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BRIAN JONES

Brian is the Manager of Moholoholo. After forty years in the industry, he is still very much hands-on.

His repertoire of soothing burbles and grunts soothes this baby white rhino- not the first time that he has been surrogate Mom!

One of the first people to hand rear baby rhino, Brian looked after five youngsters simultaneously at one stage.

He recalls how the boisterous youngsters would bash his shins, leading him to pad his legs with pillows in an attempt to cut down on the bruising.

Later, he resorted to taking shelter in a large empty fuel drum that had the ends cut out, using it as a portable suit of armour when he entered the rhino enclosure.

In the beginning the young rhino used to stay with Brian in his house, sleeping in his bed. When the first rhino was joined by a second, the bed collapsed and Brian was forced to make a new bed on the floor.

House training of rhinos was also an issue, and a rhino ‘potty’ was always at hand, ready for the first rhino that lifted its tail.

Brian was also involved in the relocation of the first four white rhino to the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, and in the translocation of almost 100 animals from Umfolozi.

Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre

Moholoholo is a centre for the rehabilitation of injured and poisoned wild animals and birds rescued from across South Africa. Many are also orphaned in the wild.

Wildlife is cared for with a view to returning it to nature. The centre is open to the public, and the daily tours offer a fascinating insight into the process of rescuing animals, as well as raising much needed funds for the charity through the modest entrance fee charged (around R90).


Moholoholo provides a chance to observe a wide range of magnificent species close-up, and particularly good photographic opportunities. On occasion you may be invited to don a raptor handler's glove and have a majestic bird of prey land on your arm (or head!).

It is particularly strong on the rescue of raptors and vultures. As you drive into the reserve, you are greeted by a plethora of spectacular Marabou storks at the perimeter of the Rescue Centre itself.


Part of Moholoholo's mission is to educate, and it is a fantastic family day trip: kids love it!. It is also an important local breeding facility. The team has successfully bred and released into the wild the endangered Crowned Eagle and Serval amongst others.


As Serval breeding suggests, Moholoholo also plays an important role in the rehabilitation of mammals. There are usually wild dog, cheetah, lion and leopard here in the enclosures on display to the public. You may also have the chance to see some rare nocturnal animals such as Honey Badgers (Ratel).


Tours take place twice-daily from Monday to Saturday. They normally depart at 09h30 and 15h00, but you will need to confirm these times before you travel. Holiday weekends and Limpopo Province school holidays also see the Centre open on Sunday afternoons. Again, please call to confirm arrangements and availability before you travel.

As the tour takes up to 2.5 hours, be aware (particularly in Winter) that you may be leaving close to sunset, so wish may to stay close by.


If you would like to include a visit to the Centre as part of a Kruger2Canyons.com Safari, please feel free to mention it when you enquire.

TESTIMONIAL

We had an absolutely fantastic time! Everything was better than we could have ever expected. Kim made amazing meals, and was very accommodating of my gluten-intolerance. 

Kjell and Primi were very knowledgeable on the drives. We saw the big five and numerous other animals and interesting fauna.

The accommodation was perfect; nice and clean. In addition to the drives, Craig took us on a trip to Moholoholo which we thoroughly enjoyed as well. 

All in all, just a fantastic experience that we couldn’t recommend enough to others. Hilary and I still think of it often, and we definitely plan to return one day.

Thank you for all your help with the booking.

James, Australia
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