Jamie Rides for Rhinos

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We have uplifting news! Endurance athlete Jamie Marais completed a super-human challenge at Kariega Game Reserve on 29 & 30 August 2020 as a heroic gesture to raise funds to protect our rhino and feed our neighbours in need.

The Kariega Foundation invites you to join Jamie and make a difference to the lives of South African people and wildlife who are facing huge challenges. In Jamie’s words: “No giant is too big to face.”

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Record-breaking South African endurance athlete Jamie Marais cycled a vertical ascent of 9,000 metres in just 36 hours on 29 and 30 August 2020 within Kariega Game Reserve. This is the equivalent of riding more than the height of Everest and 337 km in one go.

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Support this Epic and Worthy Ride of a Lifetime

Support Jamie’s momentous effort by making a donation or starting a fundraising campaign of your own to help us achieve our equally massive crowdfunding target of raising R1 million to ensure our rhino remain safe and neighbours fed.

All funds raised through #jamierides4rhinos will go directly to the Kariega Foundation for the rhino anti-poaching unit and community food relief programme.

Please email us on foundation@kariega.co.za if you would like to know more.

Make a Donation

Click the link below to make a credit card donation via our GivenGain payment platform or use the below details to make a direct deposit.

GivenGain is a secure third party website that offers a range of currency and payment options. Funds raised are automatically transferred into the Kariega Foundation #jamierides4rhinos project.

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First National Bank (or FirstRand Bank)
Account No: 62275606526
Branch: Newton Park
Branch code: 261050
Bank Head Office Address:
FNB Bank City,
Simmonds Street,
Johannesburg, 2000
Reference: Yourname_Jamie

If you’re a South African taxpayer or the organisation on whose behalf the donation is being made is a South African taxpayer, please email Cindy on marketing1@kariega.co.za to request your 18A tax exemption certificate.

Start a Fundraiser on our Behalf

Become an activist and support the #jamierides4rhinos event by starting your own linked fundraising campaign. We have the tools and support you need to inspire your friends and family to support you. Fundraising examples are: dyeing your hair, running or cycling somewhere, staying in bed, donating your birthday or wedding – anything! Here are the simple steps to start fundraising:

  1. Click GivenGain to get started.
  2. For quick sign-up, click to login with Facebook or Google. Alternatively, add your details to register.
  3. Enter the details to create your fundraising page.
  4. You’re ready to go! Let us know so that we can support you.
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The Man on the Bike: Jamie Marais

In August 2016, Jamie Marais made history by becoming the first and only known person to speed-summit Cape Town’s iconic Table Mountain 22 times in 28 hours over two days. Ascending more than 16,000 vertical meters his purpose was to raise funds for the Sabrina Love Foundation. This was the first in an ongoing series of solo ultra-endurance challenges, each of which took place in a dangerous setting with intensely challenging physical objectives, and natural threats.

As a teenager, Jamie overcame his own giant of substance abuse and believes that sport and hard training changed his life and gave him a reason for living, as told in his autobiography “Determination”.

Jamie believes that "exercise can literally save your life and the body follows where the mind leads." Jamie inspires people to believe in themselves and face the giants in their lives through motivational talks about the life-changing power of sport and the secrets of accessing superhuman strength. Click here for speaking enquiries.

A Message from the Kariega Family

Our sustainable ecotourism enterprise is a delicate balance between commercial stability, community collaboration, wildlife management and conservation. Along with our Kariega Foundation, we have created support for our people, animals and environment for over 30 years.

Covid-19 has decimated tourism in South Africa. With a zero revenue and no financial aid from government many privately owned game reserves, like Kariega, are needing support to stay strong and survive. If we don’t survive what will become of the animals we protect and the people we serve?

The Kariega family remain unwavering in our resolve to keep the animals protected, particularly rhino, and ensure that our staff and rural neighbours are supported through this Covid-19 crisis and beyond.

In March 2012, when three rhino at Kariega were simultaneously poached for their horns, we learnt in a very humbling and tangible way that conservation is a team sport. After the poaching we sent out a call for help to save a rhino called Thandi who was fighting for her life. The world responded, and thanks to the support that flowed from all corners of the earth, we succeeded! Thandi recovered and became the first rhino to survive a poaching attack. Thandi continues to amaze us and has gone on to gift us three calves, Thembi, Colin and Mthetho. Our collaborative efforts were worth it.

Now, feeling battered and bruised, we draw inspiration from Thandi’s story. With creativity, positivity, collaboration and your help we will survive… and succeed to keep our animals and endangered species protected, and the people we care for supported. The alternative is not an option.

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