Nature Tourism

Tracking (NQF2 / NQF4)

We are offering tracking at two levels:

·         (NQF2)Tracking and Identifying  Tracks of Animals using easy Spoor

·         (NQF4)Tracking and Identifying  Tracks of Animals using Moderately Difficult Spoor

We will first focus on getting you competent on the NQF2 level first. Not all people have the aptitude to learn to track on the NQF4 level. We will then continue to offer you tracking on NQF4 level, but you will need to accept a NQF2 qualification if you have difficulty in tracking. Included in this course is the registration of only one of the two qualifications – either NQF2 or NQF4 – we will assess your level of aptitude and competency before we send you to be assessed by The Nature College.

Over all these years we have developed a system which works very well with regards to the identification of tracks. We assure you, in a very short period of time, using our track identification system you will be able to identify tracks of most species of mammals, indifferent of the area you are operating in. Be sure, our system works – we have seen it over and over with our students! It is simple, effective and logical.

We spend a lot of mornings reading Nature’s Morning Newspaper. This will help a lot with the identification of tracks, but also to sensitize you to observe more difficult things like the wing feathers of an owl, which scraped on the ground, as it was catching a rat from a perched position.

We will teach you how to track early in the morning or later in the day, using the sun, and when you have to track with an almost vertical sun, how to work with no shadows in the track. We will also do night tracking, where you will be surprised how easy that could be.

You will be introduced to the advanced art of human tracking – by reading the emotions of the person you are tracking. We do this by assessing the combinations of pressure releases in the tracks. This is a technique that the native Indians of North America developed and mastered. This is really fascinating and quite accurate. This is not part of the qualification, but just an introduction and new insight to what can be accomplished in the fascinating art of tracking.

We will also teach you to use aerial spoor in tracking, and how to track aggressively, through a process of elimination, confirmation and anticipation.

You will learn to age tracks, to distinguish between sexes of mammals, and also how to read in tracks things like - if a cow gemsbuck is advanced in her gestation period or not - how to size the body length of a leopard or lion - all based on reading the tracks of animals

Lastly, we will teach you how to determine territoriums of for instance leopards/lions/hyenas, or to learn how to eventually be able to identify individual animals in your area of operation - by using spoor “sticks” and doing track studies.

Knowing the general behaviour of animals, we will teach you how to use a aerial photograph in determining likely places where you could go and look for certain species of mammals.