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.

www.ontracksafaris.com

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.

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Great offer for Sabi Sands - 2018 limited availability

Great offer for 2018, our exclusive Sabi Sands packages. 
We have secured the Vuyatela Safari Lodge in Djuma Game Reserve from 15-18 Sept and 1-4 Oct  enabling us to offer exclusive four day safari packages for just £650 ($800) per person sharing. Thats just £162 ($198) per night, including game drives and all meals.
And if you wish to enjoy other game reserves in the greater Kruger Park area, while you are in South Africa, then you can create your own personal safari by adding any of the lodges and reveres we have included in our tailored safaris.
As you might imagine, this special offer is proving very popular and as Vuyatela has only five bed rooms, early booking is recommended, as we have limited places available. CLICK HERE to email Carol and register your interest.

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Wildlife weekend breaks Dorset


 Our new and exclusive weekend breaks, offer opportunities to experience the wildlife activity found in the forests around the Isle of Purbeck, Dorset in Autumn 2017.
Accompanied by local ecologists, you will take morning and evening guided walks in search of rutting deer, foxes, badgers and a multitude of smaller mammals, reptiles, amphibians and birdlife.  All the while, the forests are bursting into colour as autumn unfolds.
From misty mornings as the forest wakes, to hushed evenings as the sunsets, autumn is a magical time to be with nature.

Location
We are focusing on the forests in and around the Isle of Purbeck, as this is an area that On Track Safari founders Will and Carol know well. Key to our developing UK wildlife breaks is the relationships that Will and Carol have forged with local ecologists and wildlife managers through their work in wildlife conservation. That now enables us to offer unique and exclusive wildlife experiences.
The Isle of Purbeck is designated as Area of Outstanding Natural beauty, however, it is not a true island but a peninsula in Eastern Dorset.
Our resident guides have an in-depth knowledge of local wildlife and specialize in the abundant deer species that populate the area, enabling us to offer a unique experience for our guests.
We have a number of forests and woodland where we operate in a 25mile radius of the small market town of Wareham.

Accommodation
There is a wide variety of accommodation available in and around Wareham, from self-catering eco lodges, to guesthouses and country hotels.  We have hand picked a selection of different venues for our guests, so just let us know your preferred style and budget and we can arrange your accommodation. Of-course, you can also arrange your own accommodation if you prefer. 
Camera trapping
We operate a small network of camera traps in the forests in support of local conservation initiatives. As ever our guests will be able to be involved in camera trapping during their weekend with us.

Wildlife Walk and Stalk
Group sizes are limited to a maximum of four.
Prior to arrival you will receive a suggested kit list advising on what to wear and bring with you.
Our aim is to walk and stalk. In the normal course of events, the beginning of each walk will be along woodland paths, where we will look for indicators of a variety of species and investigate each one appropriate. Although our primary aim will be to find deer and larger mammals, as ever we’ll stop to investigate everything large or small, flora or fauna that nature reveals.
It is likely that your walk will culminate in stalking (walking skillfully and stealthily to unobtrusively approach wild animals, without disturbing their natural patterns and activities). We may also sit and wait (hidden) at likely locations, using local knowledge and field craft, to view deer that may well be found in woodland clearings and adjacent meadows.
Although seasonal weather patterns can affect the rut start date, October is normally the time when the Sika deer rut is at its height as the stags fight for dominance.
The duration of each walk and stalk will be for around two hours dependent on what nature provides.
For guests who have arranged their accommodation with us, our guide will meet you at your hotel on your first day, from where you can drive with him or follow him to the pre-selected forest for your evening walk.
For guest who have arrange their accommodation independently, we will supply directions to a pre agreed meeting point.

Duration: Two nights (Friday to Sunday).
Departure: September – Early November.
Walk and Stalks: Friday evening, Saturday morning and evening and Sunday Morning.
Price excluding accommodation £250pp
Contact Carol to register your interest

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Be involved in protecting leopards

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, 19 March 2017

Bumper month for leopards

Last month proved to be a bumper month for leopards, especially pictured on our camera traps.
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.
Written by Will Fox
www.ontracksafaris.com

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Be involved and help to protect leopards


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, 12 March 2017

Thornybush favourite

We have been visiting Thornybush Game Reserve on our safaris since we began in 2007. Over the years it has been the most popular reserve with our guests, with Tangala Safari Lodge being a big hit.
Join us on Safari
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Saturday, 11 March 2017

Come and say hello at the NEC Birmingham

If you can make it to the Photography Show at the NEC Birmingham then pop around to stand J85 and say hello. Will Fox will be there across the show to promote our safaris and let folks know a little more about our work in leopard conservation.
Hope we can see you there.

Thursday, 9 March 2017

The best answer we can give

The question we're asked most frequently at the beginning of a safari is....... "what will we see?" 
Sounds like an easy one to answer and of-course is part of the excitement of coming on safari. But you will find that any guide worth his or her salt, will hesitate to answer.
Sure the game reserves we visit are home to an abundance of wildlife species, but nature calls the tune and on any day we can never be sure of what will happen. After all that is the beauty of a safari.
What we can say is that in over ten years of running safaris we have never failed to delight our guests with wildlife sightings. That's the best answer we can give.

Written by Will Fox
www.ontarcksafaris.com

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Come and say hello at the NEC Birmingham UK



If you can make it to the Photography Show at the NEC Birmingham then pop around to stand J85 and say hello. Will Fox will be there across the show to promote our safaris and let folks know a little more about our work in leopard conservation.
Hope we can see you there.



Saturday, 4 March 2017

Specialist artists safari and workshop

Meet Kerry Kerry Newell.
Our artists workshop safaris welcome artists of all standards to enjoy the creative beauty of a South African safari in the company of international wildlife artist and tutor Kerry Newell. 
We combine the thrill of a wildlife safari with your passion for art, encouraging the development of  artistic skills, while experiencing Africas sensational light, space, abundant wildlife and magnificent landscapes. All the while enjoying luxurious accommodation and our award winning service.
Kerry will lead small groups from beginners to experienced artists (and non-painting partners), to South Africa in 2018.

Kerry Newell is a professional wildlife artist based in Cheshire. Her services as a commissioned artist are sought by clients across the UK and further afield in Australia, America and Switzerland. 
Her mission is to ignite, inspire and encourage the creative flame that lives in all of us and through her exhibitions, teaching and demonstrations, bring about an awareness to the plight of so many of this worlds diverse and beautiful creatures, whilst having the amazing opportunity to combine her lifelong loves of wildlife and art.
Born in rural Leicestershire, England in 1966, Kerry has always held a passion for art and wildlife. Since her first commission of British wildlife at the age of 14, Kerry has grown to become a highly sought after wildlife artist. 
Her keen eye for detail has earned her high recognition with the world famous art material manufacturers Caran d'Ache who commissioned Kerry to produce paintings for their headquarters in Geneva, a collaboration that continues to this day.
Kerry also finds time to share with and inspire others through teaching. And this is undoubtedly where her charismatic and effervescent personality comes into play. 
For whether it's running her Wildlife Art Workshops, demonstrating to art groups and societies, talking to students in schools and colleges, or gently encouraging and guiding an individual through 1:1 tuition, Kerry has without any doubt a very rare quality of wanting to share her talents with others. This generosity to share coupled with her capacity as a patient conscientious teacher and her absolute passion for the subjects she portrays inevitably creates a confidence that is both tangible and better still contagious to all who have the privilege of knowing her.


Thursday, 2 March 2017

On reflection

Rivers, waterholes and dams are obviously a great place to see and photograph wildlife, which is why all of our safaris ensure we maximise opportunities to visit water while on game drive.
Of-course our safari base (Rukiya Safari Lodge) sits on the banks of the Blyde river providing game viewing opportunities even while in camp.
Join us on safari www.ontracksafaris.com


Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Specialist photography workshop safaris in 2018

Phil Gould
We're pleased to announce that we have joined forces with international award winning wildlife photographer Phil Gould. Phil is the author of 365 Photography Days and also runs wildlife courses for the Jessops Academy in the UK.
Phil will be running photography safaris in 2018 with On Track Safaris, both in India (March 2018) and South Africa (September 2018).
Places on these special safaris are limited to six persons, for more details CLICK HERE.


Wednesday, 8 February 2017

On Track Safaris joins TOFT Tigers conservation initiative

As ever, our safaris aim to fund and support local conservation initiatives in the area which we operate. For example for the past ten years (and for the foreseeable future) OTS has funded our work with Leopards in South Africa.
We are now operating safaris in India and as a result we have joined the TOFT Tigers conservation group funding and supporting Tiger conservation initiatives in India.
CLICK HERE for more info on our Indian safari itineraries

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Memories that will last a lifetime

Of-course we love all wildlife, but it's fair to say that working with big cats was the main reason that Carol and I first moved to Africa and subsequently the common denominator on why we select new safari locations. Whether it's Lions, Tigers, or Leopards, big cats remain my favourite.
 Join us on safari in South Africa or India for memories that will last a lifetime.
www.ontracksafaris.com