and international guests.  We do not condone noisy and disrespectful behavior.  Our parks are here to be enjoyed by all who visit, which means safety, respect, courtesy and sobriety are important.

Due to the high levels of disturbance and numerous refunds paid to unhappy overnight guests over Christmas 2014, our parks will be following a very strict procedure this festive season.

  • For the safety and enjoyment of all, the “No Alcohol Permitted” rule will be enforced vigorously throughout the holiday season
  • Every vehicle will be searched on entry to both Hlane and Mlilwane. Vehicles with alcohol will be turned away and denied access into the park.
  • No alcohol may be left at our gates.
  • Anyone arriving intoxicated or suspected of being under the influence of intoxicating substances will be turned away. Our Rangers have full discretion.
  • Day Visitors will be required to leave the Rest Camp by 17h00 between 20 December and 5 January
  • Security will be deployed in the camps and have the authority to search picnics and any alcohol found being off-loaded will result in the vehicle and its passengers being evicted without refund
  • The number of Day Visitor vehicles allowed into the parks will be restricted on 25th December, 26th December and 1st Notices will be erected at the turn off when capacity is reached.  Big Game Parks reserves the right to restrict entry during Peak Season.
  • Conservation (entry) fees will be as follows:
    • E40,00 per adult & E20 per child during High Season (18-24 Dec & 28-30 Dec)
    • E60,00 per adult & E30 per child during Peak Season (25-27 Dec & 31 Dec-3 Jan) – Restricted access applies
    • Normal Rates apply through the rest of the months of December and January, with exception of the above dates
    • Wild Cards will be accepted as normal, without premium fare
    • Pre-bookings for overnight guests as per our forecast will be charged normal Conservation Fees, including pay on arrival
    • Pre-paid Christmas Lunch bookings in the Hippo Haunt and Hlane Restaurants will be charged normal Conservation Fees. Pre-bookings without payment will be charged peak season rates. 

Wishing all our guests a fabulous Festive Season!

To book contact our Central Reservations Office on +268 2528 3943 or email reservations@biggameparks.org

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Notice of Change of Normal Rates

BGP logoPlease note that from the 1st of December 2015 our rates  on all accommodation and activities will change to 2015/2016 rates. For more information on rates visit our website at www.biggameparks.org or email our Central Reservations at reservations@biggameparks.org

WWF Launches NOVEL CHI CAMPAIGN in Vietnam on World Rhino Day

ChiWWF-SA Rhino Programme Manager, Dr Jo Shaw announced the launch of their new behavior change campaign, strategically aimed at the new users of rhino horn.  She stated “It is imperative to work along the entire illicit supply chain, from rhino to consumer if we hope to win the war.”  A lot of work has been done along this chain, but the demand continues to spike.

13 South African rhino were poached in 2007.  In 2013, 1004 rhino were poached.  On 11th September 2014, South Africa’s Department of Environmental Affairs announced 769 rhino had been poached this year. Novel Chi means “Power Comes From Our Will”.  Chi is Power or Strength.  The campaign is a collaborative effort conducted by WWF-SA, TRAFFIC and PSI, a social marketing group with experience in behavior change.  It is based on intense research into the behavior of rhino horn users and the various approaches taken to date. 

“Experience has now shown that positive messaging coming from within the target group is the most powerful way to change behavior,” says Shaw.

Images of rhino carcasses and mutilated rhino have little impact.  Appeals for the rhino as a species have little impact.  Targeting the emotional motivators driving the new age user – Vietnamese men aged 35–50 – is essential.  This group is highly susceptible to admiration within their peer groups and business circles.  Business success, social standing and lifestyle are most valued.  Rhino horn has become evidence of wealth, elevated social status and is a highly prized corporate gift, all leading to the recent spike in horn demand.

More concerning are the “Intenders” group.  These are young urban men eager to climb the social ladder quickly, are hugely money conscious and aspirational.  They mimic the behavior of their seniors in order to gain social recognition.  As they can afford horn, they enter the market.   A rapid growth in purchasing power in Asian economies has increased the pressure on rhino.  This “intenders” group indicates a potential 300 – 400% growth in horn market. The traditional medicinal use of horn has remained relatively constant and is now a small percentage. 

It is essential to target behavior change within the current social and corporate users, reduce aspiration and therefore demand.  The campaign appeals to this market through strong messages linked to strong aspirational images that depict the target audience – businessmen in suits.  This is a complete divergence from traditional conservation messaging.

This campaign is part of WWF-SA’s 5-point approach:

  1. Building resilient rhino populations
  2. Developing community buffers around rhino conservation areas
  3. Supporting Forensic and Judicial chain
  4. Support National Policies in rhino range states
  5. Curb trade and demand

 

 

Big Game Parks wishes WWF-SA, TRAFFIC and PSI every success in this campaign.

http://www.wwf.org.za/what_we_do/rhino_programme/?12061/Chi-campaign-launch

@biggameparks

22nd September is World Rhino Day

RhinosX5-638x531World Rhino Day is on September 22 and celebrates all five species of rhino: Black, white, greater one-horned, Sumatran and Javan rhinos.

World Rhino Day was first announced by WWF-South Africa in 2010. In 2011, World Rhino Day grew into an international success, encompassing both African and Asian rhino species and becoming a celebration for all five rhino species – Black, White, Sumatran, Indian and Jarvan. World Rhino Day has since grown to become a global phenomenon, uniting NGOs, zoos, cause-related organizations, businesses, and concerned individuals from nearly every corner of the world!

The Sumatran rhinoceros is also the smallest rhino and the oldest living land mammal on earth.  No more than 200 animals survive in small, isolated forest fragments in Indonesia and Malaysia.  There are probably less than 50 Javan rhino in the wild.  The disappearance of rhino in Asia puts greater pressure on African rhino.  Likewise, decrease in African rhino numbers increases the threat to Swazi rhino.

While illegal trade in horn continues to grow, so does the support for live rhino.  The world is becoming outraged as this flagship species fast-tracks to extinction – rhino conservation is both a race against time and poses an urgent need to reset our human mindset.  The criminal syndicates involved in rhino poaching have been likened to terrorists.  Their modus operandi mirrors that of terrorist models, putting law enforcers and innocent citizens at risk. There is no scientifically proven beneficial use of horn, meaning the more than 730 rhino slaughtered this year have died for greed and frivolous status alone.

Many dedicated people and organisations are doing great work to conserve the rhino.  However, there are also many who have jumped on the bandwagon.  When supporting rhino conservation, research is required to ensure your support makes a real difference on the ground.

 Big  Game Parks is participating in the first ever World Youth Rhino Summit in KZN this year.  100 young conservation-savvy youth between 15-17 years from 30 countries worldwide will gather in iMfolozi Game Reserve.  Together with educators and conservationists, they will address the rhino crisis and possible solutions.  Big Game Parks CEO, Ted Reilly and Hlane’s Warden, George Mbatha will attend as a Rhino Elders, accompanied by selected youth from Swazi communities.

Follow Big Game Parks this week on facebook and twitter @biggameparks to find out the latest trends in rhino conservation.  Get involved, have your say!

Curio Shop Closure Notice

 

Mlilwane Curio Shop
Mlilwane Curio Shop

Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary Curio Shop  will be closed  from the 02 December 2013 till 04 December 2013 for maintenance. We apologise for any inconvinience caused.

For further information and enquiries you can contact our reservations office:
• Call: +268 2528 3943
• Email: reservations@biggameparks.org
• Visit: www.biggameparks.org/mlilwane

BGP Central Reservations Office Phone and Emails Down – Emergency Contact Numbers

Due to severe storms in Swaziland recently, BGP’s Central Reservations’ telephone lines and emails are operating very intermittently. For emergency assistance, please contact us on +268 2528 3943 (landline)or +268 7618 1266 (mobile).

Alternatively, visit www.biggameparks.org for online booking options.

Image Courtesy of Darron Raw, Swazi Trails