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
Leopards are widely regarded as the most elusive of the big cats. At Londolozi, however, they are quite the opposite. Established by the Varty family in 1926, it is among the finest private game reserves in the world. On our first drive we saw four different Leopards, and even a mating pair!
This was only the second time in my life that I have been fortunate enough to witness Leopards mating; the first time being earlier this year in Ranthambhore, better known to be finest place in the world to observe Tigers in the wild.
Filmed by Jaisal Singh
“A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination” Nelson Mandela
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013) was amongst the most distinguished and popular statesmen of our times. In a world where cynicism about politics and politicians is a social norm, his passing resonates a sense of vacuum and loss marking the end of an era and leaving the world and human politics a less egalitarian place. Mandela was the first black South African to be elected President in a multiracial election and held office from 1994 to 1999. During his tenure as President, Mandela ensured harmony by including proponents of the Apartheid movement – people who had prosecuted him – in his Cabinet. Read More SUJAN mourns the passing of Nelson Mandela
Anjali and Jaisal Singh hosted a celebration to mark the Varty family’s visit to India and Ranthambhore. The occasion honoured Londolozi’s pioneering tradition of wildlife restoration and their deep commitment to eco-tourism practises and was attended by a wide spectrum of India’s own conservation community. Read More An Evening to Remember – The Londolozi Family at SUJAN