We're gradually building up a picture of the behaviour of leopards on the WildRivers Nature Reserve, Limpopo, South Africa. Our research has been ongoing for the last fourteen months and we still have a long way to go, but we're seeing some very interesting behaviour.
Rukiya Safari Camp on the WildRivers reserve is our safari base, which means our guests get a unique insight into not only the leopard behaviour, but many other predators that we catch on our network of research camera traps. Spotted Hyena, Honey Badger, Civet, Genet, Jackal and of late Wild Dogs!
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What are your safari vehicles like?
|South Africa - Land Rover 110 at Rukiya Safari Camp|
"What type of vehicles do you use on safari?"
It's a very easy one to answer. Mainly because in terms of make and style there are only a small number of 4x4's that are both up to the job and can be readily adapted for game viewing.
|India - Maruti Suzuki better know as a Gypsy|
Of-course open vehicles that have been special adapted for game viewing, are the number one choice.
|India - Gypsy also serves as a breakfast bar|
And when it does to stopping for breakfast or snacks mid game drive, the vehicle comes in very handy.
|South Africa - breakfast in a dry river bed|
In South Africa, there is often need for a tracker to assist in finding animals, so a special tracker seat is installed over the front of the vehicle to allow the tracker to well.....read the sign and track!
Stunning safari extension - Darjeeling, India
Our five day Darjeeling extension can be added to any of our safaris and offers a chance to finish your India trip with an relaxing stay at the idyllic Glenburn Tea Estate overlooking the Himalayan mountains. You can explore the plantations and villages within the tea estate, nature and bird walks, overnights in the log cabin by the river Rangeet, picnics in the tea gardens, tea tours and excursions around Darjeeling.
Glenburn is a heavenly plantation retreat that lies on a hillock above the banks of the River Rungeet, high in the Himalayas, overlooked by the mighty Kanchenjunga mountain range.
Started by a Scottish tea company in 1859, Glenburn then passed into the hands of one of India’s pioneering tea planting families, who over the years, come to be known as the “Chaiwala family“ - which literally means “tea planters“.
The main house is a restored tea planter’s bungalow with 4 attractive suites and a romantic veranda offering exquisite views out to the Himalayas. Tucked below the hill is an additional bungalow with another 4 stunning suites and a cosy sitting room with a log fire. There's pampering service, delicious food and a choice of hikes from an hour to a day. Learn how tea is made, cross the hanging bridge into Sikkim, spot birds and butterflies, roam the estate in a 4x4, or sit and sketch the stunning landscapes. Head off to the stilted lodge, set on a private river, for lamplit dinners, stargazing or trout fishing. You’ll find privacy and inspiration here.
South Africas Indian influence - Gandhi
As we expand our safaris across Africa and India, the links between the two continents become more and more prevalent. Not only in wildlife conservation, but also in historical links which pop up everywhere.
For example: In South Africa, we often have lunch at Satara rest camp during a day trip in the Kruger National Park. The name Satara sounds authentically African, but actually originates from the Hindu word for seventeen. It seems the original surveyor who named the farms in the Kruger Park, had exhausted his list of possible farm names when he reached the seventeenth farm to be mapped. His Indian assistant offered up Satara and the rest is history.
Of-course one of the most well known historical figures to span the two continents was Gandhi.
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (his birth name) arrived in South Africa in 1893 at the relatively tender age of 24 as a newly qualified lawyer on a temporary assignment to act on behalf of a local Indian trader in a commercial dispute. What was meant to be a short stopgap for the struggling young lawyer turned into a 21-year stay. By the time Gandhi left South Africa for the last time in 1914, he had already earned the appellation Mahatma (or Great Soul) for his work in securing significant legal concessions for the local Indian population in South Africa.
Written by Will Fox
Where does the money go?
|Classroom has a new roof|
Over the last ten years On Track Safaris has funded many conservation, research and education projects. I've included the details of just a few here, however the exciting news is that as On Track Safaris becomes more successful, then we have more money to fund even more programmes.
|Computers for rural schools|
|Working to prevent this happening again|
|Rescuing and relocating leopards|
|Research into leopards numbers helped to ban leopard hunting|
Join us On Safari and you will not only enjoy a wonderful safari experience, but you'll be funding conservation and wildlife education for future generations.
Written by Will Foxwww.ontracksafaris.com
Botswana highlights from this years 4x4 Overland safari
|As ever with our safaris wildlife sightings are high on the agenda|
We will be running our special Botswana and Vic Falls overland safari again in May 2018. Here are a few highlights from our 2017 trip to whet your appetite.
Our overland route takes us from Johannesburg through Botswana to the Okavango Delta and then North East through the Moremi National Park and Chobe National Parks, before crossing into Zimbabwe to Victoria Falls.
Although we mix and match accommodation styles along the way, including lodges and hotels, the major highlights for our guests is enjoying the freedom to travel by 4 x 4 vehicle to camp in some wild locations. The spacious roof top tents offer a comfortable nights sleep up above any animals that move through our camp at night.
|4x4 vehicles with roof top tents|
The Okavango Delta is on many peoples bucket list of places to visit and rightfully so. A day on the delta being punted along in a Mokoro is a great way to explore this vast waterway accompanied by local guides.
|Mokoro on the Okavango Delta|
From the Okavango Delta we head North East on sandy bush tracks, into the Moremi National Park, where we travel to two different camps. Magical days start with a bush breakfast prepared by our guides, then traveling slowly through the reserve, stopping to view the abundant game and bird life along the way. And then at the end of the day, we enjoy dinner around the camp fire reliving the days events.
Continuing North East we enter the Chobe National Park, which is without doubt Elephant central. This year we saw more than five hundred Elephants in the reserve, along with many many other species. Lions re also abundant in this area and its not unusual to find them using the same roads as we do.
Once we reach the Chobe river, we spend a few nights enjoying the area, including a boat trip on the river itself. Viewing game from the water is always a special time, and in this case is enhanced by the area being probably the only place in the world where you will frequently see Elephant swimming as they criss-cross the huge river.
On our final days we cross our second border into Zimbabwe and the world famous Victoria Falls. Another must see for everyone who enjoys nature.
The book is now open for our next special overland safari in May 2018, offering amazing value. CLICK HERE
for more information. We have limited places available, so book now to secure your place. I'm already looking forward to leading this trip and enjoying some real safari experiences with you.
Written by Will Fox
On Track Safaris CEO
Victoria Falls from the air
A helicopter ride over the Victoria Falls offers an amazing view of one of the natural wonders of the world.
On Track Safaris has secured a special deal for our guests who wish to opt for a helicopter trip.Click here
to find out more about our Victoria Falls package.
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.
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
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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.