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Xinzele 4:4 Female

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Jess Shillaw


Jess was born in Kwazulu/Natal but grew up in Cape Town. Having an innate love for all things wild but getting to spend little time in the bush while growing up, she headed straight for the Lowveld after school. She completed a guiding ...

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on A Tracking Story From Advice Ngwenya

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Cally Staniland
Master Tracker

Loved hearing Advice recount his favourite day tracking Jess. I’m in awe ..the patience, clear thinking and training certainly turns trackers into the cat they are pursuing. Thanks for sharing 🙏❤️

Camille Koertner
Senior Digital Ranger

Thanks Advice and Jess for telling the tale…and keeping the suspense building!!!

Francesca Doria
Master Tracker

Thank you Jess, tracking is always difficult… especially when you are not like Advice and suddenly find yourself in front of a huge male brown bear claiming his territory! Thanks for sharing, the Xinzele female looks beautiful and skilled

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

We have been fortunate to have had great experiences with the trackers.
Boyd Varty’s book, The Lion Trackers Guide to Life, emphasizes the similarities between tracking and life experience.

William Paynter
Master Tracker

What a wonderful story about tracking. Patience, practice, intuition and becoming the animal yourself, leads to a great reward. Love to hear more stories about tracking.

Fascinating story and love the photos.

Lisa Antell
Master Tracker

Xinzele is a beautiful cat! We recently spent 5 drives, over 20+ hours tracking Hosana on the Othawa property and it was quite a process! Our tracker spent a lot of time moving through thick bush while we were driving circles on the roads…..but when the success comes, it is particularly sweet!

Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

A great story! I would really love to accompany a tracker and have the same experience he has. The most exciting thing in the world and so rewarding.

Valmai Vorster
Master Tracker

Hi Jess, the many hours spent on tracking a specific animal is astounding. Not to talk about the patience and determination to go all the way until you find the animal you were tracking. Well done Advice, I’m sure you have many stories to tell. Jess and you the Ranger that makes up the team are also fantastic in finding these magnificent animals. Your training as Ranger and Tracker are grueling and it brings the best out of you people. Thanks for this wonderful story.

Bob and Lucie Fjeldstad
Guest contributor

Wonderful story and thank you to Advice for sharing it! We will follow your advice and ask the same question over morning coffee on our next safari!

Melinda Ruggiero

An amazing story with such insights into tracking skills! Following Xinzele in that tall grass was a daunting task; what a thrill for Advice to find her up on the branch of that Marula tree.

Leonie De Young
Master Tracker

A really nice blog Jess and Advice is an amazing tracker. I would dearly love to meet him and hear the stories he has to tell, however I will never get the chance. I can read his stories on the blogs though. Thanks Jess and Advice.

Al Kaiser
Guest contributor

So great to have a story about Advice. He and I have done over 40 game drives together. Some magical moments with this wonderful person. One morning we saw 7 leopards! Can’t wait until we meet again.

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Thanks Jess for highlighting Advice’s tracking expertise. Each drive I have taken while on safari, I’m awestruck by the knowledge of the trackers, reading the most obtuse clues that we guests completely miss.

Michael and Terri Klauber
Guest contributor

Jess, thanks for a great story! It felt like we were walking just behind Advice! We send our very best to both of you. We miss all of you and hope to see you again soon!

Mary Beth Wheeler
Guest contributor

Having visited camps where there are no trackers, I can truly appreciate their skills and how much they add to the safari experience. They are invaluable!

Paul Buchanan
Senior Digital Ranger

Cool discussion! Makes me think of early humans tracking their prey for food. It must have been quite a similar experience.

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