“In the century now dawning, spirituality, visionary consciousness, and the ability to build and mend human relationships will be more important for the fate and safety of this nation than our capacity to forcefully subdue an enemy. Creating the world we want is a much more subtle but more powerful mode of operation than destroying the one we don’t want.” – Marianne Williamson
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.
During his 13 years at Londolozi, Alex conducted specialised safaris, did marketing presentations and ultimately became the Environmental manager of the reserve in 2002. Fascinated by local African naturalist skills, Alex qualified as a Senior Tracker, becoming one of only 18 in South Africa.
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 in the wild 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. Alex and Renias are the General Manager and Principle Trainer, respectively, of the Tracker Academy. It is extremely fortunate to have Londolozi as one of its training bases.
Alex and his tracker, Renias Mhlongo, have travelled internationally teaching tracking and presenting their motivational talk, “The Power of Relationships”.
Find out more about what Alex is doing below…