Much like the plover and the crocodile, trackers and field guides have a symbiotic relationship where they rely on each other’s talent and skill for mutual success. We often mention our field guides on the blog but their tracking partners are equally important for ensuring an action-packed game drive.

Johnson Mhlangu and Ross Couper - Singita Sabi Sand

Tracker Johnson Mhlanga has been working with Ross Couper for four years, and together they are a dynamic pair of wildlife sleuths, taking guests on thrilling, twice-daily game drives in Singita Sabi Sand. They are also known for their good humour, and Ross says that “when Johnson chuckles at something funny he almost falls off his tracker seat so I have learnt to keep the good jokes for when the vehicle has come to a complete stop!”


Ross has great admiration for Johnson’s humility, skills and experience, and together they have formed a great connection that allows them to navigate the bush by the shared memory of countless wildlife sightings. As Ross puts it so beautifully: “The history of our relationship is our compass.”


This collaborative approach is a critical component in a guest’s experience; the wordless communication between tracker and guide often leaving them quite bemused as they silently track down an elusive leopard, a lion cub or a pack of wild dogs. Johnson has a particularly keen eye for spotting animals in the distance, knowing instinctively what they are before the sighting is verified using a pair of binoculars. And unlike those of us who are a little less experienced in the bush, these are never mistakenly-identified rocks or bushes!


As the tracking team venture out on each drive, Johnson’s contagious smile and quiet confidence warm our guests even on the coldest of days. They are a fine example of people who are friends as well as colleagues, enjoying each other’s company, sharing a passion and enriching the experience for all who are lucky enough to be a part of it.



Singita Sabi Sand, which is a private concession that forms part of the greater Sabi Sand reserve, has been owned by the Bailes family since 1926. Singita Ebony Lodge and Singita Boulders Lodge, as well as exclusive-use property Singita Castleton, offer guests some of the most beautiful and luxurious safari accommodation in the world.

Similar blog Posts

Singita Grumeti

People of Singita: Mark Nicholson

South Africa is well-known as a safari destination, not least because so much of the country is dedicated to the preservation of its indigenous flora and fauna. 3 751 113 hectares of land is under conservation across 20 national parks (making up 6% of the country), not to mention the hundreds of thousands of hectares…

Read More

Meet Bush Buddies, Time & Robert

For many of Singita’s guests, the team that takes them into the bush every day is a huge part of the precious memories they will form on their visit. These skilled and experienced field guides and wildlife trackers share their knowledge and trivia with guests, as well as their enthusiasm and good humour, making every…

Read More

Lodges and Camps



Latest Wildlife Report

Singita Pamushana

The month of June has always been one of the best for game viewing, and this month lived up to its reputation. We leave the lodge in the early hours like snug bugs in rugs, beanies, jackets and gloves, and shed these as the morning warms up. We’ve long ago perfected the art of the...

Read More
View all Wildlife Reports

Videos from Singita

Latest Video

Serengeti Wildlife Moments

Spanning nearly 450,000 acres of endless savannah in Tanzania, Singita Serengeti offers visitors a front seat to the Great Migration as well as countless other wildlife experiences all year around. With a landscape that combines grassy plains with riverine forests and thorny scrubland, the area is home to a huge variety and number of big game and other iconic African animals.

Community & Conservation
A Wildlife Showcase
All Videos