Sunday, 25 June 2017

Amazing Djuma

Djuma game reserve in the Sabi Sands (South Africa) never fails to produce amazing safari experiences for our guests.
The book is now open for our big cat special safari in 2018 that includes time at Djuma. We have a few places left on this small group safari which focuses on Africa's big cats, but of-course we'll also see an awful to more. Email Carol or more information.






Saturday, 24 June 2017

Overland 2018

This years overland tours have been a great success. We've enjoyed some wonderful times travelling through Botswana and on to Victoria Falls. So much so, that we will be running another overland trip in 2018 departing Johannesburg on the 13th May. Highlights of the trip are time spent in the Okavango Delta, Moremi National Park, Chobe National Park and Victoria Falls. A true safari experience and best of all at 1/3 of the price of a fly in safari. CLICK HERE to read the full itinerary and then check out our rates page for prices.
We have limited avaiability for this special safari, so Email us now to register your interest and secure a non commitment place.

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Latest in our safari portfolio

Ivory Wilderness Lodge is now included in our safari portfolio. The lodge is situated on the banks of the Klaserie River, with the reserve of the same name. Where the manger Warren's family go back many generations, offering a unique insight into the history and moreover unparalleled access to the surrounding wilderness. The pictures below were all taken by Warren, who, as well as being an experienced guide is a highly skilled photographer. Contact us today for special safari deals that include time at Ivory Wilderness Lodge.





Saturday, 10 June 2017

Your safari home from home

Rukiya Safari Camp is the base for most of our South African Safaris.  Set on the banks of the Blyde River,  Rukiya offers our guests a home from home in Africa.
There are just six luxurious safari tents in camp, providing tranquility in camp. There is also adventure when on safari, with exclusive game drives in a private concession within the Kruger Park.
This is glamping plus, plus. Each luxury tent has been stylishly furnished, in sympathy with the environment.
Join an On Track Safari in South Africa.
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Sunday, 4 June 2017

Over-landing is a great way to see Africa which is no doubt why our Botswana and Vic Falls overland safari are very popular.
We will be running another of these 14 day trips in 2018, starting on Sunday 13th May.
Beginning and ending at Johannesburg airport we first travel through to Botswana and the Okavango Delta, before the Moremi and Chobe National Parks, ending in Zimbabwe at Victoria Falls with a flight back to Johannesburg.
 
Register your interest now for this exclusive trip, we have limited places available, so early booking is recommended.
CLICK HERE for more information and contact Carol to register your interest.

Sunday, 28 May 2017

African sunsets

Sunset is always a magical time in Africa and none more than when on safari. These pics were taken on various nights that were spent on the Chobe River during our latest Botswana and Vic Falls overland safari.
We will be running another of these unique 14 day overland trips in 2018, starting on Sunday 13th May. Beginning and ending at Johannesburg airport we first travel through to Botswana and the Okavango Delta, before the Moremi and Chobe National Parks, ending in Zimbabwe at Victoria Falls with a flight back to Johannesburg.
Register your interest now for this exclusive trip, we have limited places available, so early booking is recommended.
CLICK HERE to find out more and then contact Carol

Morning meeting but what is on the agenda.

Wherever we travel on safari, primates are usually entertaining. Whether it be Baboons or cheeky Vervet monkeys in Southern Africa, Gorillas and Chimps in Uganda. Or as seen above Langur monkeys in India.
We came across this morning meeting in the Pench National Park. Who knows what was on the agenda.
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Saturday, 27 May 2017

Victoria Falls special for our clients

Whether you wish to include a Victoria Falls excursion in one of our safaris, or stand alone trip, it is undoubtedly one of the wonders of the natural world, which everyone should try to visit.
There is  a footpath that follows the contour of the falls on the opposite bank, which offers some great views. However, the view from the air is something very special as can be seen from the pics. Short helicopter trips are available every day, and On Track Safaris is now able to offer a special discount rate for a chance in a lifetime helicopter ride over the falls.
Check out our website or contact Carol for more information.
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Sunday, 21 May 2017

Photographic safaris

I'm often asked, whether we cater for photographic safaris. It's a question that has (in the past) given me pause to think. What exactly is the difference between a photographic safari and any other form of safari? After all, we specialise in wildlife and enabling our safari guests to view wild creatures, ethically, in their natural environment.
Whether through binoculars, a lens, or just enjoying watching, viewing wildlife is what we do.
Indian Roller
Of-course, our guides are all experienced photographers in their own right and understand the needs of dedicated photographers.
Whether in India or Africa our aim is to show you the huge variety of wildlife. From Lions to Tigers. Its what e do.

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Thursday, 18 May 2017

Overland Botswana

We're on the penultimate leg of our overland Botswana safari. Great sightings and country all along the journey from the Okavango Delta through the Moremi and Chobe National Parks. We mix nights spent in lodges with wild camping in roof top tents.
Above two of our guests are enjoying watching an Elephant walking close to camp. 
Below a magical sunrise seen through a hole in a tree at one of our campsites.

Join us on an overland safari in 2018. Email carol@ontracksafaris.com for more info

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Fantastic Indian Lodges

Whether in Africa or India, we hand pick all of the safari lodges that we include in our safaris. We select small intimate venues that offer luxury as well as a green ethos.
Tree house lodge in Pench, India is a great example. Five tree houses set in the grounds surrounding the main dining room and bar (seen below). Each designed to utilise local crafts and resources and employing a minimum of 75% local staff.

Join us on an Indian Safari

Sunday, 7 May 2017

BMW a magnificent Tiger

Meet BMW, a huge male Tiger who resides in Pench National Park India.
Apparently, his stripe pattern includes a BMW!
I spent some time with this cat on our last Indian safari and to be honest, couldn't make out a BMW shape, but regardless, BMW is a magnificent Tiger. It was an absolute privilege to spend a morning in his company watching him moving regularly from shade to a waterhole.
Be there and enjoy Indian wildlife for yourself. Join one our Indian Safaris for memories that will last a lifetime.

Written by Will Fox

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Banyan Tree

The Banyan Tree is found throughout central India and there are many examples within the National Parks that we visit on safari.
The example above is one tree, which is constantly growing outwards as branches dip to the ground and root. Some grow to a circumference of 100m!

Join us on an Indian Safari

Monday, 1 May 2017

Tigers and Leopards

It will come as no surprise that as with all On Track Safaris, we are keen to find leopards, wherever we are. In this case Indian Leopards.
Tigers and Leopards, who could ask for more. Join us on an Indian Safari.

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Elephant back rangers

Ranger on Tiger Patrol - Kanha NP
While on safari in India, it is likely that you will come across National Park rangers on patrol, mounted on Elephants. 
Riding Elephants (while traditional in India) is undoubtedly a controversial subject and one that includes cultural and conservation elements as well as animals welfare considerations.
A young Elephant under training
To be honest I am uncomfortable with Elephants being ridden at all, and we do not support Elephant back riding for tourists.
During my recent Indian safari, I talked to a few of the Mahout's and Forestry rangers to try to better understand their issues and need to be mounted on Elephants. Without doubt, I met individuals who cared for their animals, both Elephant and Tigers. Elephants are used to transport the rangers into the jungle where vehicle access is not possible, to monitor the resident Tigers. Which in turn, appear to tolerate Elephants and therefore the impact on Tiger behaviour is minimised.
I met with one Mahout who (while he was caring for a sick Tiger in dense jungle), was able to get relatively close to the stricken Tiger on Elephant back, at which point he bravely dismounted to pour water over the sick Tiger in order to offer some respite from the heat and to cool it down as it lay incapacitated in the jungle. Thankfully that Tiger recovered.
On patrol in the dense jungle
What we can say is that the conservation efforts of the Forestry department and indeed government overall, has lead to a significant increase in the number of Tigers in the National Parks. A matter that is worthy of congratulations and celebration and rangers mounted on Elephants have no doubt assisted in the success. Alternate methods for monitoring Tigers are being sought, which leaves the question of what would happen to the Elephants that currently patrolling? It's likely that Elephant backed patrols will be phased out over time, which will is probably the best solution for domestic Elephants.

Written by Will Fox

Be part of our conservation work


There are several ways that you can support our work in leopard conservation. For example by joining any of our African safaris. Or if you can't make it to South Africa then the next best thing is to become a member of our camera trappers club and we'll bring South Africa to you.
As part of our leopard research program we have a network of camera traps operating in game reserves in Mpumalanga and Limpopo, South Africa, monitored by our research team.
You can be part of our Camera trapper club and help us to protect leopards. Just follow this LINK and click the Camera Trapper icon.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Ambitious

Lions may be at the top of the food chain in the Kruger National Park, but sometimes ambition can out weigh common sense.
The Rhino took no interest in the nearby pride and even ignored the approaching female.
Sometimes its all about size.

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Saturday, 22 April 2017

Whale watching on safari

South Africa offers a unique opportunity to enjoy a mixed bush and marine safari.
Combine a big five wildlife safari with whale watching with On Track Safaris.

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Be a camera trapper

There are several ways that you can support our work in leopard conservation. For example by joining any of our African safaris. Or if you can't make it to South Africa then the next best thing is to become a member of our camera trappers club and we'll bring South Africa to you.
As part of our leopard research program we have a network of camera traps operating in game reserves in Mpumalanga and Limpopo, South Africa, monitored by our research team.
You can be part of our Camera trapper club and help us to protect leopards. Just follow this LINK and click the Camera Trapper icon.