Tracking was practiced by our ancestors 10 000 years ago, and continues to be practiced today as an essential survival tool in some of the more remote parts of this world.
It is mankind’s original scientific discipline.
However, with the rapid urbanization of the modern world, and the traditional way of life for many indigenous peoples falling away, it is no longer a given that young men and women will be taught traditional skill sets by their elders.
Without the dependence on subsistence hunting for survival, tracking is not as necessary as it once was, and this indigenous knowledge has waned by over 90% in the last few decades.
Two men from Londolozi – Ranger Alex Van den Heever and tracker Renias Mhlongo – developed the idea of a formalised tracking school over ten years ago, in which the fundamentals of the art could be taught.
Through the generosity of the Rupert Foundation and the involvement of Londolozi and Samara Game Reserves, the Tracker Academy was born.
Each year, 16 young men from disadvantaged backgrounds are trained through two separate intakes in the art of tracking, providing them with the skills needed to achieve permanent, gainful employment in the eco-tourism industry, and in so doing, keeping the art of tracking alive…
At Londolozi we are immensely proud of our 10-year association with the Tracker Academy, and hope they continue to be an ever-growing presence at the junction of the eco-tourism and education sectors of our nation.