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At heart, I’m a trail runner, an adventure racer, and a staunch supporter of conservation efforts. By profession, I am the Managing Director of a dynamic media services company and a co-owner of the Karkloof Trail Series. My life revolves around a profound love for the outdoors, fitness and adventure, I also have a geek-level of enthusiasm for sports nutrition.

My decision to run in the Babanango Edition stems from a deep-seated admiration for three things that resonate with my core: trail running, the majestic beauty of the bushveld, and an unwavering respect for the rangers who stand as guardians of our wildlife.
This event is a unique opportunity to combine these passions, contributing to the welfare and safety of our rangers while doing what I love most.
My journey through the world of trail and adventure racing has been nothing short of thrilling. A few highlights include:
Sharing the triumph of 1st place at The Beast 100km Trail Race and being the official 1st lady.
Conquering the night as the Shared 1st Lady in The Ice Queen 50km Night Race.
Claiming the title of 1st Lady in the Mac Mac 50miler Trail Race, among other notable achievements.
Venturing into the realm of adventure racing, where my team and I have navigated through the challenges of Expedition Africa Lesotho 500km, Expedition Africa Cape St Francis, and endured the Vasbyt Expedition 100hr Race, to name a few.
This run is a personal one for me as I’ve had the honour of serving as an honorary ranger in the Kruger National Park, witnessing firsthand the critical work our rangers and their beautiful dogs do. Moreover, my brother’s involvement in anti-poaching units in the Limpopo and Mpumalanga regions were a source of inspiration. His bravery and commitment to protecting our wildlife deeply influenced my own commitment to this cause.
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Run For Lives – Megan’s Run For Rangers


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Babanango Game Reserve, located in the heart of Zululand, Kwazulu-Natal, is a showcase for one of the most ambitious rewilding projects in Southern Africa in recent years. Set among the breathtaking topography of the upper White Umfolozi River Valley, the reserve occupies a vast wilderness area of over 20,000 hectares that is steeped in Zulu history and layered upon geological features that date back to the beginning of time. The rugged mountains and valleys provide refuge for an extraordinary diversity of birds, plants, insects, reptiles, and mammals, including the elusive aardvark and aardwolf.

Visitors to Babanango Game Reserve can be assured of an unrivalled safari experience due to highly knowledgeable guides and a range of activities to choose from. Significant historical battle sites, such as Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift, are located close by.

Project Rhino was launched on World Rhino Day, 22 September 2011. It is a rhino-focussed association that brings together a provincial government conservation body, private and community-owned reserves, rhino owners, leading conservation NGOs and anti-poaching security specialists in the common aim of fighting wildlife crime.

Together with South Africa’s Kruger National Park, Project Rhino member reserves are collectively responsible for the protection of the world’s largest rhino population, as well as the most genetically diverse white rhino population. Devastatingly, our rhino have become a target for highly organised poaching rings and crime syndicates, fuelled largely by an ongoing and unfounded demand by traditional Eastern medicine. Rhino numbers have plummeted – more than 8,000 have been lost in RSA in the last decade – whilst the costs of keeping the remaining populations safe have increased astronomically.

Project Rhino initiatives range from urgent anti-poaching and wildlife crime interventions to a long-term outlook focused on developing empowered communities who own, manage and protect the Conservation Economy.

Project Rhino’s Four Pillars of Support

The Project Rhino platform ensures that efforts to protect white and black rhino populations are coherent and avoids duplication of work. It collaborates with anti-poaching and wildlife economy initiatives throughout southern Africa to share strategies and best practices. Project Rhino follows a four-pronged approach:

Co-ordination Unit: The team that keeps the engines running: 1) mobilising stakeholders; 2) gathering and synthesising anti-poaching intelligence; 3) prioritising needs; and 4) sourcing funds and donations. Without effective coordination, we would see a disjointed and dysfunctional response to wildlife crime – resulting in higher poaching numbers.

Ranger and Technical Support: Direct training equipment support to rangers, anti-poaching technologies, dehorning interventions, equipping, and supporting the K9 and Equine units, and the ZAP-Wing aerial surveillance unit, including the lease and support costs of the airfield at Hluhluwe, northern KZN.

Wildlife Youth & Leadership Development (WYLD): Interaction and education of youth and wildlife communities through Rhino (Wild) Art, Youth Camps, Leadership Forums, World Youth Wildlife Summit and others. Helping to build our current and future conservation champions through supportive platforms.

Conservation Economy and Enterprise: Supporting livelihoods by building a network of responsible use landscapes that provide opportunities for local job creation and small business development, including permaculture food gardens.