Thursday, 26 May 2016

A wack from a leopard

Its not every day that we see Leopards fighting. We came across the scene above while on safari, where there were actually three leopards in close proximity. A recent kill had been taken away by hyenas leaving the normally solitary leopards to take it out on each other.
That paw spells trouble. But both cats lived to fight another day.

Written by Will Fox
www.ontracksafaris.com

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Who couldn't love a hyena

Ok, so its fair to say that babies are nearly always cute and Hyena cubs are no exception.
 Who couldn't love them
But if we put aside the false impressions we have from cartoons and the like, you will find that hyena are fantastic creatures.

Written by Will Fox
www.ontracksafaris.com

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Big Five but which Rhino counts?


The term 'big five' meaning Elephant, Leopard, Lion, Buffalo and Rhino is a term that is now used by some to talk about safaris. But not us. We believe in looking at everything, big or small, its all part of a safari.
But for those who do want focus on the big five, please remember it is black rhino not white rhino that make up the five.
Rhino are under significant threat from poaching so we would never say where a photograph was taken, but as above we often see black rhino on our safaris.

Written by Will Fox
www.ontracksafaris.com

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Drooling Leopards

Drooling Leopard
Seeing a leopard drooling is not an everyday occurrence on safari. It usually means the cat is frightened or at least unhappy about something. That something is often hard to understand, but in this case it was very straightforward.
A second cat was close by and the two most definitely did not get along.

Written by Will Fox
www.ontracksafaris.com

Saturday, 14 May 2016

Tangala reopens - Just like old times

View from the lounge
Until it closed its doors in 2014 Tangala safari lodge in the Thornybush game reserve was always a favourite with out safari guests. Many of whom came back year on year just to enjoy the serenity and magical game viewing at Tangala.
We had some great news last week when we heard that Tangala has reopened for business and of-course Carol and I rushed over to meet the new managers.
Carol at Tangala this week - still a magical place
There have been a few upgrades including new accommodation, but that has only enhanced the old place. Established in 1945 this is a true bush lodge, with a homely atmosphere that is exactly what we look for.
Thorny bush Leopard
And of-course the game viewing in Thornybush game reserve is amongst the best in the world. Just three mins from Tangala we came across this lovely leopard (one of three in the sighting).
Its all about the view
As many of our guest will tell you, the views over the waterhole at Tangala are amazing. It was like returning home for us as we were met with Buffalo wallowing in the mud when we arrived. Just like old times.

Written by Will Fox
www.ontracksafaris.com

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Funjwa Primary School needs your help

As many of you will know, we have always supported local rural schools in Africa. With donations from our safari guests we have helped many schools and now we have the next school that has asked for our support.
Of-course we aim to teach the children about wildlife conservation, but before we can do that we need to ensure that the facilities are up to standard. For example 750 children have only the small toilet block seen in the picture. They need more.
The children have been encouraged to grow their own vegetables, but a lack of water from an inadequate bore hole means the crops have all died. And remember it isn't just a case of popping to the shop for more.
The kitchen facilities are...well...none existent. They need a proper kitchen, so that the children can get at least one hot meal per day.

Funjwa Primary School is our biggest challenge yet, but one we aim to meet.

Please click here to donate. Even a small sum can make a difference in Africa

Written by Will Fox