Information about On Track Safaris
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On Track Safaris was formed by wildlife conservationists Will and Carol Fox to offer something more than the ‘run of the mill’ safari experiences that are available elsewhere. Will and Carol hand pick and oversee each safari, providing the personal service and wildlife conservation expertise that lies at the very heart of our company.
Many of our Safari guests want to know more about how On Track Safaris founders Will and Carol. We hope this biography briefly tells their story.

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Wildlife conservationists Will and Carol Fox formed On Track Safaris in 2007 with two aims. First to offer a unique and fresh safari experience that went beyond the run of the mill safaris on offer elsewhere. But also (and as importantly), to help fund their work in conservation.
As Will says, “Conservation and tourism must work hand in hand. After all if we don’t conserve wildlife there will be nothing for tourists to see. The reality is that conservation can’t rely solely on donations, it must be sustainable and that’s where tourism comes in. It’s a privilege for Carol and I to be able to enable our guests the opportunity to ‘be there’ and enjoy our unique wildlife safaris ”.

Will was born in North Yorkshire, United Kingdom where from an early age he developed a passion for wildlife. While perhaps not being politically correct today, in those days it was local Game Keepers who were his tutors teaching him field craft, the value of conservation and the need for balance in nature.
Carol was also born in North Yorkshire where the couple met in 1979.

Carol and Will were married in 1982 and their daughter Jennifer came along two years later. Soon after they moved to Dorset on the south coast of England to enjoy a better climate and the lush countryside.
The next twenty years saw Will travelling the world working in Oil Exploration and (following the first Gulf war), a five-year consultancy role with the British Ministry of Defence. All the while Carol followed a career in bookkeeping and accountancy.
Both were fruitful careers, but hardly ones that involved wildlife. The saving grace for Will was that this lifestyle of travelling away for work, offered long leave periods at home where Will and Carol had strong ties with local wildlife projects. Every spare moment was spent in the English countryside, where they were hands-on managing many wildlife and habitat programs.
Family is very important to the couple and so the dream of working with wildlife on other continents was put on hold until the time was right. For the time being their involvement was limited to safari holidays and short visits assisting conservation projects. However, a chance meeting on one such trip in 2003 saw them quitting their jobs and finally moving to South Africa.

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By sheer serendipity they happened to briefly meet the then Manager of the INGWE Leopard Project. It was while hearing about the issues facing leopards in Africa that a desire to make a real difference in wildlife conservation was re-ignited. As Carol says “a light came on, and we knew that our next adventure would be working to conserve leopards”.

Moving to Africa to join the INGWE Leopard researchers wasn’t without its challenges. But Will and Carol threw themselves into those challenges, which took them from rookie researcher’s living in a remote cottage in the bush and camera trapping in the Lydenburg mountains; to becoming managers of the reborn INGWE Leopard Research program. The skills and experiences that they had gained elsewhere came to fruition to make a significant contribution to wildlife conservation.
Along the way they also founded the Leutla Conservancy (a protected area of like-minded landowners), were instrumental in creating Kudu Private Nature Reserve and formed a South African non-profit organisation Protecting African Wildlife (PAW) Conservation Trust. Will was the founding Chairman of PAW, and together Will and Carol managed and steered PAW to become an established contributor to wildlife conservation and community education.

As Will (a lifelong football fan) says “being involved with wildlife, and moving from the UK to Africa is like going from playing in the English 4th division to suddenly being in the Premier League. The basics are the same, but there is a lot more to learn”.

Serendipity again played its part, when Will and Carol met master wildlife trapper Dairen Simpson from the USA, who has since become a great friend. Over a five year period Will trained with Dairen catching Lion, Leopard, Cheetah and Hyena for conservation projects. Will learned the intricate and often-subtle field craft, techniques and understanding of animal behavior needed to capture and work with large predators (either to relocate an endangered animal or for researchers to fit a tracking collar). After years of training alongside Dairen, Will now works independently especially with Leopards and Hyena, but he still manages to fit in the odd trapping expedition somewhere in the world with his old friend. “You’re always learning”!

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In all aspects of their life, Will and Carol are involved with wildlife. Leopard conservation, is at the very heart of what they do. They are also passionate about wildlife education and telling the real story from the African bush.
In 2010 they invested in, and Will became a Director of,
WildEarth Media, producing LIVE wildlife safari TV shows from the African bush. They have also worked in several wildlife documentaries and Will has directed many of WildEarth’s TV shows, broadcasting LIVE to viewers around the world and especially in North America with the National Geographic channel.

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From their first days with the INGWE project it was very evident to Will and Carol that funding conservation required a fresh approach. During what they now call their first careers Will and Carol had gained significant experience in project management and accountancy and knew things needed to evolve and change.
And so, in 2007, they formed On Track Safaris, not only to raise funds for their work in conservation, but as importantly to offer their guests a unique and immersive safari experience. Their aim was to create a safari experience that weaves together all the elements one expects from an African safari with a modern twist, offering a real insight into real wildlife conservation. Each itinerary is hand picked by Will and Carol and each safari is (in reality), the safari they would take themselves. Since its inception OTS has developed and grown in standing to become a leader in African safaris. Carol was present at the World Responsible Travel awards in London in November 2014 when they were awarded for their work in wildlife conservation. Will is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a visiting Research Fellow with Reading University and often lectures on wildlife conservation and sustainable tourism.
In 2014 they created the On Track Foundation, a UK charity that receives the net profits from On Track Safaris and under the management of its board of trustees funds wildlife conservation and education programs in Africa and India.
The future looks bright for On Track Safaris and for their work in conservation.


As each element that they are involved in grows and develops, new people are joining their team, bringing fresh ideas but always remaining true to Will and Carols ethos, or better put, staying On Track!



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Wildlife Safari Specialists

Our award winning packages offer a safari experience that weaves together all the elements one expects from a safari while contributing to wildlife conservation. Each itinerary is hand picked by Will and Carol but moreover has been honed and crafted over many years in line with our guests feedback to evolve into the award winning packages we offer.
An On Track Safari provides all of the features that are expected in a safari: personal service, stylish accommodation and great game viewing. But we go one step further. We throw away any tourist rhetoric and want you to be able to ‘be involved’ and enjoy real wildlife experiences. We specialise in small group wildlife conservation safaris in support of wildlife conservation.  This means that we can offer a personal service and flexibility to cater for any specific requirements and needs that you may have. Whether your preference is to see a broad-brush of general wildlife, or something specific, or if you would like to visit one of our community projects, be hands on, or sit back and let us take the strain, whatever you prefer we'll do our best to provide.
For example, when in Africa, everyone hopes to see the infamous big five when on Safari (Rhino, Elephant, Lion, Leopard and Buffalo), and of-course soak up the atmosphere, sights and sounds of the bush. We aim to provide all those things (mother nature permitting), but more than that, we want you to gain an insight into the real African bush, perhaps to understand what a Leopard track looks like and how it is just like a finger print, or understand what the barking noise you heard during the night meant (alarm call of a bush buck, who knows a predator is around), or what that smell of pop corn means as you pass a bush (female leopard in oestrous).
Of-course a safari wouldn’t be a safari without enjoying the quality accommodation and fantastic venues that are included in each of our tours.
We know that its important to be able to plan your safari costs and avoid any hidden extras. Quite simply, we don't believe in hidden extras, so we aim to provide an all inclusive price and if there are any additions to that one off price, they will be clearly shown on your itinerary.
When you join any of our South African safaris, we provide opportunities for you to be involved with our work in conservation and particularly with Leopards. You’ll meet and be involved with our team of conservationists, help to set trail cameras to monitor the nightly happenings.
Or when in India to know that funds from your safari are helping to support Tiger Guardian programs and Tiger conservation.
Let us know what you want from your safari and together we can make your time with us an experience that will provide memories to last a lifetime.

Also check out the amazing video footage on, all filmed on safari.


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We’ve added a selection of our reviews below.
You can check out more independent reviews by either following the link to Safari Reviews below or by visiting our Responsible Travel Page and following the reviews link.
Our safari guests start out as clients and swiftly become friends, many are happy to be contacted directly for their views. Just let us know if you would like to do this and we’ll put you in touch with our Safari friends.

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CLICK THE LINKS ABOVE TO READ THE LATEST GUEST REVIEWS OF OUR SAFARIS

Sample reviews:
In short, a first class experience.
First safari so no expectations but suspect the bar has been set so high that the next trip will have to be lead by Sir David Attenborough himself to surpass it.
Well chosen reserves, wonderfully curated for a unique and rewarding experience you wouldn't know you'd missed if attempting the trip by yourself or a travel agent.
One can never guarantee sightings (except maybe impala) but we saw all that we hoped for and then some. The best part is witnessing natural animal behaviours - and having guides who can track, teach and look after you. Their enthusiasm was so great that one of us has become a bird watcher!
As a vegetarian, definite effort was made to cater for different diets. Food was not bland and most certainly did not go hungry.
Will and Carol were passionate about giving us the best trip with every detail considered. Communication was excellent from the first enquiry and throughout, leaving us feeling confident and informed.
In short, a first class experience. We were looking for an Eco-friendly company, we had a wonderful time and found excellent value for money.

An outstanding trip that I would really recommend.
This is a small company organising small group safari with an emphasis on conservation.
Carol planned an excellent safari for us visiting a variety of outstanding lodges and a camp.
The Rukiya Safari camp was more like glamping as each tent had its own facilities . Lilly and Conrad are joint owners and run a very friendly and efficient camp and game drives. the food is excellent and so were the drives. Need to take warm clothes for the drive to the reserve as it can be cold early in the morning. Given the opportunity to set a camera trap to see what animals passed by during our whole safari and we were lucky to leopard, zebra, etc. Conrad's knowledge of the bush and tracking skills were excellent ensuring us magical sightings.
Raptors retreat was a 5 star lodge with elephants visiting their water hole as well as our plunge pool! Keith and Charmain run a wonderful lodge and great game drives directly from the lodge.
Senelala safari camp on the Klasserie Reserve was great. Small thatched houses to live in and all inclusive including help yourself bar. Game drives were excellent. another lodge with a watering hole where you could sit and watch animals come and go all day.
Montana lodge on the thorny bush reserve was amazing. Lovely lodges with excellent food. The game drives ensured you had the opportunity to try to see all the big 5, and we did on 2 occasions as well as spend time just sitting and observing the animal behaviour.

We saw the big 5 many times over and much more besides
I was very pleased with the itinerary On Track Safaris devised for our trip and the organisation was excellent. We experienced a range of accomodation options during our stay, with each offering something a little different. The food and service received in the lodges were of a very high quality. Most importantly, the wildlife guides and frackers were superb, with many going the extra mile to make the game drives and bush walks truly memorable. We saw the big 5 many times over and much more besides. I have now become an avid bird watcher! A personal and professional service with the added bonus of helping support a leopard conservation project.

A Big thank you to On Track Safaris !!!
I just had the best time of my life on the Safari organised by On Track Safaris. Carol took the time to set up different camps for me. Met at the Tambo airport by a helpful driver. He was the driver who also picked the group of 4 up to transport us to the different camps. Every camp was special in it's own way.The guides at all the lodges were very knowledgeable, telling us lots about the habits of the animals and birds.The big 5 were seen twice on this trip. Spectacular sightings of animals, birds and flowers.It was hard not to get too excited and shout out when seeing an animal. We had to stay calm so not to frighten the animals. Wow factor all the time. The food was very good, fresh and tasty. Sunrise tours and sunset tours were also spectacular. A visit to Moholoholo wildlife rehab centre was also organised, that was special to see. I would recommend On Track Safari to anyone. Any extra money left over from the cost goes to Ingwe Leopard Research which Carol and her husband Will are passionate about. A Big thank you to On Track Safaris !!!

Would recommend them to anyone considering a safari.
We are novices when it comes to Safaris and Carol helped me out by creating a safari that would provide us with a varied itinerary and chance to view the Big 5. We experienced a variety of accommodation, from a tented camp through a luxury lodge. Our hosts at each stay were friendly and knowledgeable and more importantly, I felt perfectly safe with them, so long as I followed their instructions.
We got to see the Big 5 a number of times over, and so much more besides. Being with such experienced guides meant we were able to get really close without causing any distress to the animals. Also learned lots about the animals and their behaviour as well as the challenges going forward.
As On Track Safaris use the profits from the safari to fund leopard research, it feels like we have done something positive as well as having a wonderful holiday. Would recommend them to anyone considering a safari.

The entire trip was amazing! I couldn't have asked for anything better.
I was seeking a safari company who also gave back to the community. I found that (and more!) with On Track Safaris. The money made from their safaris go to fund INGWE Leopard Research, a nonprofit dedicated to the study and conservation of leopards.
The trip was wonderful! After being picked up by Elliott at OR Tambo in JoBurg, we took a long scenic drive out to Will and Carol Fox's home in Hoedspruit where we spent not only our first night, but then a couple of additional nights a few days later. Will and Carol are wonderful hosts who are incredibly kind, gracious, and knowledgeable about the bush.
After our first night in Hoedspruit, we transferred to the Wild Rivers Nature Reserve and moved in to Rukiya Safari Camp. Hands down, this was my favorite place to stay throughout the whole trip. It's a tented camp situated on the banks of the Blyde River. Don't let the tents fool you, though. The inside, while simple, have the comfort of any five-star lodge or hotel. The en-suite bathroom is bigger than my bathroom at home! Conraad and Lily could not have been more wonderful. Conraad is an excellent guide and tracker; drives with him were always an adventure. Lily kept the homefires going and always greeted us with a warm smile when we returned. They are two of the nicest people I've ever met!
Raptor Retreat at Balule was great! It was like staying at the Four Seasons in the middle of the African bush. While the high-end luxury isn't exactly my style, I don't have anything negative to say about it. Keith and Sharmaine are great. The food is beyond amazing! And they have a tame wildebeest called Hayley and a tame impala called Missy (with her babies!) who often visit the property. We didn't see much on drives, but that's the African bush for you... always unpredictable. We did, however, see a brand new baby giraffe - no more than a couple days old. Super cute!
We went back to Hoedspruit for two nights and spent one full day at the Kruger. Elliott spent the entire day with us and we saw LOTS! It was a super hot day, so the respite in the middle of the day at the rest center was VERY welcome. It was a long, tiring day, but very much worth it!
From there, we transferred to Thornybush where I stayed at Monwana. But before that, we stopped at the Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre. I was VERY excited for this for two reasons: 1) Stoffel, the bad ass, escape artist honey badger; and 2) Doo Doo the Southern Ground Hornbill. They do some incredible work there and I was happy to see it and support their rescue efforts.
Monwana was BEAUTIFUL! A very small lodge with a large water hole on the property that brings all sorts of animals to the grounds. There was a rhino mother and calf pair who were down there both afternoons I was there. Beautiful! Shelley and a wonderful hostess, making sure I always had what I needed. Ruan was an incredible guide and super knowledgeable about not only the animals in the area, but all animals in general.
I ended my trip at Klaserie at Senalala. That place is amazing! I was the only guest at the camp my first night, so I had both guides - HJ and Darryn - providing me with a personalized afternoon drive and another one in the morning. I witnessed my first ever kill in Africa! A lilac breasted roller swooped down to the road in front of us to get his centipede. It was incredible!
Overall, the entire trip was amazing! I couldn't have asked for anything better. Everyone - from Will and Carol to our OTS guide Elliott to the staff at all the lodges - made sure that my comfort and enjoyment were top priority. I wouldn't hesitate to book with On Track Safaris again in the future.





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The On Track Foundation is a UK charity (Reg Charity No 1158893).
Our principal aim is the conservation, protection and improvement of the natural environment and sustainable wildlife management.
We achieve these aims by backing wildlife conservation, research, education, cultural preservation and conservation projects.

The foundations work aims to benefit wildlife conservation projects that are researching and or protecting endangered or vulnerable species and in doing so also educate local communities as to the value of protecting those species. It is by creating an understanding of the value of the presence of wildlife species with local communities that we can enable sustainable wildlife conservation.

Our main focus is to assimilate data on the behaviour and density of the African leopard, by offering support to approved research projects.

The On Track Foundation is supported by On Track Safaris in the form of unencumbered annual donations sufficient to cover the foundations administration costs and provide additional funding to the foundation.

Background
Over the last ten years, the founder (Mr William Fox) has worked in support of wildlife conservation projects in several countries, primarily in South Africa. This has lead to an in-depth understanding of the specific needs for charitable support to back small-scale conservation projects that are too small to appear on the radar of large conservation charities and aid organizations. Nevertheless it is these small projects that are addressing local conservation efforts and are in need of support.
Our aims
The On Track Foundation aims to back holistic solutions to local community issues pertaining to the protection of vulnerable species. This holistic approach can be defined as requiring an integrated three-tier approach:
Wildlife Research and Conservation – The foundation aims to back local wildlife research and conservation projects in areas that are affected by tourism with the free supply of equipment and materials and to offer volunteer wildlife professionals, advice and specialist field support if required. It should be noted that in most cases, research tools and equipment could be purchased in the UK at significantly lower costs than elsewhere enabling the foundation to provide low cost solutions to local issues.
Community education – Providing support for community schools that are associated with or located in the vicinity of the wildlife research and conservation projects that are being supported. This support aimed at assisting in local community education to encourage local recognition and development of the value of wildlife species.
Community health care – The foundation aims to augment its support to local communities by providing volunteer health professionals (where deemed necessary) to offer medical and public health advice, education and in some cases field support.

Specific roles:
Providing specialist equipment, materials to small wildlife conservation (non commercial) organisations and research grants to individuals in support of wildlife research.
Providing specialist conservation professionals to give advice, education and mentoring to conservation projects.
Providing specialist volunteers to work ‘in country’ providing conservation and research assistance.
Providing humanitarian support in the form of volunteer professional medical staff to areas identified by and associated with the conservation projects as detailed above.

Management Team.
The board of trustees is made up from a diversity of professionals whose collective skills and experience provide a balanced managerial team.

The Board of Trustees
Mr William Fox (Chairman) - Originally an Engineer with over 25 years in large project management within the oil and gas sector and UK Ministry of Defence. For the last ten years Mr Fox has dedicated his time to supporting African wildlife conservation through tourism. He is the CEO of On Track Safaris and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

Dr Christopher Cowgill –Dr Gowgill is an independent financial advisor operating in the City of London providing financial and tax advice to the board.

Dr Jennifer Fox – Dr Fox is a medical doctor working within the UK health service, specializing in A&E and Public health.

You can donate to the On Track Foundation by bank transfer or using a credit or debit card via Paypal.

If you are a UK Tax payer then we can claim an additional 25% of your donation in Gift Aid from the Tax Man. So please, please
CLICK HERE to download our gift aid declaration form. Once you have filled in the form please sign and send to the address on the form.

Our bank account details are:

Lloyds Bank
Account Name: On Track Foundation
Branch Sort Code: 30 96 73
Account Number: 50337460


If you prefer to donate via credit or debit card then click the donate button below.







On behalf of everyone at the On Track Foundation, a very big thank you for your support and generosity, you are making a difference.

William Fox
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Camera Trappers

Camera Trappers gives you the opportunity to be part of our team and to stay connected with wildlife in the African bush from wherever you live in the world. Not only will you be connected with Africa but you will also be supporting vital wildlife research aimed at conserving leopard numbers and other species. Join the On Track team of camera trappers and be part of our team. Click here to check out our Camera Trapper Gallery with examples of just some of the camera trap pictures our members have received.

So how does it work? As a Camera Trapper we value your contribution to our work and keep you up to date with our progress. Each month you will receive some of the best pictures from the camera traps that you are helping to fund, placed in the African bush.
Our leopard research team utilise an extensive network of camera traps placed on game reserves, but we need more cameras and to be able to maintain and service the existing stock. By increasing the number of cameras we can increase our research areas and collect more data to be able to provide sufficient information to model leopard behaviour and numbers.
By joining On Track Camera Trappers program you will be actively supporting INGWE Leopard Research, as well as enjoying some amazing wildlife pictures sent to you each month.

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What is a camera trap? Camera traps are digital cameras that are set out along game trails in remote locations within our various research sites. These camera traps are triggered by movement and operate 24 x 7, secretly recording the movement of animals in the bush and recording their behaviour without need for human presence or disruption of nature.

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Why do you use camera traps? We use the camera trap images to identify individual leopards from their unique coat patterns. Each leopards coat pattern (spots and rosettes) is just like a finger print i.e. unique to each individual.  We have created identification kits (a series of photographs of each known leopard taken from various angles and sides) and it is by comparing the camera trap images to these ID kits, that we can determine if it is a known leopard and where and when it was located. In this way we can build up a picture of leopard movement, density and behaviour that is previously unknown.
Of-course we don’t just get images of leopards any and all wildlife species that pass the cameras are pictures. From Antelope to Monkeys and Predators to birds.
This information can then be shared with governing bodies to assist them in credible and accurate decision making for the welfare of the species, as well as Universities.

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Camera Trapper Annual membership £60 or $90
As a camera trapper member you will receive some of the best photographs taken by our cameras across several game reserves each month. You will also be eligible for a discount off any African Safari with On Track Safaris www.ontracksafaris.com (terms and conditions apply).
To become a Camera Trapper simply make payment by bank transfer or using a credit or debit card via Paypal. Please ensure that when paying via Paypal, you add your contact details when ordering, or alternately if paying via bank transfer please use your surname as the reference.
Once we receive payment then you will receive a confirmation email and thereafter our research team will place your camera out in the African bush at one of our research reserves. We will then be in touch to let you know to expect a monthly email with the best pictures from your camera.
If you wish to purchase a camera trapper membership as a gift, then simply order as above, then let us know and we’ll send you a gift certificate and also register the associated members contact details.

Just click the Pay Now button below to make payment by credit card via PayPal, or if you prefer to pay via bank transfer then use the Lloyds bank details shown.



Our bank account details are:
Bank Name: Lloyds Bank,
Bank Address: 101 High Street, Poole, Dorset, BH15 4AJ, United Kingdom
Account Name: On Track Safaris Ltd
Branch Sort Code: 30 96 73
Account Number: 50746668
International Payments BIC: LOYDGB21036
International Payements IBAN: GB39 LOYD 3096 7350 7466 68


Terms and Conditions
On Track Safaris operates the On Track Camera Trappers program in support of INGWE Leopard Research.
All camera traps are the property of On Track Safaris and that company shall hold the copyrights for all photographs, which may not be reproduced without prior written permission.
Please note, there is no guarantee as to the amount of pictures the camera will take or be sent, however 20-40 photographs is the average.
The use of the camera shall remain the sole responsibility of the Ingwe Leopard Research for whatever purpose deemed necessary.
Once a donation is received you will receive an email from the On Track Camera Trappers team to confirm membership. If you do not receive this notification within 10 working days of donation, please email
cameratrappers@ontracksafaris.com
Camera Trappers membership is valid for 1 year from the date of the first picture taken with the camera. At the end of the year the membership can be renewed for another year at a reduced rate.
Full members have the right to name the camera(s) that they donate. On Track safaris can decline a donators name for the camera if it is deemed unsuitable.
Only cameras recommended by the Ingwe Leopard Research will be entered into the scheme.

Camera Trapper members are eligible for a discount off the standard price of an On Track Safari. This discount is only available for direct bookings.
By donating to join On Track Camera Trappers you are agreeing to the terms and conditions herein.

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We are involved with many aspects of wildlife conservation and community education. All of our safaris aim to support local conservation and education projects through the On Track Foundation.
OTS founders Will and Carol Fox have been working in Leopard Conservation since 2004.
Will is a visiting Research Fellow with Reading University, a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, chairman of the On Track Foundation and a director of Protecting African Wildlife Conservation Trust. While we support many projects, it’s no surprise that much of our time is focused on large predators and in particular our passion for Leopards.

INGWE conducts research into the behaviour of leopards (Panthera pardus) and other carnivores, outside formally protected areas (National Parks and Nature Reserves) in South Africa.
Data on the density and behaviour of Leopards outside formally protected areas does not currently exist in any credible format, leaving a gap in understanding. Substantiated data is required to assist in the formulation of wildlife management policies.
The key reason for this research is to assist in the formulation of wildlife management policies, using scientifically gathered and recorded data. It is essential that management practices be established to address the issues that surround the conflict between people and predators.

On Track Safaris employs a scientific manager who is responsible for co-ordinating all of our leopard research programs, which extend to many locations including several of the reserves that we visit on safari.

More details can be found at
www.ingweleopard.org

One of the key elements of our leopard research is to use camera traps. These are motion activated cameras that we set out along game trails. Each leopards spot pattern is unique, therefore we can identify individual leopards by comparing the images from our cameras against those of known leopards. To do this we have created leopard ID kits, an example of which can be seen below.


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Aims
‘In Africa, everyone is capable of making a difference’.
On Track Safaris was founded to provide funding for our work in wildlife conservation. By joining an On Track safari guests are already helping to contribute towards our conservation work. In addition guests are afforded the opportunity to gain an insight into real African conservation work if they wish, either by observing our work or assisting our conservation team. In this way we hope guests will help to spread the message of what real African conservation is and what the needs are.

Economic responsibility
When purchasing items such as artwork, meals and souvenirs, we recommend that visitors buy locally produced goods and support local artisans. In this way, visitors are able to help sustain the local community, contribute towards conservation and enrich their own lives. During your stay there will be opportunities to purchase goods from local artists, market stalls and restaurants in keeping with the ideals of fair trade.

Our guides will advise on a ‘fair price’ if requested, however it is worth noting that a relatively small sum can make a huge difference to peoples lives in Africa and guests are asked to consider this when bargaining with market stallholders. Do not buy products that exploit wildlife, aid in habitat destruction, or come from endangered species. Our staff are encouraged to develop their own skills in producing goods such as art work for sale. 100% of the proceeds from these sales go to the originator.

Environmental responsibility
Conservation – Our management and safari staff have many years experience in wildlife conservation and are actively involved with ongoing conservation projects. Will and Carol Fox (the founders of On Track Safaris) are dedicated conservationists. Will is chairman of the On Track Foundation and a director of PAW (Protecting African Wildlife) Conservation Trust. Will has worked extensively in leopard research and is the founder and manager of INGWE - Leopard Research.

Each of our safaris aims to provide an insight into the real issues associated with African conservation. The extent of this element is tailored to suit individual and/or group interest and is normally established prior to each safari.

During most of our safaris, guests are offered the opportunity to become further involved in conservation projects (for example INGWE - Leopard Research) if they wish, by accompanying our staff.

All safaris are conducted in a responsible manner with respect for the location and wildlife and include visits to the Kruger National Park and wildlife conservation centres such as the Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre.

We hold an informal chat with newly arrived guests at the start of each safari. This is intended to inform guests of environmental and conservation matters associated with their safari and answer any questions or queries.

We believe that everyone is able to help make a difference towards conserving our environment. When on safari or in the bush, we operate a policy of ‘bring out what you take in’ i.e. we leave no litter or man made products behind.

Game drive vehicles do not deviate from existing roads and tracks, however guided foot safaris will access game trails which cannot be reached by vehicle. When on foot, stay on the trail as deviating can cause erosion and other environmentally harmful impacts.

Respect wildlife. Viewing animals from a safe distance is fine. Touching, feeding, or affecting their behaviour is not.

Do not litter. Even if you see a local person littering (and you probably will), set an example and dispose of your garbage appropriately.

Recycling facilities are extremely limited in South Africa. Avoid products with excess packaging; opt for beverages in glass bottles as they tend to be re-used.

Use only biodegradable soaps and shampoos.

Without doubt one of the biggest issues in Africa is water conservation and preservation of this most important resource is at the top of our agenda. Our guests are able to contribute towards water conservation during their stay. For example taking showers not baths and conserving water from a reduction in the laundering of towels and linens.

On Track Safari conducts administration functions in an environmentally responsible way. We aim for a paper free office and prefer to conduct our business via internet.

We strive to achieve a paperless office in the following ways:
Encourage suppliers and our bank to use e-mail and electronic transfer.
Maintain our own records on magnetic media.
Use website and magnetic media as marketing tools rather than brochures.

Social responsibility
Respect cultural differences. Local customs and traditions may be different from your own. Take the time to learn what behaviour is acceptable and what is not. Always ask permission to take photos of people and respect their wishes if they refuse. If you do take a photo, offer to send copies back to them and make sure to follow through with your promise.

Our safari staff are encouraged to develop within the company. Staff receive a reward package made up of a fair base salary, accommodation, their individual performance and that of the company. Personal development lies at the corner stone of the OTS staff policy. Individuals are encouraged to develop within the organisation to achieve their goals and where applicable to produce conservation based items for sale (100% of the proceeds going to the originator).

All of our food, bathroom and kitchen supplies are from local sources and as far as possible, we aim to use a combination of organic, fair-trade and sustainable products. In the case where a local supplier has no formal policy in place, we conduct our own assessments, which help to highlight those areas of supply which fall outside of our desired criteria and require improvement. Records of these assessments and our policy are available to all visitors on request, as part of our ‘open book’ policy.

Big five safaris are conducted in the Kruger National Park and other similar reserves. Tours in the Kruger National Park fall within that organisations and governmental rules, regulations and boundaries for fair trade and Black Empowerment and by the very nature of the location have a strong bias towards conservation. Any other big five lodge or location (such as Sabi Sands), will have been vetted by our management prior to being used and a record of their compliance to our own operation policy made.