Tracker Academy Blog
We head out with Bright (one of our trainers at Tracker Academy) in a Land Rover. Scanning for tracks we were going pick up Renias Mhlongo (one of South Africa’s renowned trackers and a trainer at the academy). En route, a leopard leaps out of a bush and seizes an impala from its herd, literally fifteen feet away from our vehicle. By the time we realise what just happened, the leopard (a female) had successfully killed and dragged the impala to the base of a tree. Bright, also stunned with the suddenness of the sighting drives us into the thicket to try and get a closer view of the leopard. In the middle of all this, two hyenas stroll by, possibly attracted by the commotion the impalas created as they witnessed one of their herd snatched by the subtle predator. Relying on their highly acute sense of smell, the hyenas manage to locate immediately the trench in which the carcass and leopard lay under the shade of an acacia. As soon as the leopard hears the hyenas approaching, she bolts, disappearing into the bush and leaving her hard-earned food behind. Within seconds the two hyenas had mangled the impala and erratically tore off its lifeless limbs in a savage frenzy. I will not and cannot for all of our sakes describe the sound of the joints popping out of their sockets or the crack of the bones as they manically devoured the corpse. They laughed in their characteristic way as they competed for the last ounce of flesh and after a mere 20 minutes, the impala was gone.
Read More LONDOLOZI Despatch: Part II
Vedant Thite and William Asquith, both Rangers from the JAWAI and Sher Bagh Field Teams respectively send their first despatch from the Londolozi Private Game Reserve, where they are attending a three-week training course over the summer. Over the next few weeks we will follow their progress and adventures as they report on their experiences from the African Bush! Stay tuned…
Read More LONDOLOZI Despatch: Part I
Changing times and tight schedules have meant shorter and shorter safaris. Three days would have been unthinkable back in the day; the norm being at least a couple of months and that too after many months of planning. Today, it is possible to have Dinner in Delhi, and Breakfast in the Bush! Read More Dinner in Delhi, Breakast in the Bush!
The migration is now in full swing and dusty herds of wildebeest pass camp on a daily basis – often at quite some pace! It’s quite something to enjoy afternoon tea in Elephant Pepper Camp’s beautiful shaded mess tent and watch them all fly by. Read More The Migration
The Cheli & Peacock Community Trust announces a new initiative at Elephant Pepper Camp. Following the success of myriad education-based projects, the Trust is now branching into healthcare.
Working alongside The Red Cross and the Mara North Conservancy, the Trust has fostered a new project with the nearby Aitong Medical Clinic. The aim of the initiative is to provide 3,000 local people with improved healthcare through better supplies, furthering clinical expertise through training and peer education programmes on key topics such as HIV/AIDS. Read More Aitong Medical Clinic
The Austrian painter, Wenzel Peter’s depiction of Genesis —the beginning of the world— has at its centre a pair of lions, a male and female. The presence of these big cats in the depiction of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden grants the lion a position of prominence that effectively supersedes time and geographical boundaries. Subliminally, human sensibility has accepted the existence of the lion as perfectly natural in the political, social and cultural depictions of a variety of civilizations and historical contexts, even in those where there is no evidence that it naturally existed. Historically then, the lion has acquired a cultural omnipresence like no other beast, real or imagined. Read More Exotic Aliens: The Story of the Lion and the Cheetah in India