More than meets the eye
Updated: Jun 9, 2020
Silluwe Safaris - Invested in the conservation of fauna and flora
Each year Jacques Winterbach exhibit at various annual Expo's around the world, showcasing our beautiful country and the trophies to be hunted. Photos and videos portraying the giraffe leisurely picking the tippy-top leaves of the Knobthorn; the majestic sable strolling in the golden waves of the Smutsvinger grasslands; the buffalo proudly holding his head high, sniffing the air, intrigued by the sweet smells carried on dawn’s breeze. These picturesque frames of space and time cannot be detached from the greater tapestry of combined efforts that has deliberately and carefully woven it together in the first place.
"We have a responsibility towards this magnificent world that we call home" says Outfitter/PH Jacques Winterbach. We have to sow so much more than we reap, even though our country is a grateful one. A few drops of rain transforms the bone dry sand of Namaqualand into an endless colorful explosion of daisies. When spring is sprung upon the harsh bushveld, the fragile little impala fawn can be found hidden in the shrubs, not-yet-ready to face all the dangers of the wild, but doing so nonetheless.
It is up to us, homo sapiens, to nurture and care for all that surrounds us. Sometimes strolling hand in hand with mother nature, and sometimes getting down in the dirt to reverse all that has gone wrong. If we neglect this calling, we miss the whole purpose of life, we miss being part of the bigger picture and leaving a legacy for our children’s children. It is with this ideology that the Schütte’s have been successful in multiple businesses, but always with their roots firmly planted in biodiversity. Siluwe Safaris is a part of the Schütte Family Legacy, who is passionately involved in a variety of conservation projects. Our most recent accomplishment being the re-introduction of the gemsbok, springbok and Hartsmann mountain zebra to Namaqualand in the Northern Cape.
SANPark.org states that “The animals that historically occurred in the (Namaqualand) area and which are now locally extinct include elephant, black rhino, lion, cheetah, wild dog, eland, red hartebeest, gemsbok, springbok and Hartmann's mountain zebra.”
22 May 2020 was a proud day for the Schüttes to see the lively zebra’s galloping once again in their original landscape. We’re grateful for the day the first springbok fawn was born in the same dust their ancestors roamed many many years ago. Subtly yet magically announcing the recovery of a lost generation, excited that the red hartbees will follow shortly. We’re adamant about conservation, and we’re not stopping until we’ve also restored the Diceros bicornis (Black Rhino. With an estimate of only 5500 Black Rhino’s left in the world, we are focusing efforts in the fight not only to avoid extinction, but to assure they thrive.
33 000 Acres of Namaqualand territory is being rehabilitated, 200km’s of pipeline have been installed, water holes built at strategical points and 500 indigenous trees have been planted. 50 000 nutrition-rich spekboom shrubberies are growing in our nursery and will be planted before the end of 2020, while we’re working on making 5 000 000 more spekboom cuttings. It is a timeous and costly process to re-establish the habitat to sustain the Black Rhino. Once we have that sustainable habitat in place, Northern Cape Conservation will provide the permits to relocate these regal animals. What a wonderful day that will be!
It is with the grace of God, hard work of dedicated people and with their intense love of the land that this dream is becoming a reality. Frans Schütte, CEO of Siluwe Safaris say “It is against all odds, taking small steps at a time, that we’ll make a difference”.