To the tracker, the bush is a cryptic puzzle, with clues that show which animals have passed, why, when and in what mood.
Tracks: check size, shape and direction; count toes (three for a rhino, four for hippos); and claws (cats’ don’t show; a dogs’ do).
Droppings: fresh or old? Piled or scattered? Check content. (Hyenas’ are white with crushed bone.)
Feeding signs: The different ways in which animals grab and bite their food.
Expert Africa (020-8232 9777; expertafrica.com) has nine nights’ self-drive to Namibia (three nights at Mundulea, above, with guide and three nights in Etosha), all for £2,657pp, including car hire and flights from London.