Sunday, 27 December 2015

New for 2016 beach and bush safaris in Thailand

We are very pleased to let you know that we have created a new safari package. This time in Thailand. Our man on the ground in Thailand is Luke Stokes who has been researching wildlife in Thailand for ten years and will lead all of our Thai safaris.
We have chosen Thailand for many reasons. First is that we want to support wildlife conservation in Thailand especially the big cats (Leopard and Tigers), but also because the country is relatively unexplored in terms of wildlife safaris, yet it has huge diversity of species and some magnificent national parks to enjoy.
Of-course Thailand has a lot to offer. As well as sight seeing and cultural attractions there are some magnificent beach resorts and marine life to enjoy. With that in mind we have based this safari on the beach and bush format i.e. you will be able to enjoy time at a beach resort and include sight seeing excursions as well as time spent in the national parks game viewing and birding.
For our first year operating in Thailand we are offering a ten day beach and bush safari. Couples, singles and family groups are all catered for and as ever group sizes will be a maximum of six people. During our first year departure dates will be flexible to suit your travel plans.

If you would like to know more then Email Carol for the details.

Written by Will Fox
www.ontracksafaris.com

Saturday, 26 December 2015

INGWE Leopard Research merchandise to help save leopards

As many of you will know, just about everything we do is to raise funds for our work in leopard conservation with INGWE Leopard Research. Profits from all of our safaris are of-course the main fund raiser, but this year (following requests from safari guests), we have also produced a couple of items of bespoke merchandise with all profits going to INGWE.
The T shirts shown above were designed especially for us and show a leopards head as well as the INGWE logo. They are available in unisex sizes S,M,L,XL at £15 or $ 25 each.


We have also commissioned our friend and wildlife artist Vanessa Lomas to create a wonderful pen and ink drawing of a mother and cub (as shown). Vanessa entitled this piece Hope for the Future and I'm sure you can see why. We have limited edition prints signed and numbered by Vanessa for sale. Size 400mm x 700mm for £45 or $67.50

We can post to anywhere in the world, so please if you would like to support our work then of-course come on safari with us in 2016, but if you can't fit in a safari next year then the next best thing is to support us by buying a T shirt or print. You can really make a difference.

Written by Will Fox
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Sunday, 13 December 2015

Twenty Fours hours to claim your no obligation safari discount voucher.


This week the Rand weakened following the unusual sacking of the South African finance minister. Exchange rates are at all time high, but this won't last for long, forecasts are that rates will drop back again within a few days.
But you can cash in on this temporary blip now.
Just email Carol carol@ontracksafaris.com within the next 24 hours and claim your no obligation extra 5% discount voucher. Which you can redeem against any of our 2016 packages any time.



There is no obligation. Even if you haven't decided on where you would like to go on holiday in 2016, it makes sense to claim your discount voucher in case you opt for an On Track Safari.



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Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Leopard trees

As many of you will know, Leopards will take their kill into a tree to protect it from Hyena and Lions.
So it's always a good idea to check good 'leopard trees" when on safari.
Hidden in the foliage there can be more than you think.
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Sunday, 22 November 2015

Jackal braves the kill

 A Jackal paying keen attention to vultures on a kill. Waiting for an opportunity.
And when he saw a gap he jumped right in.
Then ran for his life to a safe distance and check behind.
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Wednesday, 18 November 2015

New safaris for 2016

We have created some exciting new safari packages for 2016. You can choose between our award winning 7, 10 or 14 day escorted safaris, where as well as enjoying some of the best wildlife safari experiences available, you'll meet and be involved with our leopard research team.
Our new 3 reserve safari starts and ends in Johannesburg and includes three big five game reserves in the Greater Kruger Park, all accommodation, food and transfers for just £1,495.
Join us un Africa in 2016
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Saturday, 14 November 2015

Join our leopard team in 2016

If you are looking for an authentic conservation project in South Africa, where you can enjoy some fantastic African bush experiences and contribute to vital research, then join our Ingwe Leopard Research Team.
We’re conducting vital leopard research, which you can be part of and help us to conserve the species.
Authenticity is the key to our operations. Our underlying ethos is one of providing a genuine and 'real' experience. Our programs are for anyone over eighteen years who has a passion for nature and a wish to be involved with an authentic African wildlife research project.
Volunteering
So what is involved? As an Ingwe volunteer you will be involved with all aspects of our conservation and research programs. You’ll gain an in-depth knowledge about our work, while contributing towards our essential leopard research.
Your role will be to assist our head researcher and will include visiting the game reserves where we are monitoring the leopard populations via camera trapping as well as helping to catalogue camera trap data and identify individual leopards as well as other species.

There are four locations available in South Africa where  you can be part of the team.
INGWE research base Hoedspruit, Limpopo.
Here you will stay in pleasant style in our lodge/research base, close to the Kruger National Park.
From there you will visit some of the game reserves where we are conducting leopard research.
Depending on distance from Hoedspruit this may involve staying on those reserves for a few nights, or for those closer to home, we will conduct day visits. During a two week stay you can expect to visit 2-4 other reserves, dependant on the need at that time.
Reserve visits will involve travelling in off road vehicles around those reserves, servicing camera traps, downloading images from those cameras, monitoring leopard movement via tracks and collecting scatt samples.
When not accompanying our full time researchers on reserve visits, you will be able to be involved with assimilating and cataloging the images you have collected and identifying individual leopards and other species.

During every two week stay you will also join us on a day trip to the Kruger National Park, to enjoy some big five game viewing.
And of-course there will be time for some R&R to enjoy our lodge and perhaps an occasional evening out visiting to the nearby town of Hoedspruit.
With prior approval, university students can also utilise our research facilities and database to integrate your own research programs if appropriate while you are with the Ingwe team. Over the last years we have generated a large amount of data on a wide variety of species that while not directly of use specifically for our leopard research, we hope will be of use for other research programs.

Thaba Tholo wilderness reserve research camp
The Thaba Tholo research camp is set within the magnificent 6,000 Hectare Thaba Tholo Wilderness Reserve near Lydenburg, Mpumalanga. It is here that we have been conducting research into leopard behaviours for more than five years.
Our research camp has been designed to blend sympathetically with the environment and operates on a carbon neutral basis.
There is accommodation for up to fifteen students and researchers in permanent tents, set within our conservation village with central kitchen and communal rooms.

Lead by our research team you will be involved in all aspects of our research on the Thaba Tholo Reserve.
This research camp lends itself to University groups, who wish to use our facilities to conduct research on the reserve, or assist with our ongoing research. With that in mind this package is only open to groups of 6-15 persons.


During any stay with the INGWE team, our intent is to ensure that our volunteers develop a comprehensive understanding of all of the key elements that make up a successful conservation project.

Training will encompass the following:
•        Induction and bush safety
•        Enhancing bush senses
•        Understanding large carnivore behaviours
•        Obtaining and recording data
•        Wildlife tracking
•        Camera trapping

Once training is completed, volunteers will be given tasks and complete these tasks with a minimum of supervision.
These tasks will include:
•        Setting, servicing and retrieving Camera Traps
•        Identifying and recording spoor location
•        Identifying and analysing carnivore scats
•        Data input and analysis

CLICK HERE to find out more

Saturday, 7 November 2015

Your own camera in Africa - the ideal gift for Christmas

Our Camera Trappers program gives you the opportunity to be connected with wildlife in the African bush from wherever you live in the world. Not only will you be connected with Africa but you will also be supporting vital wildlife research aimed at conserving leopard numbers and other species.
So how does it work? As a Camera Trapper, each month you will receive pictures from your camera placed in the African bush, together with our monthly digest.
Our leopard research team already utilise an extensive network of camera traps placed on game reserves, but we need more cameras. By increasing the number of cameras we can increase our research areas and collect more data to be able to  provide sufficient information to model leopard behaviour and numbers.
By joining On Track Camera Trappers program you will be actively supporting INGWE Leopard Research, as well as enjoying some amazing wildlife pictures sent to you each month.
Camera traps are digital cameras that are set out along game trails in remote locations within our various research sites. These camera traps are triggered by movement and operate 24 x 7, secretly recording the movement of animals without need for human presence or disruption of nature.
You can join the On Track team of camera trappers and you will have your own camera in Africa.

We use the camera trap images to identify individual leopards from their unique coat patterns.
Each leopards coat pattern (spots and rosettes) is just like a finger print i.e. unique to each individual.  We have created identification kits (a series of photographs of each known leopard taken from various angles and sides) and it is by comparing the camera trap images to these ID kits, that we can determine if it is a known leopard and where and when it was located. In this way we can build up a picture of leopard movement, density and behaviour that is previously unknown.
This information can then be shared with governing bodies to assist them in credible and accurate decision making for the welfare of the species.

Camera Trapper £120
This 12 month membership option buys your own camera in Africa, for our team to use and includes batteries and SD cards. You can select the reserve where you wish us to place your camera from any of the reserves where we conduct research.
You will receive pictures from your camera each month, together with our monthly digest of some of the best photographs taken elsewhere as part of our research. As a camera trapper your will enjoy the following benefits:
  • You name your camera and select the reserve you wish it to be used on.
  • Each month you will receive a selection of the best photographs taken by your camera, together with our monthly digest of some of the best photographs taken from our pool of camera traps set around our research areas.
  • 10% discount off an African Safari with On Track Safaris www.ontracksafaris.com (terms and conditions apply), or 10% off a two night stay at selected game lodges within our research zones.

 CLICK HERE for more details.


Sunday, 1 November 2015

Come and meet us in Manchester or London

If you are thinking about visiting the Times Destination show in London in Feb 2016 or in Manchester show in January 2016, then please come over to say hello.
Will and Carol Fox will be at both shows. Whether you are old friends of On Track safaris, or considering taking a safari in 2016, or if you would like to find out more about their work in wildlife conservation, they would love to see you.
And if you would like free tickets to either show then just send Carol and email and we'll post complementary tickets to you.

We look forward to seeing you.

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Sunday, 25 October 2015

About Us - more than a safari

On Track Safaris was created to help fund our work in wildlife conservation and especially our leopard research team.
There are no travel agents fees, indeed there are no travel agents between you and us.
We're safari experts living and working in Africa, bringing you an exceptional safari experience.
Our award winning safaris help us fund our work in conservation.
Be there in 2016
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Sunday, 18 October 2015

Leopards.


Leopards were (and are) the reason that On Track Safaris founders Will and Carol Fox moved from the Uk to South Africa over a decade ago.
On Track Safaris helps to fund their work in leopard research and conservation.

Join us in Africa in 2016
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Sunday, 11 October 2015

About Us - The real deal.

When you join an On Track Safari, there are no travel agents fees, indeed there are no travel agents between you and us. We're safari experts living and working in Africa, bringing you an exceptional safari experience.
Our award winning safaris help us fund our work in conservation and with local schools.

Be there in 2016.
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Saturday, 10 October 2015

Not much left!

The map above shows the areas remaining that provide habitat for Lions.
Habitat loss is the biggest reason we are loosing species.
Join an On Track Safari and you will be helping our work in wildlife conservation.

Written by Will Fox
www.ontracksafaris.com

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Riding in the bus

Ever thought of taking a horse ride in the African bush?
It's something we can arrange for our guests, while you are with us on safari. Of-course to keep everyone safe, we have selected a reserve to ride in that doesn't have the big five.
Magical times riding in the bush getting close to Zebra, Giraffe and Antelope.
When booking your safari just tell us you would like to go riding as well and we'll do the rest.


Sunday, 27 September 2015

Breakfast in the bush

Preparations for breakfast in the bush
Eating outside in the bush is ver popular with our guests. Above you can see the preparations being made for a bush breakfast. All the while our guests are on a morning bush walk expecting to return to their lodge for breakfast. Instead their guide takes them to a clearing where they are met by the lodge staff with a surprise table set out for them. What a great way to end a bush walk.
Glamping
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Sunday, 20 September 2015

Bigger draw

The experience of spending time with wild animals is something that young and old enjoy. Its wonderful how the apparent draw of mobile phones, iPads and computer games, diminishes during a safari. Being there, experiencing the reality of the Africa bush beats anything.
Lee walks by
Big or small, we spend time with all.
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Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Treed Lion

The Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda is famed for tree climbing Lions and rightly so. We have had some great sightings during our Ugandan safaris.
However.... all lions climb tress to some extent. The pic above was taken by one of our safari guests in the Kruger Park last week. Lions eye view.

Written by Will Fox
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Sunday, 23 August 2015

Excerpts from guest thank you's and reviews


Some excerpts from recent guest thank you letters. You can read more reviews just click here Safari Reviews

Our South Africa trip was certainly the trip of a lifetime for us and the safari was certainly the icing on the cake. Thanks so much for organising such a varied and interesting week for us. It was lovely to meet yourself and Will and hear about the passion that you share first hand. Thanks so much for your hospitality. 

We particularly loved our time at Nkaya lodge, the ambience there was so relaxing and the sightings were truly fabulous- we certainly weren't ready to leave there, the leopard and lion sightings will live long in our memories. The  food and accommodation were fabulous and we both felt that the smaller size of this lodge gave a more personal experience which we would be happy to recommend to anybody.  Andre and his tracker Andrew were excellent guides and our game drives were really special. 

We both felt that the way the week worked, with a variety of activities, including the insight into leopard conservation and research, definitely added to our enjoyment and interest. The whole week felt very personal, we felt extremely well looked after and I would certainly recommend On Track to any of our friends considering a safari.

Thanks once again to everyone at On Track for a fabulous week - hopefully we will get to do a safari with you again in the future!

Clare and John Cooper
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We arrived back in the UK yesterday morning, back to reality :(

We had a fabulous time on safari, the memories will last forever, it was truly special. We were very lucky to see the big 5 and so much more. Feedback wise, I cannot find fault at all. All the camps were brilliant in their own unique ways. 

Raptor's retreat took the accommodation to another level and Umlani was also amazing, we saw the big 5 again here and both leopard and lion with kills which was awesome! 
I shall gladly do a review for you, thanks for organising everything so well, we had a great time

Amyleigh & Martin

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We arrived home this morning feeling desperately sad to have left Africa behind - but with loads of great memories of a fantastic trip.

Anne and I had an idea of what to expect, having been on safari trips in Botswana, but the holiday exceeded our expectations and Becca said it was the experience of a lifetime. We thought the whole package was well thought out and all the elements fitted together well and built up nicely. 

It was great to meet you and Will and hear about the wider range of work you are doing (how on earth do you fit it all in?)

Thanks again - we'll be in touch soon.


Dave

Meet Will and Carol - its a date

If you are considering a safari, or if you would just like to meet On Track Safaris founders Will and Carol and learn more about their work in wildlife conservation, then they will be at three events in the UK in early 2016 where they would love to see you:

The Times Holiday & Travel show, Manchester's EventCity from 21st - 24th January
The Times Holiday and Travel show, London, Olympia 4th - 7th February
The Telegraph Travel show, London, ExCel 8th - 10th January.

Will and Carol having been working in wildlife conservation in Africa since 2004. Their main focus has been on big cats and Rhino, with the INGWE Leopard Research program being the main outlet for funds raised by On Track Safaris.

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Thursday, 20 August 2015

Leopards - our favourites

Here are some great photographs of leopards, we hope you'll enjoy.
Not more to be said, other than they are magnificent creatures and the reason we do what we do.
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Email: carol@ontracksafaris.com

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Leopards we've helped over the years

On Track Safaris founders Will and Carol have been working with leopards since 2004. Over the years they have saved many leopards. Often ensuring they were relocated away from areas where they were under direct threat.
Take the leopard above, that was caught by a livestock farmer, who would have killed this cat if Will and Carol hadn't arranged for him to be relocated and released away from harm.
It would be great to be abale to keep track of all the leopards they have relocated, but only a few had tracking collars (as seen below). Tracking collars are only used for scientific research into behaviours and are fitted with a vet in attendance to ensure all is well.

If you would like to support leopard conservation and enjoy an amazing wildlife safari, then email Carol to get the best deals we can offer you.
carol@ontracksafaris.com

Saturday, 15 August 2015

Leopards are the reason for On Track Safaris

It was the draw of working with leopards that brought On Track Safaris founders Will and Carol to Africa, and they remain the main focus of our conservation work.
We are involved with a number of other wildlife conservation projects, but it's the INGWE Leopard Research program that is the main thrust of our non profit work.
Join an On Track Safari and you'll be in the company of dedicated wildlife experts, who also know a thing or two about ensuring you have the trip of a life time.

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