We specialise in wildlife conservation safaris to Africa in support of wildlife conservation. We prefer small groups of less then six persons. 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 just 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. 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 Africa. 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. For example, to understand what a Leopard track looks like and how it is just like a finger print, or 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). And even more, we provide opportunities for you to be involved with our work in conservation and particularly with Leopards. Meet and be involved with conservationists, help to set trail cameras to monitor the nightly happenings, or just simply take time to sit viewing an Elephant understanding its behaviour and the heard dynamics. 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 will be waiting for you on arrival at Johannesburg airport, we don't use a third party transit service, you will be met by one of our safari team and your safari starts then. Don't worry about the time of your arrival, we will meet you at any time or date to suit you, it's all part of the service. This gives you flexibility to find the best flight deal. 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, where possible we provide an all inclusive price and any additions to that one off price are clearly shown on your itinerary. These tend to be things that are out of our control such as the entry fee into the Kruger National Park which you pay directly on entry, and we can let you know those costs before you arrive. 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.
Excellent 5 / 5Based on 81 reviews
South Africa Safari
Graham RacherUnited Kingdom22 Oct 2017
Ruth and I had been on a two week camping Safari in Botswana back in 2014, and I have travelled around many parts of Africa and else where on safari / wildlife conservation trips over the last 17 years - so we knew what we wanted!
We found On Track Safaris via Responsible Travel (we wanted an ethical company) and once we contacted them at the start of May, Carol was very helpful in arranging the trip we wanted.
Ruth and I had a range of possible dates between August and October, we wanted to go an the 14-day trip, and we were going to book our own 7 night extension in Cape Town at the end of it, as well as all the flights - and these all needed to dove-tail together!
This meant Carol had some juggling of dates as she contacted the lodges/camps to see what was available, and then coming back to us to see if these worked for us, but Carol came through and two weeks later we had an itinerary that worked and the deposit was being paid.
4 nights Rukiya Safari Camp, Wild Rivers Reserve
2 nights Hoedspruit Private Lodge, Wildlife Estate
3 nights Tangala Safari Camp Thornybush Reserve
3 nights Nzumba, Klaserie Reserve
1 night Rukiya Safari Camp, Wild Rivers Reserve
Will (co-owner) picked us up at Johannesburg airport, and we had an interesting chat about various things on the five hour drive to our first camp. We were impressed with his knowledge, passion and attitude - things were looking good.
On Track really know what they are doing. Will and Carol investigate and choose the camps very carefully, and review them regularly too.
We can only echo the many views already mentioned in previous reviews with regards the hospitality, standards, enthusiasm, ethics, knowledge and skills of the staff we met. To name but some.
Rukiya: Conrad, Lily, Elliott, Donovan, Gemma
Tangala : Tracey, Jay'D
Hoedspruit: Will, Carol
Nzumba : Rika, Werner
We were also impressed by the variety of wildlife experiences over the 14 days. As everyone should know wildlife is just that, wild, and nothing is ever guaranteed, and no two days are ever the same, even in the same place.
So seeing the following was quite amazing: three leopards at sun-down - one of them in a tree for an hour, a nyala calf being born outside our chalet, wild dog pups, elephant mock charges, lions of various ages, a white lion, rhinos - white and black, capturing an aardvark on the camera trap, buffalo, hyenas, jackals, genets, civets, mongoose, ostrich and many other birds, antelopes and animals.
What would be my best piece of advice to anyone thinking of booking an On Track Safari in South Africa? Book a longer 14 day trip rather than a 10 days trip - you'll love the extra day you get at each camp!
Exceeded All Expectations
Penny JacksonUnited Kingdom17 Oct 2017
We first met Will and Carol at the Manchester Travel Show. We had always wanted to do a safari and the On Track 10 day safari, seemed to fit all our ideas of the perfect safari, including the profits going to help leopard research.
We were not disappointed. From the moment Will met us at Johannesburg airport, we were on a truly amazing adventure. A 5 hour drive through spectacular mountains brought us to the magical oasis of Rukiya camp on the private Wild Rivers nature reserve. The luxury, en-suite, tented accommodation, the staff, the food, the game drives on Wild Rivers and Excellence were just wonderful. The hospitality of Lily, Gemma and her team was amazing, we were made to feel like honoured guests in their home. Elliot and Donovan, our guides, were entertaining, funny, extremely well informed and skillful in giving us the best game viewing opportunities. We saw lions, hippos, buffalo, white rhino, giraffes, impala, kudu, crocodiles, elephants, eagles and many other birds to name but a few! The food was of a very high standard and Lily and her team joined us for meals.
We visited the Kruger with Elliot for a full day of game viewing. His knowledge and entertaining banter made it a very successful and enjoyable experience; 10 rhino in just one day!
From Rukiya, we visited the Moholoholo animal rehabilitation centre and spent a very enjoyable morning with our guide, Oscar, learning how the animals there act as ambassadors for their species, informing local children of their precious wildlife and how to save it.
Our next stop was the Nzumba camp in the Klaserie private game reserve. This was the very height of luxury. Our lodge was beautiful, the setting sublime and Werner and Rika were the perfect hosts. We barely had time to settle in, when a herd of elephants visited the waterhole right in front of us, just amazing! We were 40 yards away from a pride of lions feeding on a giraffe in the dark under the African skies. Werner asked if we felt alive, we certainly did! We were entertained by candlelight and a huge fire pit, delicious food and singing and dancing performed by their lovely staff; just magical! Sadly, despite Werner's efforts we failed to spot leopard, even though we saw fresh footprints. Again, Werner's knowledge and expertise provided us with fantastic game viewings.
We were sorry to leave this magical place but travelled with Will to Tangala, our camp on the prestigious Thornybush game reserve. Nyala roamed by our lodge and it felt a truly African bush experience. AJ, our guide, again entertaining and bursting with information. The pack of wild dogs and the mature male lion rubbing noses with a lioness were some of the highlights of the trip.
Overall, we were amazed at how close we were to truly wild animals in open Land Rovers and the tracking abilities of our guides in finding them.
The welcome we were given by Will, Carol, the lodges, the guides and trackers and all the staff will never be forgotten.
Many thanks to all. Pete & Penny
The height of excellence!
Val CardwellUnited Kingdom7 Oct 2017
This was our first visit to Africa and our first safari. What an adventure! The lodges and private reserves were carefully chosen to give us a variety of wildlife experiences and a taste of different types of accommodation, hospitality and ambience. All were excellent; clean, comfortable accommodation, friendly knowledgeable and professional staff, delicious and plentiful food, amazing wildlife.
Our paths crossed at Rukiya and Tangala with reviewer GSimpson (see below) and I absolutely agree with everything said about the organisation of the tour and the lovely experiences at the lodges. We were lucky to see the "Big Seven" during our safari, but there is so much more; birds, butterflies, lizards, all sorts of smaller or less charismatic creatures. The guides at each lodge were experienced, knowledgeable, good drivers and good communicators. They all asked each guest what they especially hoped to see during the game drives, and all stressed that there is a large element of luck in what might be seen on any given day. We were very lucky and saw everything we had hoped to, and more.... a cheetah with 4 cubs, wild dogs with puppies, a show down between 2 clans of hyena - it wasn't just seeing the animals, it was seeing their behaviour in their own environment.
In addition to Rukiya and Tangala we stayed at Xanatseni in the Klaserie reserve. Like Tangala it is by a waterhole and from the observation platform you can see a long way into the bush. The accommodation is quite luxurious(I particularly liked the bath by the large window overlooking the bush) and the food, as at the other lodges, was delicious. The guides on this reserve are in close contact with each other on the radio, as they are at Thornybush, resulting sometimes in longer and faster drives to get to a wonderful sighting. These experiences were beautifully balanced by the quieter (no radio) more intimate (no other vehicles) sightings we had from Rukiya. It was here that we learnt most about tracking, and, as there were no other vehicles, relied more on the tracking skill of the guide. We enjoyed some close encounters with the "Big Five", breakfasted by a river, drank sundowners while enjoying panoramic views over the bush,learnt about the leopard project funded by On Track and set our own camera trap.
Thank you to Carol and Will for the skillful organisation of this tour, and to everyone at the lodges who looked after us so well and gave us such a memorable holiday. I can't think of any way in which this trip could have been improved. We had great fun, enjoyed the company of the people we met, learnt a lot, have many good memories and photos and unhesitatingly recommend On Track Safaris; we hope to join them again as soon as we can!