Friday, 27 September 2013

Rising star

On Track Safari guide Becky
We have finished filming a documentary on Honey Badges for the BBC. On Track Safaris guide Becky Freeman is one of the presenters in the show, much of which was filmed at our safari base. We understand it will be broadcast in early in 2014, but we'll keep you posted.
If you would like to come on safari and be guided by Becky (as seen on TV!), then check out our website and get in touch. Email carol@ontracksafaris.co.uk

Written by Will Fox
www.ontracksafaris.co.uk

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

The ever present poaching menace



We've been enjoying some wonderful Rhino sighting recently. Both white and black rhino. Of-course the ever-present threat from poaching is always on our minds. Rhino horn is fetching $75,000/kg on the black market, most of which goes to China, where it is bizarrely used as natural Viagra!
In South Africa we lost over 500 rhino to poachers last year and this year will be even worse. At that rate the rhino will be functionally extinct in South Africa within ten years.
Behind the scenes the anti poaching patrols are doing a great job to keep that menace away from the reserves we visit, but even they can't prevent natural deaths. With this precious resource dwindling it was a great shame to discover the carcass of a white rhino that had been killed in a fight with elephants not far from one of our safari lodges. The reserve is open to the Kruger park with no fences between, so its difficult to know which elephants it was and why. It is something that can happen in the wild, but nonetheless it's a great shame to loose another rhino.

Written by Will Fox

Monday, 23 September 2013

Denhams in the grass


We've been enjoying some wonderful sightings of late at our safari base (the Thaba Tholo Wilderness Reserve). Not least of these was seen last week by Ian and Rose who were on their second safari with us. Black Leopard Camp guide Dylan spotted a Denhams Bustard in some long grass during game drive. When it took to the air, Ian (who is a very talented and keen photographer) shot the picture above. Quite simply stunning.
Written by Will Fox
www.ontracksafaris.co.uk

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

How close can we get?

I'm often asked how close we can get to animals? As with everything in nature, it's the animals that set the limit and not us.
We read the animals behaviour and as long as they are unaffected by our presence and not feeling pressured then everyone is happy.

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Written by Will Fox



Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Our solo ladies safaris to be repeated in 2014

 
Our special solo ladies safaris have proved to be very popular this year, so much so that we'll be running them again in April and May 2014.
This ten day special safari package is aimed at solo ladies who prefer not to be the odd one out when joining a group made up mainly of couples, but would like to join a small group of like minded solo lady travellers.
These safaris start on the 1st of April and 3rd May 2014 at a special discount single rate for direct bookings of £1995 pp.
 CLICK HERE to check out the full ten day package itinerary from our website, where you will also be able to find out a lot more information about our company ethos and our work in leopard conservation and community schools.
Contact Carol to check on availability. We offer a personal service where guests quickly become friends, so please feel free to fire away with any questions. We look forward to seeing you in Africa.

Written by Carol Fox
Email: carol@ontracksafaris.co.uk
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Monday, 16 September 2013

Southern Pride doing well

Mum, do you have to do that?
A quick update on the Southern pride that we see regularly on safari in the ThornyBush reserve. All four cubs are doing well and enjoying family life as can be seen above.
Big yawm - Small cat
Once the cubs are grown, this pride will form quite a formidable force, but for now, life is all about sleeping and waiting for meal time. Which as can be seen below, can take any size. Even a small warthog.

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Written by Will Fox
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