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Professional trackers trained


Graduates deployed into conservation jobs

Hours logged tracking per student

Restoring The Indigenous Knowledge of
Wildlife Tracking

Mrs Gaynor Rupert made Tracker Academy possible in 2010 – a bold and visionary action that has benefitted hundreds of wildlife trackers.

Tracker Academy trains disadvantaged rural people in traditional skills of wildlife tracking.

Our training programme is accredited by CATHSSETA (Sector Education and Training Authority) and endorsed by FGASA (Field Guides Association of Southern Africa). Tracker Academy is the first tracker training school to achieve this distinction in South Africa.

The academy stands as a training division of the SA College for Tourism (SACT) which operates under the auspices of the Peace Parks Foundation.

Buy our book – The Tracker Manual

This practical guide to animal tracking is a one-of-its-kind manual, based on information developed with the help of southern Africa’s few remaining traditional trackers and their centuries-old wisdom in the field.

It presents the more concrete and obvious wildlife signs for some 160 animals and teams them with a host of seemingly unrelated details to give a comprehensive picture of recent – and not-so-recent – track through the bush.

Donors of the Tracker Academy

Foremost we would like to thank our generous donors for their contributions since Tracker Academy’s inception.

Animal Friends Insurance

BRO Trust and Oppenheimer Generations Research and Conservation

Dag Skattum

Escape Safari Co (Pty) Ltd

Firearms Management Services (Pty) Ltd

Guided Training Solutions (Alex van den Heever)

Hans Hoheisen Charitable Trust

Henry H Bacon Estate

Iconic Africa

INEOS Grenadier

Jonsson Foundation (donation in-kind)

Koos & Rona Rupert Educational Trust

Lapalala Game Reserve (donation in-kind)

Londolozi Game Reserve (donation in-kind)

Metamorphosis Foundation

Mr Alan Fenton

Mr Carl Jankowitz

Mr Gareth & Mrs Carey McElhone

Mr Jeremy & Mrs Britta Lloyd (Lloyd Family Charitable Trust)

Mr JJM (Boetie) & Mrs Caroline van Zyl

Mr Patrick O’Shaughnessy

Mr Paul Burgoyne

Mr Richard David Milligan

Mr Tom & Mrs Linda Rawles (Operation Pachamama)

Mr Ulrich & Mrs Doris Gerber

Ms Hilary Rolton

Ms Irene Staehelin Estate

Palo Alto Network

Richard Khoza Tracker Fund

Rupert Family Foundations

SA Airlink (Pty) Ltd (donation in-kind)

Samara Private Game Reserve (donation in-kind)

Tswalu Kalahari Reserve

Wild Signs

Website photo credits: Ian Thomas, Joe Grosel and Alex van den Heever

Enquiries and Contact Details

SA College for Tourism - Tracker Academy

Magazine Hill
PO Box 314



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