Changing Planet

Story of One of Africa’s Greatest Animal Trackers

Episode 4: Master Tracker

During Mozambique’s civil war, Wilson Masiya walked through Kruger National Park four times, guiding desperate families to relative safety in South Africa. Now, he is a Master Tracker at the Royal Malewane, one of South Africa’s most luxurious private game lodges. In this episode of Through the Prides, we hear Wilson’s incredible story of becoming one of the most renowned game trackers in southern Africa.

About This Series

Through the Prides is a five-part web series funded by a National Geographic Young Explorers Grant that examines the history of immigration through Kruger National Park. Kruger is South Africa’s largest game reserve and has been a migratory route between Mozambique and South Africa for over a century.

In each episode of Through the Prides, we delve in to the lives of those who still cross Kruger on foot. It is a story about families separated by borders and the lengths to which people will go to build a new home on the South African side of the park. It is also a story of the park rangers who struggle to find a solution for the influx of desperate immigrants passing through Kruger. Finally, it is a story about those who risk death from starvation, dehydration and animal attacks in order to reunite with their family on the other side of the border.

See All Through the Prides Episodes

Jaclyn Skurie and Madeleine May are a Young Explorer team documenting conflict between lions and Mozambican immigrants crossing the border into South Africa through Kruger National Park. Follow their project at www.throughtheprides.com.
  • Tiago Brito

    Love this dying breed of skilled men this is what you call field craft . I learnt tracking in the army but with animals its different and fascinating because animals are tricky.

  • Tiago Brito

    Love this dying breed of skilled men this is what you call field craft . I learnt tracking in the army but with animals its different and fascinating because animals are tricky.

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