When on safari it's always nice to enjoy a snooze in the afternoon between game game drives, especially if you have been up early looking for wildlife. For most of us, sleeping in isn't an option when there is so much to go and see, but thats not the case for these Hippos. When we joined them, they were enjoying a late morning snooze. Well why not.
We are very fortunate in that we often find Cheetah on safari. I have worked extensively with wild Lion and of-course Leopard, but only had an opportunity to work with Cheetah in a captive environment. They have a totally different temperament to many other big cats, which often lulls people into a false sense of security, they are after all an apex predator.
I’m Dan Swan, On Track Safari’s fresh-out-the-box intern and
my plan is to start this blog so that you can join me through my yearlong
adventure with Will, Carol and the rest of the OTS team. Originally a Worcester
kid, I finally ventured down to Bournemouth at the ripe old age of 20 to begin
my studies of Tourism Management at the University. With a placement year being
a hugely important part of my course, I began my hunt for my perfect work
experience. But as the months rolled by and with deadline drawing closer and
closer, the panic slowly set in.This
was until I stumbled across a small, very to the point, advertisement on my
University online facilities from my future head-honcho Will Fox. With a
passion for nature tourism and responsible travel, you can only image my
excitement (and relief) when this little internship advert described the
opportunity to a part of a company who not only run a range of African
safaris…but do so to fund their very own wildlife conservation organisation! To
me, Will and the company seemed so genuine in what they offer in their safaris
as well as their mission for protecting African big and furries.
Needless to say I was buzzing after the countless emails and
Skype calls with dodgy signal out in the bush that I finally landed my position
as intern with On Track Safaris. I’m now two months in and have already learned
so much from the team. Unlike my University peers, it feels like I have so much
freedom and responsibility in my position that has already led me to creating
marketing and promotion campaigns, utilising our social media channels and
being a part of the enquiry and booking process.
Track Safaris has given me this amazing opportunity to do something unique with
my placement year and this is only the beginning. I will be uploading regular
blogs so you can keep up to date with my journey during my time with OTS. Stay
tuned. Written by Dan Swan www.ontracksafaris.co.uk
Rhinos love to get down and dirty. Rolling or wallowing in mud is actually very good for their skin and helps remove ticks and parasites. This little one was just loving playing around in a mud wallow.