Interview with an experienced Tracker

Interview with Tracker Elvis

 

Have you always been passionate about the Bush?

Yes, growing up I used to see animals through the fence of Manyeleti Game Reserve as this fence borders where I am from

How long have you been working as a Tracker?

12 years

Did you receive formal training as a Tracker?

I did my training and then an assessment through FGASA

What is your Tracker level

Level 3

What is the best thing about the reserve you work in?

The Timbavati is open to Kruger so not fenced which means the animals can move freely in and out

Describe your most memorable sighting

Fighting Male Lions who were fighting over a territory

Is there any animal you have always wanted to see but haven’t yet?

A Black Rhino

What is your favourite animal to Track?

A Leopard

What is your favourite animal to view from the vehicle?

Wild Dog

Have you ever been lost while on foot in the bush?

Never

Have you ever had any animal charge you? If so what was it?

Yes, I was charged by Lions who were being protective of their cubs

Do you have any advice for people looking to get involved in tracking?

You need to be dedicated and patient

Do you have any books that you would recommend to people interested in learning more about Tracks?

Louis Liebenberg’s Tracking book

If you weren’t a Tracker what job do you think you would have?

I would be a Farmer

 

Thank you Elvis for the interview! You clearly are an experienced and knowledgeable tracker and hopefully others who are wanting to become trackers can be motivated by your dedication to the industry and follow the same career path as you have done. Tracking is a true art and must be one of the best jobs in the world!