"How close can we get to the animals?" is a fair question I'm often asked. Without going into my normal spiel about animals comfort zones, that as I write I can already hear our recent safari guest chuckling about. The bottom line is that it is the animals that make the call.
Of-course your safari guide will have the experience and know how to judge the behaviours of wild animals in any sighting. He or she will be checking to see that all is well while your happy snapping away or just enjoying being close to nature. There are often small signs that let a guide know that animal is happy to permit your presence. And if not, then we'll pull out and leave them to it.
Elephants are a great example of this. When we come across a herd of Ele's the first thing we do as we approach is to watch the Matriarch, if she is happily browsing and ambling along, then the rest of the herd will be calm and generally content to allow us to share some very special times in their company.
It's always great to see new additions to any family. And I know I shouldn't be biased, but.......I always get a kick out of seeing new members of any of the cat species we see on safari.
Take this groups of lion cubs for instance. We were fortunate to sit with them for 45 mins a few days ago. Cute doesn't come close to describing them, but I figure you get the picture.
Of-course we worry about their survival. After all this is the African bush and there are many other animals who don't share my opinion of lion cubs. A large herd of Buffalo were only 2kms away and they would kill the cubs if they have the chance. They know what happens when the cubs grow up!
But with their mother and aunts on hand to protect and nurture them they're in goo hands.
Written by Will Fox
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Thanks to some very generous donations from On Track Safari guests, we have been able to complete the ambitious renovations to an old building complex at Sizo school.
The new dinning room and kitchen are now ready to be opened, which will enable the school children to enjoy a cooked meal each day and also use the dining room for other school events.
We believe that tourism must benefit the local community, not only in terms of creating jobs, but with projects such as this. That involvement lies at the very core of our business.
I have to be honest and say that although night drives are exciting they don't always result in great sightings, but when they do. What an experience.
We came across this small herd of Elephants browsing no more than 3 metres away from us and spent 30 mins in their company before they finally silently disappeared off into the bush. One minute they were crashing around eating leaves and grass and then the next we were sat in darkness with not a sound to let us know where they had gone.
What a great experience to enjoy. We headed back to our lodge and a sumptuous four course diner recounting stories of our fantastic sightings from the day.