The Rhinos are coming to Cape Town

The Rhinos are coming to Cape Town

And you’ll find them on street corners, wine farms and dotted around small towns in the Western Cape. Here’s why…

Have you heard? The Rhinos are Coming… But, they won’t be running rampant across our magnificent peninsula. Instead, they’ll be making a very strong visual appearance across the city, surrounding towns and wine farms very soon.

The Rhinos are Coming is a wonderful initiative that raises funds and awareness for these endangered creatures by auctioning life-sized rhino sculptures that have been specially designed for the cause.

Blank (rhino) canvasses

Over the next few months – leading up to the start of the exhibition in December – 100 or more life-size, vividly decorated rhinos will be carefully designed and embellished by local and international artists and businesses, who have thrown their talents and money behind this moving initiative. Further sponsors are being sought to pay for the making and painting these artworks.

Some of the participating artists include Lionel Smit,  Beezy Bailey, New York-born Andrew Hart Adler, award-winning Zimbabwean wildlife artist, Peter Gray, among many others.

As each life-size creation has been completed, it will be placed in a prominent location around the peninsula.

First thing’s first

The official launch of The Grand Rhino Roadshow takes place on Thursday, 6 April in an exciting First Thursday event that will see eight rhinos doing a float tour of greater Cape Town, over a two-month period.
Then, in mid-December, once all the rhinos have been painted, the start of the Outdoor Art Exhibition will begin, just in time for the busy summer season, ending in mid-March 2018.


At the beginning of the exhibition, an online auction will be launched. When the exhibition is over, in April 2018, there will be a gala auction of 20 or so rhino sculptures – all the proceeds of which will go to

If you want to really get behind this wonderful initiative, you can sponsor a rhino, and show your support and admiration for the exhibition (and later, gala auction).

The wide list of sponsors and notable partners includes One&Only Cape Town, City of Cape Town, Alphen Boutique Hotel, Radisson Hotels & Resorts, Cape Town Tourism, and Stop Rhino Poaching and Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel, among others.

Freshly Rhino’d

And don’t miss the Rhino Disharmony Concert, taking place at St Cyprian’s School in Gardens on 20 April. Internationally renowned Chinese pianist, Tian Jiang, will be accompanied by other musicians, including Zolani Mahola of Freshlyground and Cape Town-based cellist/guitarist Robert Jeffery. SA cartoonist and Rhino Disharmony Artist Ambassador Zapiro will do some live drawing, with other mixed-medium art on display – including eight elaborately painted rhinos from Rhinos are Coming.


The Inside Guide has made every effort to ensure that the information in this post was correct at the time of publication. However, we do not assume any liability caused by errors, such as price, cost, time, and location.

Time of publication: 29 March 2017

2 Responses to “The Rhinos are coming to Cape Town”

  1. Magdalena Simon

    Good afternoon, I live in Paarl and I will not be able to make it to Cape Town this afternoon for the launch of the Grand Rhino Roadshow. Where will I be able to see the rhinos in the next few days? Still at the Greenmarket Square?

  2. Anna Morris

    The launch of the Grand Rhino Roadshow will take place in GREENMARKET SQUARE on Thursday 6 April from 5:30 to 7:00 pm. All are welcome!


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