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Tracking in Namibia with Ray Mears

Exploring the Kalahari Basin

Based in luxury accomodation and accompanied by Ray Mears and Kalahari bushmen guides, you will learn to interpret and follow the trails of various African species. You could find yourself following a leopard, a black rhino, a troop of baboons or the secretive aardwolf.

In the cool mornings and evenings when the sun is low and shadows are long, the ground is vividly displayed with the evidence of nature's antics for us to observe. When the sun is high, we retreat to the shade to relax and listen to experts lecture on the bush.


Further Information

Join Ray Mears and Woodlore for an amazing course and an adventure of a lifetime. You will experience the bush in a way that is offered nowhere else.

This special course will take you to the oldest part of Africa and will allow you to interact with it in a very unique way. It is likely you will be following tracks through the very dust that the first human being did, thousands of years previously.

Drawing on his 40 years of tracking experience, Ray will open your eyes to this fascinating and ancient art. Together you will locate and interpret the signs and traces left behind by wild creatures in the stunning African landscape.

After stepping off the aeroplane under the fierce African sun, we will move deep into the bush. We will travel to an extremely special game reserve, a place that offers the widest selection of species in the greatest numbers; the massive Erindi Game reserve. During your stay here, learning will be centered around deciphering the myriad of signs left by countless wild beasts roaming the bushland.

Before we venture off into the bush, Ray will teach you how to behave and remain safe, especially when on foot. He will also give you some photography advice, helping to ensure you take home some fantastic memories to show friends and family. There will also be lectures from various local experts, giving you the rare opportunity to learn firsthand about a range of topics.

After this introductory phase, we will take you on exciting game drives before dawn and dusk every day, where we can look for fresh animal sign, step out of the vehicles and take a close look. These drives will of course also give you an unparalleled opportunity to observe the lives of hundreds of species.

Throughout our time at Erindi, San Bushmen guides will accompany us and will offer their knowledge of the bush, helping us to locate animals. These fascinating people have occupied southern africa for millennia, heavily relying on tracking to feed themselves, and in doing so have developed their ability to an extraordinary level. We will be joined by experienced, local guides in order to gain the best knowledge about the area and wildlife. Woodlore will call upon its 20 years of experience in Africa, and so as much as possible we will leave the confines of the vehicle to explore further on foot.

Luxury lodge accommodation and freshly prepared local ingredients, coupled with the astonishing wildlife, will make this special expedition an unforgettable experience.

Translated as 'a place of water', Erindi is also a pioneer in conservation programmes and eco-management models and contains many rare species. Some of the wildlife you may have the opportunity to see include:

  • Black Rhino
  • White Rhino
  • Leopard
  • Lion
  • Elephant
  • Cheetah
  • Ostrich
  • Giraffe
  • Porcupine
  • Eland
  • Oryx

This list is just a drop in the ocean compared to the wide range of possible encounters during your stay.

You will be staying at the lodge in Erindi from 1st - 11th November. If you are travelling from the UK using our recommended flights, you will need to book flights departing on the evening of Wednesday 31st October to arrive in time for the course. Your return flight will arrive in the UK early on Monday 12th November. Our recommended flight details will be sent in due course.


Dates, Costs and Bookings

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  2018 Dates - Tracking in Namibia with Ray Mears

- (Fully Booked) • £5495.00

Course Reviews

Tracking in Namibia with Ray Mears is rated 5/5 based on 4 customer reviews.

Overall Rating:

  1 of 4

  Namibia is a place of surprising beauty. The animals and people are generally graceful and wonderfully adapted to their environment. Although the bushmen who accompanied us on many of our outings in 2014 spoke languages that I do not understand, their meaning was made quite clear by GP Britz, who acted as a guide and interpreter, and by their gestures and their eyes. When we first arrived at Erindi, and when I stepped onto the veranda at the back of the lodge over looking the water hole, catching sight of a magnificent elephant feeding very close by, it felt like stepping into heaven. That same day, in the evening, I met Ray. It is obvious from his many books and programmes that Ray has a special knowledge, but personal contact brings an appreciation of his perceptive powers. He sees much, and can ask incisive questions about other subjects, making for good conversation when relaxed. Dan Hume, too, is knowledgeable, self effacing, and hard-working even when taken poorly - something he did not reveal until he had virtually recovered. Ruth was a delight - gracious, fun-loving and keen-eyed. We were kindly and carefully looked after, and tested. On this course it is wise to stay alert and be ready for the unexpected. At the same time there is a great deal of fun to be had in this distant paradise. I miss the people we met and the place itself hugely, but have memories and new skills as a reward.  

 

Rated: 5/5

  2 of 4

  I have just returned from this course and words cannot describe how amazing it was. Being in Namibia on safari would have been wonderful in its own right with the abundance of wildlife, friendliness of staff, quality of accommodation and extremely knowledgeable local guides. Travelling with Woodlore added a very special extra to the entire experience as we had chance to learn about the animals behaviour, to recognise and follow their tracks and how to behave around these amazing and inspiring creatures if we encountered them away from the vehicles. This made it one of the best and most memorable experiences of my life. Rays knowledge and passion was matched only by his enthusiasm to share it with the lucky few of us who travelled with him. I cant thank Ray, Ruth and Dan enough for all the time they spent with us and for their hospitality. Enormous fun and learning combined in a perfect combination! If you are reading this thinking about booking the trip - go ahead - you will never regret it. I will be living off the memories for a long time to come.  

 

Rated: 5/5

  3 of 4

  If anyone is wondering whether this course is worth all the expense, I can tell you categorically that YES IT IS! This was my first trip away as a singleton so I was a little nervous, but Ray (and Ruth) and the team were amazing. I was inspired, amazed, bedazzled and in awe at the sights, sounds and smells of Namibia. The abundant wildlife we saw was truly incredible. I spoke with other visitors at Erindi who didnt see half of what our group saw, and for this I credit the expert tracking skills of Ray, the Erindi guides (Rheinhardt and JP) and the San Bushmen we were privy to be with. Our jeep was nick named the fun bus which says it all really as we had a great laugh as well as learning so much about the area and how to track animals in the wild. My fellow course companions were also excellent company. The accommodation too was superb and the Oryx steaks on the menu sublime! I also really valued the time we spent with Natasha Britz who taught us about the Global Leopard Project and the practical help we were able to give working out the parentage of a leopard cub using our tracking skills! There isnt a week that has passed since where I havent reminisced about this wonderful experience. I cant recommend Ray and the team enough. Also, special thanks to the lovely Dan Hume who helped me build a bird snare when I had all but given up!  

 

Rated: 5/5

  4 of 4

  Namibia was an absolute feast for the eyes (the wildlife and the rock art were truly exceptional), the nose (a kill really needs to be experienced first hand and at a distance of less than 25 yards) and of course the mind. Courses at Woodlore invariably teach many skills an enable you to experience environments that are generally out of reach for the mainstream tourist. The tracking course without doubt ticked all the boxes both from a skills and experience perspective. The classroom work in relation to the more lethal animals (and reptiles) that may be encountered and what to do should this occur was memorable and upon seeking a black mamba on our first game drive and being charged by a black rhino I thoroughly appreciated the approach the Woodlore team took with regard to preparation and bush awareness. This is a wild place not a zoo, but as we gained confidence and experience in our groups it was plain to see that everyone was absolutely absorbed in the tracking (with 360 degree awareness of course) and dreading the day it all had to come to an end. This was my third expedition with Woodlore and whilst all different all are highly recommended. No doubt Ill continue to indulge myself next year. A real highlight for 2012, thank you all and especially Ray, Ruth, Dan, Reinhardt, GP and our San Bushmen trackers (whose names I dare not attempt to spell).  

 

Rated: 5/5


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