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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.

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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 Pet Insurance

BRO Trust and Oppenheimer Generations Research and Conservation

Blue Recruiting

Bro Trust

Genevieve Mensah

Hamilton Hill

Hans Hoheisen Charitable Trust

Henry H Bacon Estate

Henry Makansi

Iconic Africa

INEOS Grenadier

Jonsson Foundation (donation in-kind)

Koos & Rona Rupert Educational Trust

Londolozi Game Reserve (donation in-kind)

Metamorphosis Foundation

Multi Health Systems Staff

Mr Alan Fenton

Mr Nicholas & Francesca Tingley

Mr Richard & Mrs Fiona Houghton

Mr Will & Mrs Beth Gardiner

Mr Dag & Julie Skattum

Mr James Adams

Mr Jake & Mrs Gracia Donavan

Mr Carl Jankowitz

Mr Gareth & Mrs Carey McElhone

Mr James & Mrs Rachel Linnett

Mr Markus Heitz

Mr Michael Corrigan

Mr Niel & Mrs Nelia Hoogenhout

Mr Patrick O’Shaughnessy

Mr Paul Burgoyne

Mr Richard David Milligan

Operation Pachamama

Mr Ulrich & Mrs Doris Gerber

Mr Donald & Mrs Sara Kyte

Ms Hilary Rolton

Mr Robert Israel

Mr Mark Dixon

Richard Khoza Tracker Fund

Rupert Family Foundations

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

Sasei Foundation

Sandringham Nature 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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