6 Questions with Tracker Godfrey Senokwane
Question 1. – What made you decide to become a Tracker?
Before I became a tracker I was working in the maintenance department, but I enjoyed being out in the bush more, and I like to show people what happens in the bush and how animals and people can relate to each other.
Question 2. – How long have you been a tracker for?
I have been a tracker now at Morukuru for nine months
Question 3. – What is your favourite animal to track and why?
My favorite animal to track is the lion, as it gives me a challenge. I know then that all my senses must be working 110 percent, to find them. If we don’t find them then I feel disappointed, but then must try again on the next game drive. Sometimes when you find them they will do nothing, other times they will charge you to warn you, that you to close. That is always exciting.
Question 4. – Have you ever had any close encounters while tracking and animal and what happened?
Yes, I was with my ranger one day on a game drive with guests. We came across some fresh lion tracks and decided to follow them, on foot, just my ranger and me. We had been following the tracks for a while and then the tracks went into an area where the bush was very thick. We eventually found the lions in the thick bush, but they were very close to us and then one of them got up and charged at us. I was shocked as this was the first time I had being on foot so close to lions and for them to have charged at me.
Question 5. – What would you say is the most important thing to look for when tracking?
It is to have a good eye for the bush, and can look for tracks and identify them and to see if a track is still good enough to follow or too old to follow.
Question 6. – Who was your mentor that taught you all you know about tracking and why?
It is Mr. Andrew, because I was still in maintenance department, when one day, Mr. Andrew took me and some other guy’s into the bush to do a small test on tracks and signs. I was the one that got the best results that day. After that then, Morukuru sent me on a tracking course where I passed both the Track and Sign Interpretation and the Trailing exam. I got my Level 1 tracking certificate, which is a great start for me.
6 Questions with Ernst Ndhlovu
Question 1: How long have you been tracking and why did you choose this?
I qualified as a tracker in 2006 and decided that this was what I wanted after visiting my Uncle when I was much younger and following him in the bush.
Question 2: What does your family think about your job and what you do?
They support me …both my mother and brother are in the same industry at Kruger National Park.
Question 3: What is your most memorable close encounter?
Whilst tracking a leopard one day …. I had a very close encounter with an elephant bull on foot…. I will never forget that!!
We had visual of a male leopard on a termite mound but only for a few seconds…the leopard moved off into a very thick area…. I asked my ranger to circle around the block and I would meet him on the other side whilst I was following the leopard on foot…. The next thing I know, there was this big elephant bull that had got a fright from the leopard and then the elephant turned its attention to me…my instinct took over and I had to run for my life…. luckily the bush was very thick and I was able to lose the elephant …. I returned to my ranger’s vehicle out of breath and adrenaline pumping…. I could hardly even speak. We were able to catch up with that leopard a short while later.
Question 4: Where do you see yourself in the future?
I am currently studying to be a guide.
Question 5: What is your favourite animal and why?
Elephant …. Because of my close encounter.
Question 6: Do you have a favourite mentor?
I have been lucky enough to have worked and learned with many great people… I am still learning…. I love everyone I have worked with, but Warren has inspired me the most