AWARD-WINNING professional guide, Samuel Nkomo rounded up his 500km rhino awareness campaign walk at Victoria Falls municipality grounds on Saturday.
Nkomo started the walk from the Matopos National Park on September 14, which included walking around the surrounding villages and suburbs.
After the World Rhino Day celebrations on September 22, more than 15 people braved the chilly weather to join Nkomo on part of his walk, as he left the Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo statue close to the Bulawayo Main Post Office.
Speaking to Southern Eye, Nkomo said he was grateful to all who helped the walk be a success.
“The walk was amazing and I would like to thank the chairman of the walk, Gail Sandra Amyot for her tireless work. I would like to thank the committee for making the walk a success. I had great support from motorists and villagers who provided me with food and water,” he said.
“I managed to engage more than 10 000 school pupils and villagers. Of the 10 000 people I met, only 20 had seen a rhino and 200 had been to the national parks.
“Most of them had no idea about wildlife and how important it is, hence I took time to educate them.”
Victoria Falls mayor Nkosilathi Jiyane and some residents received Nkomo in the resort town at the completion of his walk.
Throughout the walk, Nkomo was supported by Parks and Wildlife Management Authority and armed rangers.