Nature lovers will this Sunday walk 15 kilometres to raise awareness and funds for an environmental conservation organisation that focuses on the Cape Vulture in Otse.
Organised by Y Care, the walk is intended to help Cape Vulture Environmental Association in its mandate of raising awareness for the threatened avians.
The walk will start early morning at Camphill Garden Centre in Otse, which is along Lobatse Road, on your left side. It is expected to take between two and three hours.
“From Gaborone, drive south on the Lobatse road towards Lobatse, pass the Boatle/Ramotswa junction, pass Mogobane/ Police College junction on your right and continue to the Garden centre on your left side just after left turn into Otse. Distance: Game City circle – Garden Centre, 45 km,” reads a stament from the organisation.
These vultures nest at Manyelanong Game Reserve, at the top of the rock face of Manyelanong Hill.
At the game reserve, there will be a guided tour and bird viewing (Vultures), the organisers have revealed. Binoculars will be available.
“At the Camphill Garden Centre we will gather, relax and have a guided tour around the Centre before we hand over donations from the walkers to Cape Vulture Environmental Association. The guide on our walk is Benjamin from Cape Vulture Environmental Association in Otse. You will not participate in the walk unless you are medically fit on the day of the walk and that, in any event, you will participate at your own risk. You agree to abide by any decisions of a walk coordinator relative to your ability to safely complete the walk. You assume all risks associated with walking in this walk including, but not limited to, falls, the effect of the weather, including high heat or humidity, traffic and the condition of the road, all such risks being known and appreciated by you. You accept that the organiser, sponsors, partners will not be liable for any loss, damage, action, claim, costs or expenses, which may arise in consequence of your participation in the walk. In consideration of the safety of all walk participants, no baby joggers, baby strollers, dogs, bicycles, will be allowed in walk,” reads the statement.
Of late, vultures have become some of the most threatened birds in Botswana as poachers poison them.