Conditions for tracking will be the worst I have ever tracked in. The area is well trodden, and finding a print will be difficult, let alone following it for several miles.
Our preparation started months ago. The trackers have been putting them selves through a strict fitness regime, and getting lots of dirt time in. So we will never more ready than we are now.
The picture alongside is the entrance to one of the toughest boot camps in the world.
This boot camp has no concessions. Even as a visiting instructor, I had to under-go a gruelling initiation as soon as I arrived at mid-day. I had to run to foot of Grandmother and then run up and back down . Grandmother is a kopje on top of a hill. It is a gauntlett of cobras, and the route to Grandmother was well populated by very big Tsavo elephants. So setting off on my own , I knew, fail this and Im going home. Go for it, and enjoy tip-toeing past the elephants and sprint past the cobras, and hopefully earn the respect of fellow instructors.
The words read: " Our Motto- Train Hard Fight easy"