Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Nothing but a family thing

We've been following the progress of a young male Lion for the last year or so, watching him grow and  develop. He's staying with the pride and his father right now, but he is getting more and more confident and making typical adolescent aggressive displays.
He's a handsome beast but he does like to show off especially when his father is around as seen below.
Written by Will Fox

Sunday, 18 November 2012

We're getting there.

This year we have managed to make some great steps forward in improving things at Sizo Primary School. Many thanks to all of our safari guests who have helped us to support Sizo.
Pictured above during a visit by On Track Safaris you can see some of the computers that have been donated. We've now created a small IT centre where the children are learning basic IT skills, under Tara's guidance.
Our main priority continues to be the kitchen upgrade. Our kitchen building fund is nearly there and we very much hope we can appoint a builder to start work before the children return to school after their summer holiday.
The one comment that all our guests make when they visit Sizo is how well behaved and enthusiastic to learn the pupils are. It's absolutely the case, and to be very honest, inspires us to do better for them.

Written by Will Fox

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Speicial Kenya Safari 'one off' for 2013

Our friend Dairen Simpson has been working with us catching and collaring leopards for our research project, all the while being filmed for a TV series.
Will and Dairen have worked together with big cats for many years, not only becoming great friends but sharing a wicked sense of humour.
Pictured above are Dairen and Will waiting to film a sequence for the TV film and below Will, Dairen and the film crew, getting ready for a leopard capture. The film will be on your screens sometime in 2013, meanwhile Dairen has sadly returned to his home in the USA, but Will has plans to work with him next year in kenya. We will be offering a very special 'one off' Safari to join Will and Dairen helping a Lion research project to catch and collar Leopards in Northern Kenya.
Written by Carol Fox

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Great Pictures from Conraad

As all of our guests who have met our Lowveld guide Conraad Loubser will know, he is not only an excellent big five guide but also a accomplished photographer.
Over the couple of months I will regularly post examples of Conraads work on our facebook page for everyone to enjoy, but in the meantime I thought I would give you a taster of his pictures.

If you would like to meet Conraad and enjoy a 2013 On Track Safari then please get in touch with Carol and let us know your preferred travel dates.
Written by Will Fox

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Breakfast at home with a leopard - how cool is that

“Lynsey is coming to the house.”
Carols excited words came as she checked the GPS collar updates from Lynsey one evening after supper.
Not, I hasten to add that we have collared our friend Lynsey (who runs Black Leopard Camp), but rather the leopard that we named after her.
We caught Lynsey on the Thaba Tholo Wilderness Reserve in August, as part of our leopard research program. She was then fitted with a GPS tracking collar that allows us to monitor her behaviour and movements without any further intrusion. She was up and around none the worse for wear very soon after and is providing some great data for the program. It’s vital work that is needed to protect the species. However on this occasion it gave us an exciting times as well, knowing that a Leopard was hunting in the area around our house.

It was too dark to be able to see much that evening, but Carol was back in the office at dawn checking the collar data on Google Earth. Which told us she had settled in the grounds around our home.
Carol was excitedly shouting from the office, ‘she’s here, she’s right here!”
I already knew.
As I opened the blind in our bedroom Lynsey was sat under a tree about twenty meters away, looking quizzically at me.
We are usually up and about very early, but on this particular morning we enjoyed breakfast on our bedroom stoop with a Leopard checking us out.
How cool is that!

Written by Will Fox