Tracking towards brotherhood

World-renowned wildlife trackers Alex van den Heever and Renias Mhlongo have spent more than two decades working together, tracking leopards and lions at Londolozi, jaguars in South America and grizzly bears in the United States. With a passion for wildlife, tracking and the natural world, this is a partnership that is set in stone.

“The transforming nature of friendship and diversity is beyond dispute. Everyone has their own personal experiences and has enjoyed the rewards of committed intercultural friendships.” Motivational Speaker

There cannot be a truer statement when it comes to the friendship and lifelong career of Alex van den Heever and Renias Mhlongo.

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World-renowned wildlife trackers Alex van den Heever and Renias Mhlongo have spent more than two decades working together, tracking leopards and lions at Londolozi, jaguars in South America and grizzly bears in the United States. With a passion for wildlife, tracking and the natural world, this is a partnership that is set in stone.

Alex was a former EcoTraining student in 1994 and is now a Director of EcoTraining as of 2016. After his 25-years of guiding, environmental management, marketing and specialist safaris at the beautiful Londolozi, you can definitely say he is a jack of all trades.

In 1963, Renias Mhlongo was born in an area which is today part of the greater Kruger National Park. Renias grew up in a farming family where they spent their time growing vegetables, tending cattle, hunting and gathering. From a very young age, Renias was sent out to tend the family’s cattle. He is one of the last people to be raised in the original traditions of the Shangaan people.

Naturally, with a massive passion and keenness to learn from one another, this amazing friendship and partnership was formed and the magic of the wilderness has been brought to life through their love for nature and wildlife tracking. Together with Renias, they are a new generation of motivational speakers, conducting their presentation called “The Power of Relationships” to assist South African businesses with diversity-related issues.

Alex is currently the General Manager of Tracker Academy, a training division of the SA College for Tourism based in Graaff-Reinet. In 2017, Alex co-authored the Tracker Manual published by Struik Nature.

In their new book called Changing a Leopard’s Spots, Alex shares stories from his life with Renias, including the successes, failures, dramas, laughter, disappointments and highlights. As they experience numerous adventures, Alex and Renias learn to trust and rely on one another – both in order to stay alive, in a literal sense because of the sometimes dangerous environments in which they work, but also to develop a deep and meaningful relationship.

By challenging each other and learning from one another they break down social, cultural, racial and personal boundaries and obstacles that often divide South Africans; and in the process, the two men forge an unbreakable bond.

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Changing a Leopard’s Spots

Changing a Leopard’s Spots

This is a must-read! You can order it here:

South Africa https://www.takealot.com/changing-a-leopard-s-spots/PLID67865973

Or internationally https://www.amazon.com/Changing-Leopards-Spots-Adventures-Wildlife-ebook/dp/B084C1PST7

‘Entertaining and inspirational, a field guide to life.’TONY PARK, bestselling author

Compelling and unputdownable! This book goes beyond wildlife to life, love, trust and community’SELLO HATANG, Chief Executive of the Nelson Mandela Foundation

This is a fantastic, fast-paced adventure and a story of brotherhood between a white boy and a tracker, a story of deep appreciation of African culture and wildlife’GG ALCOCK, bestselling author