The “Trackers” on South African safaris sit on the front of the vehicle to spot animal tracks and direct the “Ranger”, who drives the jeep and talks to the guests. At night, the tracker shines a bright lamp, with a red filter so as not to harm the animals’ night vision if they are caught in the beam.
A couple of memorable examples:
• Almost running over a whole pride of lions, “stop, stop, back up” (so the tracker could get back into the jeep) which was in Vlei Lodge, Phinda.
• Cutting our way through the trees with a machete (pictured below)
• On two occasions trackers spotting sleeping chameleons in the branches of a tree! (We
could only just see it 1 foot away, they spot them 30 feet away in a moving jeep!)