Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Come and say hello

Come along and meet Will and Carol at the Times Destination Travel shows in early 2017 (as shown above). Whether you are interested in a safari or would just like to find out more about their work in wildlife conservation, Will and Carol would love to meet you.
And if you would like free tickets to the show then CLICK the links below using reference DST9
CLICK HERE for free tickets to the London show
CLICK HERE for free tickets to the Manchester show

Monday, 26 December 2016

Hyena, Lions and Leopards

Hyenas, Lions and Leopards all share the same habitat, and compete for the same prey. So it's no surprise that these three don't get along.
It would be easy to assume that Lions take...well, the lions share, but that's not always the case.
Join us on safari and find out more www.ontracksafaris.com

Sunday, 18 December 2016

Rivers at home

Our safari home in the Greater Kruger Park region is Rukiya Safari Camp. An amazing lodge, owner managed by our friends Lily and Conraad, set in a wonderful private nature reserve. And best of all, the lodge lies at the confluence of the Blyde and Olifants rivers, where Crocodiles and Hippos can often be seen from your private deck.
Join us on safari www.ontracksafaris.com

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Monday, 5 December 2016

Lion around

We are very fortunate to often see quite a few different lion prides on safari. Normally viewed from a game drive vehicle, but when it is safe to do so and the circumstances are right, we can take a bush walk to try to view them on foot. Normally just lying around waiting for the night.
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Sunday, 4 December 2016

Not a line in the sand

Okay, so you are out on an early morning game drive and perhaps wondering why your safari guide is driving along head down, staring at the ground in front of the vehicle.  No, it's not the after effects of a late night (well probably not), it's a case of reading natures morning newspaper. In other-words looking for fresh tracks that help us to understand what has happened in the bush during the previous night. There is a lot to know in reading the morning newspaper, but some tracks are quite easy to recognise. For example my favourite the leopard. Very simple to identify, a triple lobed back pad and no claws deployed from the front pads.
Okay, Lion are similar, but of-course a lot bigger.
Guide books and teaching aids will show you a line drawing, or photo of a footprint indent in sandy soil, but I find it easier to start with the original; so I've used pictures that I have taken with sedated leopards.
Whenever I have had to catch and release a leopard for research or to relocate, I keep pictures of the foot shape. They often help in identifying the individuals spoor later.
As you can see above the general shape of a leopards spoor is as described, but thereafter each has subtle differences which help identify a particular cat. And thats when tracking steps up a gear.
Written by Will Fox
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Thursday, 1 December 2016

Photographer paradise

Whether it is the magical light in the golden hour just after dawn and again before sunset, or the abundance of wildlife species, or our desire to take you to places where you see animals at home in nature. It is undoubtedly the case that safari is a paradise for all photographers.
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Sunday, 27 November 2016

Hope for the Future

This wonderful pen and ink drawing of mother and cub is from renowned wildlife artist Vanessa Lomas.
Vanessa very kindly allowed us to produce 100 limited edition prints for sale, with profits going to help support our work in conservation.
The prints are individually numbered and signed by Vanessa and available via eBay for delivery worldwide.
CLICK HERE to view our eBay listing

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Camera trapping on safari - a huge hit

One of the highlights of our safaris is the chance to place your own camera trap out in the bush at a spot where you think you might photograph a leopard. We have been using camera traps as part of our research for over fifteen years and know a thing or two about camera trapping, so you're in safe hands.
Camera traps are now universally used by wildlife researchers and filmmakers. You may have seen the amazing camera trap footage that the BBC achieved of snow leopards, shown in the first episode of the new Plant Earth II series. Join us on safari and try it for your self. www.ontracksafaris.com
Camera Trap images above are taken from our network of camera traps, in this case from the Thaba Tholo Reserve.

Sunday, 30 October 2016

Take advantage of the weak pound - BOOK A SAFARI NOW

Following on from Brexit the pound is at an all time low, making this the best time ever to buy your safari. Check out the currency convertor on our rates page to see just how much you save now, before the rates stabilise.

Friday, 28 October 2016

Fun at the Orphanage continues

As many of you will know, this year we have had great success with our Saturday morning conservation club at the EVOC orphanage near Acornhoek South Africa.
These children face many challenges in life, beyond that which most of us can comprehend, yet here (as you can see) they can have some fun and enjoy life.
So much so that we have decided to recruit a local teacher to continue this program.
There are several ways that you can contribute towards our community education programs. You can join us on safari, the profits from which help to fund this work. Or you can make a donation via our UK charity www.ontracksfoundation.org 

Saturday, 22 October 2016

How do we keep our prices low?

Even in these uncertain times, we have not increased our prices for our 2017 South African Safaris, making our safaris exceptional value. We're often asked why our South African safaris are offered at such a low price? The answer is very straightforward...When you come on safari with us, you come are on safari with us not a third party. There are no middlemen or agents taking their cut, meaning you pay the real price for your safari.

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Djuma safari 2017

 This years Djuma safari was a great success. Our guests not only enjoyed some great game viewing on several lowveld reserves, but of-course a very special time at Vuyatela game lodge. Hosted by WildEarth director Will Fox they enjoyed game drives at Djuma game reserve and a behind the scenes visit to final control and the DRC to meet the crew and observe pre drive preparations. Plus the On Track Safari Djuma crew party for the entire WildEarth film crew, enabling our guests to enjoy time with the crew in a social setting, where 'everyone' can let their hair down.
We have limited places remaining for our 2017 Djuma specials, so book now to secure your place and while the $-£ rate is so advantageous.
Dates for our 14 day Djuma safaris are:
4th June - 17th June
16th October - 29th October
Or if you prefer our three reserves safari package with Djuma included for just £1995 pps (currently around $2,500)
8th June - 17th June
19th October - 28th October.
This three reserve special includes transfers from Johannesburg, four nights at our safari base and home of the INGWE Leopard Research program Rukiya Safari lodge, followed by three nights at Vuyatela (to coincide with the 14 day Djuma safari group time at Vuyatela, followed by two nights in the luxurious Raptors Retreat in the Blaule Game Reserve.
CLICK HERE to fund out  more

Friday, 30 September 2016

Djuma Safaris 2017 - New special deals

Guests heading out on safari after visiting Final Control
There are just four days left to confirm your place on one of our exclusive Djuma Safaris in 2017.
As a fan of WildEarth and #SafariLive you'll be very familiar with Djuma Game Reserve, which is the base for safari broadcasts and home to the amazing film crew we all know and love. Vuyatela Game Lodge at Djuma joins the DRC (safari crew camp) and has become extremely popular, especially with South African tourists due to it's unique and very successful business model. So much so, that there are only a few available dates remaining in 2017 which we have provisionally booked for WildEarth fans who wish to join our Djuma Safaris. However, we can't hold these dates for long and need to confirm in just four days time.
WildEarth fans on safari with OTS meeting the TV crew
Our exclusive Djuma safaris are not available anywhere else as they are hosted by On Track Safaris CEO and WildEarth Director Will Fox during your stay at Vuyatela Game Lodge. Where you have an opportunity to meet the crew and visit Final Control.
WildEarth director Will Fox with OTS guest Mary visiting FC
In keeping with the feedback we have had from WildEarth fans over the last week or so, we now have two different safaris that will run simultaneously and are available in June and October.
The first is our Djuma Special Safari, which is fantastic value and has proved very popular with WildEarth fans over the last two years. It includes both Vuyatela and Cheetah Plains game lodges as well as our safari base (home of the INGWE Leopard Research program) and Klaserie game reserve.  CLICK HERE for more details.
Our guests enjoying back stage passes to Final Control to see the start of the show
The second (and new) safari package is a special Djuma version of our standard three reserve safari package, whereby we replace one of the three reserves we normally visit with a stay at Vuyatela Game Lodge for just £1,995 pps which at current exchange rates is approximately $2,600 pps.
This special safari is not even listed on our website, however you can CLICK HERE to check out our standard three reserve and just replace the three nights at Umlani Game Lodge with three nights spent at Vuyatela Gmae Lodge at Djuma.
View from Vuyatela Game Lodge of the Djuma Water Hole
We have a very short window to secure these two safaris, so Email Carol today for more information or to make a booking.

Monday, 19 September 2016

What's in a name - Golden/Strawberry Leopards

We have been seeing the now famous but very rare Golden or Strawberry Leopard quite often on our research camera traps.
This example is resident on the Thaba Tholo wilderness reserve, where we have been conducting leopard research for nearly ten years.
Join us on safari at Thaba Tholo 

Sunday, 11 September 2016

Congratulations to Dr Tara

Many of our safari guests will have met Tara Pirie while on safari with us over the last few years. Tara has been leading our leopard research program and working towards her PhD on leopard behaviour through Reading University.
We had some great news last month, when Tara's work was accepted and she is now officially Dr Pirie.
Huge congratulations go to Tara, but the good news doesn't end there. Tara has accepted a post doctoral research role at Reading, which means she will be continuing to work with our leopard program.
For more information on our leopard program, click the about us link on our website www.ontracksafaris.com

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Rhino peril

Rhino are under serious threat from poaching which is a major concern for everyone and has created some very successful (if expensive) anti poaching initiatives.
This year however, there is yet another threat to these animals due to the drought in Africa. This has caused some game reserves to take the unusual step of laying food out for Rhino (and of-course other species that come along). Feeding animals is not the norm and is frowned on in many circles. The theory being that drought is part of the normal cycle in nature. The debate will no doubt continue as to whether we should interfere or not, but at the end of the day, whether it be feeding or anti poaching patrolling, we need to protect this species.

Sunday, 4 September 2016

Excitement of guests and guides alike.

This years safaris have produced some memorable sightings, but what marks this a special year is that we are enjoying some very unusual sightings.
Pangolin and Aardvark are just two of the illusive and secretive species we have seen recently, much to the excitement of guests and guides alike.

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Sunday, 28 August 2016

View to a kill

Dinner time
As safari guides we're sometimes faced with the harsh reality of life in the African bush. By that I mean the often gruesome scene when predators make a kill.
Witnessing a kill is as real as it gets, and reality is after all what separates the safari experience from that of watching TV documentaries.
We are ever conscious of our guests sensibilities and if those scenes are not appropriate for them, then rest assured that we'll maintain our distance. For others we'll endeavour where feasible to offer a view to a kill.
Sleeping lion with a full belly
Written by Will Fox

Sunday, 21 August 2016

What is a game drive vehicle?

We're often asked what a game drive vehicle is? Well, I figure the pictures answer that question.
These are specially adapted 4 x 4 vehicles that have rows of seats for our guests, plus a special seat on the front for a tracker to be able to sit forward and read signs along the road to help find animals.
All in all a great way to experience wildlife.
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Sunday, 14 August 2016

With a little help you can make a difference

On Track Safaris has always supported local rural community schools. Pictured are children from our conservation club with some of the presents donated by On Track Safaris guests.
With a helping hand you can make a real difference
Something as simple as a new pen and some colouring books can make a huge difference.
Join us in Africa

Sunday, 7 August 2016

Overland Botswana - Victoria Falls

New for 2017 our exclusive Overland Safaris are now available. Lead by OTS founder Will Fox, we'll travel from South Africa to Botswana visiting the Okavango Delta.
 We'll then move on to the Chobe National Park
Thereafter we move on to the magnificent Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.
This trip is for those who enjoy the journey as much as the places we visit.
Exploring Africa at our own pace.
Mixing camping in remote places with time spent in lodges and hotels. 
 These safaris are available in May 2017 for up to six people.
 Click here to find out more.