About Tracks of Giants

Following ancient elephant migration paths linking major wildlife parks, conservationists Ian MCallum and Ian Michler are undertaking a five month west-to east journey across eight southern African countries. They will travel by bicycle, on foot and by kayak (Zambezi River and Okavango Delta) . The expedition will take place between 1 May through to September 2012, with the purpose of raising awareness and exploring possible solutions to current environmental and wildlife challenges. The journey aims to rekindle the rapidly declining indigenous knowledge base of the human – animal interface, and indigenous solutions to conservation challenges and issues. Along the way they will meet with local communities, work with partners and survey and document animal movements and conservation issues. Visit the Tracks of Giants website
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End of the road marks the beginning of environmental change…

Tracks of Giants, the epic conservation trek over 5000 kilometres through six southern African countries has come to an end. But the impact of the expedition will have a lasting effect for years to come. Starting on the Namibian coastline on May 01, 2012, the journey saw a team of conservationists travel across southern Africa …

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The Majesty of the Makgadikgadi

I have on many occasions accompanied guests, friends or family through the Makgadikgadi Pans of northern Botswana. Without fail the feedback has always been one of only two responses: a few have questioned my sanity for bringing them to such a dry and barren world, but most have simply been blown away by the stark …

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Through Hwange and back to Botswana

The plight of Zimbabwe has dominated African headlines over the last decade and more. Sadly, these have mostly been about the ways of despotic politicians and how their political expediency tore a country’s political, social and economic fabric apart. The ruling party, ZANU PF, had every right to deal with long-simmering land issues that had …

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Tracks of Giants – kayaking the mighty Zambezi to the half-way mark!

Yesterday afternoon, after an exciting day of kayaking down the mighty Zambezi River, we reached the Waterfront on the edge of Livingstone, Zambia. It brought to an end another incredible leg on the TRACKS expedition – 232kms down one of Africa’s greatest rivers. And during the day, we passed the 2 500km and half-way mark – …

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Tracks of Giants journey reaches one-third milestone

Tracks of Giants is a five-month,  field-based nature conservation expedition following in the tracks of ancient elephant migration routes through six countries across southern Africa. The Tracks of Giants team passed the 1 700-kilometre milestone on 1 June 2012 at Guma Lagoon in Botswana, which marked one-third of the journey that had been completed successfully. …

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Tracks of Giants: thank you and farewell Namibia

By Ian Michler It took us 27 days and 1,490 km to pass through Namibia. And as it so often happens on long journeys, individual days tend to merge the passage of time. As we left the Dobe border post for the Okavango wetlands in Botswana, recollections of those first steps as we ventured out …

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First leg of Tracks of Giants expedition completed

Three weeks into the epic, five month Tracks of Giants expedition, the team is getting accustomed to the physical demands of the course as well as the harsh Namibian environment. The Tracks of Giants expedition kicked off on the Atlantic coast of Southern Africa in Namibia on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 and will see the …

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Tracks of Giants – crossing the desert

I have been to the tiny dusty village of Puros in Namibia a number of times, but never had this collection of drab tin and pre-fab dwellings been such a welcome sight. Lying on the edge of the Hoarusib River that splits the true Namib Desert from the pre-Namib and Escarpment to the east, it …

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Tracks of Giants expedition kicks off in Namibia

Two intrepid conservationists, together with a dedicated support team, have begun a 5000 kilometre, 20 week journey through six countries to help raise awareness of the importance of transfrontier conservation in Africa. The Tracks of Giants expedition kicked off on the Atlantic coast of Southern Africa in Namibia on Tuesday, May 1, 2012. The expedition …

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