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Alex van den Heever’s dream to establish a tracking school started when he was paired with Renias Mhlongo as his tracker at Londolozi Game Reserve in 1995. At the time, Renias, a highly skilled tracker, had been at Londolozi for 27 years. In 2008 Alex approached Mrs Rupert, the Chairperson of the SA College for Tourism (SACT) in Graaff-Reinet with the view of establishing an institution where the fast disappearing ...

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Alex van den Heever’s dream to establish a tracking school started when he was paired with Renias Mhlongo as his tracker at Londolozi Game Reserve in 1995. At the time, Renias, a highly skilled tracker, had been at Londolozi for 27 years. In 2008 Alex approached Mrs Rupert, the Chairperson of the SA College for Tourism (SACT) in Graaff-Reinet with the view of establishing an institution where the fast disappearing traditional art and indigenous knowledge of tracking animals could be taught and trained in a formal education and training environment. In 2010 Alex with encouragement and support of Mrs Rupert founded the Tracker Academy – the first school of its kind in Africa. The Tracker Academy stands as a division of SACT which operates under the auspices of the Peace Parks Foundation. The Tracker Academy trains unemployed rural people in traditional skills of tracking. The course is situated at Samara Game Reserve (6 months) and Londolozi Game reserve (6 months) – giving the students a full year of intensive tracker training. Qualified students find employment in the eco-tourism, anti-poaching and animal monitoring industries. Some 85% of our students have found employment. The course is fully sponsored.