Wildlife conservationists Will and Carol Fox formed On Track Safaris in 2007 with two aims. First to offer a unique and fresh safari experience that went beyond the run of the mill safaris on offer elsewhere. But also (and as importantly), to help fund their work in conservation.
As Will says, “Conservation and tourism must work hand in hand. After all if we don’t conserve wildlife there will be nothing for tourists to see. The reality is that conservation can’t rely solely on donations, it must be sustainable and that’s where tourism comes in. It’s a privilege for Carol and I to be able to enable our guests the opportunity to ‘be there’ and enjoy our unique wildlife safaris ”.
Will was born in North Yorkshire, United Kingdom where from an early age he developed a passion for wildlife. While perhaps not being politically correct today, in those days it was local Game Keepers who were his tutors teaching him field craft, the value of conservation and the need for balance in nature.
Carol was also born in North Yorkshire where the couple met in 1979.
Carol and Will were married in 1982 and their daughter Jennifer came along two years later. Soon after they moved to Dorset on the south coast of England to enjoy a better climate and the lush countryside.
The next twenty years saw Will travelling the world working in Oil Exploration and (following the first Gulf war), a five-year consultancy role with the British Ministry of Defence. All the while Carol followed a career in bookkeeping and accountancy.
Both were fruitful careers, but hardly ones that involved wildlife. The saving grace for Will was that this lifestyle of travelling away for work, offered long leave periods at home where Will and Carol had strong ties with local wildlife projects. Every spare moment was spent in the English countryside, where they were hands-on managing many wildlife and habitat programs.
Family is very important to the couple and so the dream of working with wildlife on other continents was put on hold until the time was right. For the time being their involvement was limited to safari holidays and short visits assisting conservation projects. However, a chance meeting on one such trip in 2003 saw them quitting their jobs and finally moving to South Africa.
By sheer serendipity they happened to briefly meet the then Manager of the INGWE Leopard Project. It was while hearing about the issues facing leopards in Africa that a desire to make a real difference in wildlife conservation was re-ignited. As Carol says “a light came on, and we knew that our next adventure would be working to conserve leopards”.
Moving to Africa to join the INGWE Leopard researchers wasn’t without its challenges. But Will and Carol threw themselves into those challenges, which took them from rookie researcher’s living in a remote cottage in the bush and camera trapping in the Lydenburg mountains; to becoming managers of the reborn INGWE Leopard Research program. The skills and experiences that they had gained elsewhere came to fruition to make a significant contribution to wildlife conservation.
Along the way they also founded the Leutla Conservancy (a protected area of like-minded landowners), were instrumental in creating Kudu Private Nature Reserve and formed a South African non-profit organisation Protecting African Wildlife (PAW) Conservation Trust. Will was the founding Chairman of PAW, and together Will and Carol managed and steered PAW to become an established contributor to wildlife conservation and community education.
As Will (a lifelong football fan) says “being involved with wildlife, and moving from the UK to Africa is like going from playing in the English 4th division to suddenly being in the Premier League. The basics are the same, but there is a lot more to learn”.
Serendipity again played its part, when Will and Carol met master wildlife trapper Dairen Simpson from the USA, who has since become a great friend. Over a five year period Will trained with Dairen catching Lion, Leopard, Cheetah and Hyena for conservation projects. Will learned the intricate and often-subtle field craft, techniques and understanding of animal behavior needed to capture and work with large predators (either to relocate an endangered animal or for researchers to fit a tracking collar). After years of training alongside Dairen, Will now works independently especially with Leopards and Hyena, but he still manages to fit in the odd trapping expedition somewhere in the world with his old friend. “You’re always learning”!
In all aspects of their life, Will and Carol are involved with wildlife. Leopard conservation, is at the very heart of what they do. They are also passionate about wildlife education and telling the real story from the African bush.
In 2010 they invested in, and Will became a Director of, WildEarth Media, producing LIVE wildlife safari TV shows from the African bush. They have also worked in several wildlife documentaries and Will has directed many of WildEarth’s TV shows, broadcasting LIVE to viewers around the world and especially in North America with the National Geographic channel.
From their first days with the INGWE project it was very evident to Will and Carol that funding conservation required a fresh approach. During what they now call their first careers Will and Carol had gained significant experience in project management and accountancy and knew things needed to evolve and change.
And so, in 2007, they formed On Track Safaris, not only to raise funds for their work in conservation, but as importantly to offer their guests a unique and immersive safari experience. Their aim was to create a safari experience that weaves together all the elements one expects from an African safari with a modern twist, offering a real insight into real wildlife conservation. Each itinerary is hand picked by Will and Carol and each safari is (in reality), the safari they would take themselves. Since its inception OTS has developed and grown in standing to become a leader in African safaris. Carol was present at the World Responsible Travel awards in London in November 2014 when they were awarded for their work in wildlife conservation. Will is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a visiting Research Fellow with Reading University and often lectures on wildlife conservation and sustainable tourism.
In 2014 they created the On Track Foundation, a UK charity that receives the net profits from On Track Safaris and under the management of its board of trustees funds wildlife conservation and education programs in Africa and India.
The future looks bright for On Track Safaris and for their work in conservation.
As each element that they are involved in grows and develops, new people are joining their team, bringing fresh ideas but always remaining true to Will and Carols ethos, or better put, staying On Track!
Wildlife Safari Specialists
Our award winning packages offer a safari experience that weaves together all the elements one expects from a safari while contributing to wildlife conservation. Each itinerary is hand picked by Will and Carol but moreover has been honed and crafted over many years in line with our guests feedback to evolve into the award winning packages we offer.
An On Track Safari provides all of the features that are expected in a safari: personal service, stylish accommodation and great game viewing. But we go one step further. We throw away any tourist rhetoric and want you to be able to ‘be involved’ and enjoy real wildlife experiences. We specialise in small group wildlife conservation safaris in support of wildlife conservation. This means that we can offer a personal service and flexibility to cater for any specific requirements and needs that you may have. Whether your preference is to see a broad-brush of general wildlife, or something specific, or if you would like to visit one of our community projects, be hands on, or sit back and let us take the strain, whatever you prefer we'll do our best to provide.
For example, when in Africa, everyone hopes to see the infamous big five when on Safari (Rhino, Elephant, Lion, Leopard and Buffalo), and of-course soak up the atmosphere, sights and sounds of the bush. We aim to provide all those things (mother nature permitting), but more than that, we want you to gain an insight into the real African bush, perhaps to understand what a Leopard track looks like and how it is just like a finger print, or understand what the barking noise you heard during the night meant (alarm call of a bush buck, who knows a predator is around), or what that smell of pop corn means as you pass a bush (female leopard in oestrous).
Of-course a safari wouldn’t be a safari without enjoying the quality accommodation and fantastic venues that are included in each of our tours.
We know that its important to be able to plan your safari costs and avoid any hidden extras. Quite simply, we don't believe in hidden extras, so we aim to provide an all inclusive price and if there are any additions to that one off price, they will be clearly shown on your itinerary.
When you join any of our South African safaris, we provide opportunities for you to be involved with our work in conservation and particularly with Leopards. You’ll meet and be involved with our team of conservationists, help to set trail cameras to monitor the nightly happenings.
Or when in India to know that funds from your safari are helping to support Tiger Guardian programs and Tiger conservation.
Let us know what you want from your safari and together we can make your time with us an experience that will provide memories to last a lifetime.
Also check out the amazing video footage on, all filmed on safari.
Camera Trappers gives you the opportunity to be part of our team and to stay connected with wildlife in the African bush from wherever you live in the world. Not only will you be connected with Africa but you will also be supporting vital wildlife research aimed at conserving leopard numbers and other species. Join the On Track team of camera trappers and be part of our team. Click here to check out our Camera Trapper Gallery with examples of just some of the camera trap pictures our members have received.
So how does it work? As a Camera Trapper we value your contribution to our work and keep you up to date with our progress. Each month you will receive some of the best pictures from the camera traps that you are helping to fund, placed in the African bush.
Our leopard research team utilise an extensive network of camera traps placed on game reserves, but we need more cameras and to be able to maintain and service the existing stock. By increasing the number of cameras we can increase our research areas and collect more data to be able to provide sufficient information to model leopard behaviour and numbers.
By joining On Track Camera Trappers program you will be actively supporting INGWE Leopard Research, as well as enjoying some amazing wildlife pictures sent to you each month.
What is a camera trap? Camera traps are digital cameras that are set out along game trails in remote locations within our various research sites. These camera traps are triggered by movement and operate 24 x 7, secretly recording the movement of animals in the bush and recording their behaviour without need for human presence or disruption of nature.
Why do you use camera traps? We use the camera trap images to identify individual leopards from their unique coat patterns. Each leopards coat pattern (spots and rosettes) is just like a finger print i.e. unique to each individual. We have created identification kits (a series of photographs of each known leopard taken from various angles and sides) and it is by comparing the camera trap images to these ID kits, that we can determine if it is a known leopard and where and when it was located. In this way we can build up a picture of leopard movement, density and behaviour that is previously unknown.
Of-course we don’t just get images of leopards any and all wildlife species that pass the cameras are pictures. From Antelope to Monkeys and Predators to birds.
This information can then be shared with governing bodies to assist them in credible and accurate decision making for the welfare of the species, as well as Universities.
Camera Trapper Annual membership £60 or $90
As a camera trapper member you will receive some of the best photographs taken by our cameras across several game reserves each month. You will also be eligible for a discount off any African Safari with On Track Safaris www.ontracksafaris.com (terms and conditions apply).
To become a Camera Trapper simply make payment by bank transfer or using a credit or debit card via Paypal. Please ensure that when paying via Paypal, you add your contact details when ordering, or alternately if paying via bank transfer please use your surname as the reference.
Once we receive payment then you will receive a confirmation email and thereafter our research team will place your camera out in the African bush at one of our research reserves. We will then be in touch to let you know to expect a monthly email with the best pictures from your camera.
If you wish to purchase a camera trapper membership as a gift, then simply order as above, then let us know and we’ll send you a gift certificate and also register the associated members contact details.
Just click the Pay Now button below to make payment by credit card via PayPal, or if you prefer to pay via bank transfer then use the Lloyds bank details shown.
Terms and Conditions
On Track Safaris operates the On Track Camera Trappers program in support of INGWE Leopard Research.
All camera traps are the property of On Track Safaris and that company shall hold the copyrights for all photographs, which may not be reproduced without prior written permission.
Please note, there is no guarantee as to the amount of pictures the camera will take or be sent, however 20-40 photographs is the average.
The use of the camera shall remain the sole responsibility of the Ingwe Leopard Research for whatever purpose deemed necessary.
Once a donation is received you will receive an email from the On Track Camera Trappers team to confirm membership. If you do not receive this notification within 10 working days of donation, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Camera Trappers membership is valid for 1 year from the date of the first picture taken with the camera. At the end of the year the membership can be renewed for another year at a reduced rate.
Full members have the right to name the camera(s) that they donate. On Track safaris can decline a donators name for the camera if it is deemed unsuitable.
Only cameras recommended by the Ingwe Leopard Research will be entered into the scheme.
Camera Trapper members are eligible for a discount off the standard price of an On Track Safari. This discount is only available for direct bookings.
By donating to join On Track Camera Trappers you are agreeing to the terms and conditions herein.