Buckingham Palace is mum on exactly what day his trip begins, but what’s definite is that Britain’s Prince Harry is due to arrive in Africa any minute now to spend three months working on conservation and anti-poaching projects.
According to an official Palace statement, HRH Harry will work on “front-line conservation projects in southern Africa,” where “he will learn about environmental education programs and see up close the importance of linking the long-term future of southern Africa’s wildlife with the sustainable development of the communities who live alongside the wildlife.”
His itinerary includes four countries: Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania and Botswana. Projects he will be involved in include joining a team of rangers responding to poaching, and working for three weeks alongside the top veterinarian in southern Africa. Neither the Palace nor the Prince himself have released any further details on his trip.
The prince, who is fifth in line to the throne, has lots of time on his hands to do such a trip, since he just retired from his career in the Army after 10 years.
Prince Harry has long been interested in Africa. He first visited in 1997 with his father, Prince Charles, on an official visit to Tanzania, Swaziland, Lesotho and South Africa. He returned to Lesotho in 2003 and worked with orphans affected by AIDS and poverty. He later set up the charity Sentebale, which funds projects that support vulnerable children in Lesotho.