Mrs South Africa runs for rhinos


Nicole Capper recently did her bit to raise more than R300 000 for rhino and vulture conservation. As Mrs South Africa 2018, this beauty conquered another‘rare heights’ challenge by summiting the Rhino Peak in the Southern Drakensberg on World Rhino Day on September 22.

The Rhino Peak Challenge tests the endurance of the fittest athletes through a gruelling 21km event and influencers are invited to do their bit for conservation.

Having never participated in a fundraising climb for endangered species, Capper decided to grab the opportunity. “I am passionate about our heritage and this beautiful country, and I use the outdoors as my training ground for my rare heights training,” says Capper. “It is only right that I give back and help draw attention to this incredible initiative.”

Mrs South Africa running in the Drakensberg
Image by Khumbula Images

Adventurer and motivational speaker Sibusiso Vilane roped Capper into the race as part of their preparation ahead of the 2019 Everest Marathon, an event they are doing together. But Capper is no stranger to gruelling challenges. Kilimanjaro, Cathedral Peak, Rhino Peak and Mafadi are just some of the most beautiful climbs on her list. Mafadi, the highest point in South Africa, is generally planned as a three-day hike. Together with her 9 Peaks Challenge team, they did it in 26 hours without sleep. “It was empowering knowing just how hard I could push my body and now it has opened my mind to what is possible. It was definitely one of the highest points in my life.” 

Funds raised through the Rhino Peak Challenge were donated to the Rhino Conservation Project, the Maloti Drakensberg Vulture Project, Wildlife ACT and the Drakensberg Crane Project.

Written by René de Klerk

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