A New Breed of Technology

In the fight for the survival of a many species. We had to develop high-tech solutions that work to give ground teams an advantage that counts.

About Us

How this project took to the skies

Tihlo Henhla is the Tsonga word for “Eye Above” and that is exactly what this project is all about. By giving those involved in the monumental fight against poaching an “eye in the sky” we are giving them a fighting chance to even the odds in order to effectively protect iconic and endangered species.

Just a small height advantage can allow ground teams to cover hundreds of square kilometres quickly and easily, scoping difficult terrain in minutes rather than hours. This advantage allows antipoaching units to respond fast and effectively, ensuring that every second and every action counts.

The project was initiated and self-funded by entrepreneur Robert Miller, with the aim to develop and implement a production UAV system that is optimised for use in the antipoaching arena in Southern Africa.

Our Aim

What we are doing differently

The aim of this project has always been to design a drone platform which has been built in Africa for use in the harsh and unforgiving African landscape. To this end extensive research has gone into what is required to make a drone viable in the Southern African arena, with most of the technology having been built from the ground up.


Key features:

  • Designed in Africa for African conditions. 
  • Long flight duration fixed wing.
  • Autonomous vertical take-off and landing.
  • Easy battery replacement.
  • Autonomous execution of mission plan.
  • Minimal ground crew.
  • Onboard AI for analysis of camera and sensor data.
  • Ability to autonomously identify and begin tracking a verified target.
  • Minimal onsite maintenance.


In addition, we aim to:

  • Setup a crowdfunded and donation based model to help build a fleet of UAVs. These will be deployed at vulnerable reserves and poaching hot spots around South Africa meaning that for the first time, smaller reserves, with limited resources, can benefit from airborne technology without incurring huge costs. 
  • Maintain the drones centrally. All reserves will have access to Tihlo Henhla’s maintenance department to ensure that the drones are maintained at a high level and continue to function at full capability.
  • Establish a ranger drone pilot training program. 
  • Setup a unit to develop additional affordable technology, that can be employed on the front line, including:
    • Body Armour
    • Low cost night vision
    • Augmented Reality Systems
    • Centralised flight operations