Track & Hunt

Change your perspective

Change your perspective and come on an adventure, walking in the footsteps of the ancient people who call this wilderness home. The rare privilege of tracking an animal with the San hunters is undoubtedly one of the richest and most pleasurably surprising experiences you could hope to have. 

Their understanding of the animal and formidable mental agility enables them to anticipate its movements and follow footprints over rocky ground even when none are visible.  Impressive endurance athletes, they have the capacity to run their prey to exhaustion, whereupon they employ a well-aimed poison-tipped arrow to swiftly finish the job.

We offer a minimum 5 Day SANtrack Package. You will venture into the wild with the San Master Trackers/Evaluators and spend the nights under the stars.

(This package includes:
A return Barefoot Academy Transfer, Full Board Tented Accommodation. Hosted by the Ju/’hoansi Evaluators which are trained and appointed by the founder of CyberTracker, Louis Liebenberg. You will learn and be tested on the basics of CyberTracking and could be awarded with an Adventure Tracker Certificate.)

We have teamed up with CyberTracker’s, Louis Liebenberg who has trained and certified the San Master Trackers who you will have the honor to learn from.

CyberTracker has grown from a simple hypothesis: The art of tracking may have been the origin of science. Science may have evolved more than a hundred thousand years ago with the evolution of modern hunter-gatherers. Scientific reasoning may therefore be an innate ability of the human mind. This may have far-reaching implications for indigenous knowledge, self-education and citizen science.

If the art of tracking was the origin of science, then modern-day trackers should be able to do science. However, some of the best traditional trackers in Africa cannot read or write. To overcome this problem, the CyberTracker software was developed with an icon-based user interface that enabled expert non-literate trackers to record complex geo-referenced observations on animal behaviour.

Creating employment opportunities for trackers provides economic benefits to local communities. In addition, non-literate trackers who have in the past been employed as unskilled labourers can gain recognition for their specialised expertise.

The employment of trackers will also help to retain traditional skills which may otherwise be lost in the near future. This has cultural significance in that communities will be able to make a unique contribution to conservation. This will create a sense of cultural ownership of conservation, which may well be one of the most important contributions traditional tracking can make.

Some of the most important applications of tracking would be in controlling poaching, in ecotourism, in environmental education and in scientific research.

Tracker Certification

The CyberTracker Tracker Certification was initiated by Louis Liebenberg in 1994. The employment of trackers in scientific research requires the highest level of tracking expertise. Tracker certificates will help to validate data collected by trackers by providing an objective test of observer reliability.

The art of tracking should therefore be recognized as a specialized profession.

In order to develop the art of tracking as a modern profession very high standards of certification need to be maintained. Trackers are graded in order to determine their level of expertise, so that they can be promoted according to different salary scales. This provides an incentive for trackers to develop their skills and strive towards the highest levels of excellence.

Outline of the CyberTracker Tracker Certificates

Certificates fall into five categories for tracking animals and humans:

  1. Learner Certificates: Junior and Adventure Trackers.
    An informal, playful Learning Process
  1. Primary Certificates: Follow the formal Evaluation Process, but not consistent Standards
  2. Secondary Certificates: Maintaining Consistent Evaluation Standards
  3. Tertiary Certificates: The Highest Standards of Excellence
  4. Master Tracker: Recognition of Traditional Knowledge, New Knowledge,

Mentoring and Development of the tracker community

Detailed on certification: