Sunday, 30 November 2014

Leopards

One of the key reasons we do what we do, is to help save the African Leopard. They are magnificent creatures. Pictured above a leopard using some cover while hunting, as seen on safari.

Written by Will Fox

Saturday, 29 November 2014

Safari Live

On Track Safaris CEO Will Fox has swapped his safari guide hat for his TV directors hat and is directing a series of LIVE safaris from the 29th November to 7th December. Click to watch the shows, which run from 16:00 - 19:00 CAT (GMT + 2) every day.
Will will be back leading many of our safaris from January 2015, when I'm sure he'll have a few more tales to tell.

Written by Carol Fox
www.ontracksafaris.co.uk

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Iconic animals

Giraffe are always a favourite to see while on safari. Okay so they are not included in the 'big five' but surely one of the iconic animals of Africa.

Written by Will Fox

Monday, 24 November 2014

Buffalo from your room


I always tell our safari guests that anything can happen at any time. Even when your relaxing between game drives in your room. As with the pic above when a herd of Buffalo came to visit.

Written by Will Fox

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Wow we've done it again in 2015


We constantly strive to improve our safaris year on year. And next year we have definitely achieved that goal. Our 2015 fourteen day safari (see itinerary on our website) is in my view the best safari package we have ever offered.
Of-course as well as offering you fantastic accommodation, game viewing and chance to be involved with our work in conservation, we also need to ensure value for money. I am pleased to say we've achieved that again and can offer discounted prices that are actually significantly less than we charged in 2007!
Join us in Africa www.ontracksafaris.co.uk

Written by Will Fox

Friday, 7 November 2014

No 2 in the world - not too shabby

The fantastic news is that we took silver in the world responsible tourism awards for wildlife conservation. Carol attended the award ceremony at WTM in London on Wednesday while I sat anxiously in the African bush waiting for news.
It's overwhelming to be recognised for our work in responsible tourism and to be second in the world awards is staggering.
We want to say a huge thank you to all of our safari guests who nominated and voted for us and of-course to Responsible Travel for their support.
Next years safaris are even better than before, so come and join us in Africa.

Written by Will Fox
www.ontracksafaris.co.uk

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Leopard spots

Within some game reserves the guides use a simple method to quickly identify the leopards they find on game drive.
Each leopards spot pattern is unique which makes identifying individual leopards relatively easy.
When we see leopards in the bush it’s often easiest to focus on the detailed pattern on its face and use a simple count of the spots on the face for quick identification purposes.
To do this we count the uppermost row of spots on the leopard’s cheeks. These are the spots above the upper line of whiskers. We can then refer to the ratio between each cheek first on the right cheek and then the left cheek. This means that in the example below there are two spots on the right and two on the left giving a 2:2 ratio.
This cheek spot ratio gives a great starting point to identify a leopard, but of-course it is possible that two leopards in the same reserve will have the same spot ratio. It may also be the case that the leopard is moving or at a distance. However there are generally other identification marks we can use. For example in the picture above there is a scar running down the nose, but it could also be a distinctive rosette shape on the body or similar unique markings.
The estimated age of an animal is also an aid to identification together with understanding the territories of the various leopards.
Overall its great fun getting to know the individual leopards who we see on safari.

Written by Will Fox


Sunday, 2 November 2014

Big day on Wednesday

Wednesday 5th Nov is a big day for us. It is when the winner of the world responsible tourism awards are announced. On Track safaris have been shortlisted for these awards and Carol will be at the ceremony with fingers crossed. I'll still be in Africa directing  a series of wildlife TV shows for National Geographic, so can't attend the ceremony but will be waiting anxiously by the phone.
Whether we win or not, its great honour to have made the short list and a great testament for On Track Safaris. We're increasingly being recognised as a model of how a conservation based safari company can make a real difference.

Join us on safari in 2015 www.ontracksafaris.co.uk

Written by Will Fox

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Luxury can also be Eco

It would be easy to think that accommodation venues that have conservation or green credentials need to compromise in terms of quality. As you can see from the pictures that is definitely not necessarily the case.
Why compromise, join on On Track safari and enjoy quality eco chic accommodation.
Join us on safari www.ontracksafaris.co.uk

Written by Will Fox