Sunday, 27 October 2013

Will and Carol at the Royal Geographical Society

If you can make it to London on the 16th or 17th of November then OTS managers Will and Carol will be manning the Ingwe Leopard Research stand, promoting their work in leopard conservation at the Royal Geographical Society Explore weekend.
Will is very keen to support the RGS as well as get the message out about the realities of African wildlife conservation and moreover the need for urgent work to prevent any further decline in the leopard population.
The Royal Geographical Society has been in existence since the early nineteenth century and many African expeditions were launched from there. From Dr Livingstone to Sir Ranulph Finnes. Recent Presidents include Sir David Atenborough and Michael Palin.
The work of the RGS is no less important today than it was in the early 1800's and it continues to enable expeditions, research and a whole gambit of work across the globe.

We hope to see you there.
Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, London.

Written by Jennie

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Hot off the press - Finally an affordable Gorilla Safari for 2014

Bwindi forest gorillas

Hot off the press
We will be expanding our safari packages in 2014 to include an amazing Ugandan safari that includes an opportunity visit the Bwindi Forest gorillas.
And here is the even better news. By working with local ground handlers we have been able to reduce the costs and can offer this twelve night package for the exclusive rate of £2,450 pps
If you're any thing like me, then the first thoughts of Uganda are of Idi Amin in the 1970's. But the country has shaken off those terrible memories and is emerging as wonderful tourist destination, with abundant wildlife, birdlife and of-course primates.
We will be adding this safari itinerary to our website shortly, but in the meantime if you would like us to send you a detailed itinerary then please email Carol
This special safari price is only available for direct bookings with On Track Safaris.
Here are the highlights of our Ugandan adventure:
  • Gorilla tracking in the Bwindi Forest
  • Visit the source of river Nile
  • Mabira forest
  • Ngamba chimp sanctuary.
  • Rhino tracking.
  • Murchison Falls.
  • Western Rift Valley.
  • Chimpanze tracking
  • Lake Edward and Lake George.
  • Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park.
  • Ishasha tree-climbing lions
  • Lake Mburo National park. 
  • Makanaga or Mabamba wetlands.

Tree climbing Lions
Written by Will Fox

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Getting involved - we love it!

I have to admit that when Alan suggested that we ask our guests to be involved in the annual game count on our home reserve, I thought he'd somewhat lost the plot. As anyone who has stayed with us at Black Leopard Camp will know, Alan exudes positive energy and is always looking for more ways to involve our guests in the conservation activities we do on a daily (and in this case annual), basis.
But as usual he was right. Our guests love it.
It works like this:
While on game drive we ask that guests count the number of each species of mammal we see. It makes perfect sense, because after all we're looking for game anyway. Someone takes on the job of recording the numbers and then at the end of the drive we add those results to our database. In that way we are building up an accurate game count.
Of-course the Thaba Tholo Wilderness Reserve is far to big to cover in one three hour game drive. It takes four days of game drives just to cover all of the reserve roads, but by varying the route we take each day we're getting there.
I was asked "but why don't you just do a normal game count?". It's a fair question. The normal routine is to fly over a reserve in a helicopter and literally count what you see. I figure you can imagine that offers an indicative number rather than an accurate count. But its not something we can consider. Our problem is that Thaba Tholo is made up from a series of magnificent mountains, cliffs, valleys and canyons. Quite simply awe-inspiring scenery, but helicopters don't like the variable thermal currents. Believe me I've flown in those mountains looking for missing leopards and it's a ride that you don't look forward too. Add to that, that animals can be scared by a low flying helicopter and run away. I figure you can imagine the possible devastation that could result from a herd of Giraffe running towards a cliff. They're very difficult to turn around.
So all in all helicopters are best avoided.
But, thanks to Alan we have a better way and not only that it's great fun.

Written by Will Fox