Conservation of habitat and species at Jock Safari Lodge runs in the blood of all our staff.
The JEMU team (Jock Environmental Monitoring Unit) are in the veld daily, monitoring the area for suspicious activity or possible poaching threats, working hand in hand with SANParks to protect the critically endangered rhino. When the opportunity arose to raise awareness for these beautiful animals via an extreme race, our team jumped at the chance to participate.
The Mac Mac Ultra is an extreme athletes race held in a historical area in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa and the site of the country’s earliest gold rush. It is an event hosted by Fresh Trails. Athletes run on challenging trails and can choose to do 100 miles, 50 miles or 46 kilometres through beautiful but extreme terrains.
Partnering with our sister property Sanbona Wildlife Reserve, located in the Western Cape, we saw three athletes participate in the Mac Mac Ultra 2019. Raymond Mentoor and Mondray Edwardes (APU scouts from Sanbona) bravely took on the 50 mile race, and Julie Bryden (friend of Jock) tackled the 46 kilometre challenge. All finishing with incredible times. Fresh Trails waived the race entry fees for the runners.
Jock and Sanbona also offered the winners of the ultra-extreme 100 mile race the opportunity to enjoy a well-deserved 2-night stay at both of our properties to recuperate. We would like to congratulate Ruan van der Merwe and Nicky Booyens respectively on winning this incredible prize.
And of course, no race would be complete without a lively and motivating check point stop to refuel. Jock hosted a check point along the course, led by our own David van Zyl, winning “Best Checkpoint” of the event.
Under the ownership of a conservation focused organisation, the Caleo Foundation was excited to be a part of raising awareness for our wildlife, sponsoring the Sanbona team’s clothing, flights, transfers and accommodation. Small steps can make a difference and we salute our athletes who ran for more than 18 hours just to highlight this importance of preservation.
After the race, Mondray and Raymond headed to Jock Safari Lodge, to team up with our rangers working in the Intensive Protection Zone around the Jock concession in the Kruger National Park. Sharing knowledge and learning from one another help both reserves protect wildlife more effectively.
|Jock Safari Lodge’s “Best Checkpoint” of the event.||One of the beautiful but grueling mountain routes.||Well deserved celebrations after the race.|