iTrack Africa 4+

Designed for iPad

    • 4.3 • 3 Ratings
    • $14.99



There’s something about knowing what creatures sniffed your tent in the night or walked along the path ahead of you. And yet, so often those signs are a mystery to us.

Well they needn’t be. iTrack Southern Africa is an easy-to-use digital field guide that takes our communal knowledge of Southern African mammal tracks to another level altogether. It is accessible enough for those outdoor enthusiasts with nothing more than a casual interest in the footprints they come across and yet contains enough accurate and quantifiable information to be a powerful tool for hunters, researchers and expert trackers.

It breaks new ground in documenting the commonly used gait patterns of many Southern African mammals and makes use of over 2000 measurements to bring users never before published detail on track dimensions.

Some of the key features of this app include:
• Track and sign information for 61 Southern African mammal species (this number will continue to be added to in future updates).
• Over 650 high quality track, sign, and animal photos with captions that point out key identification features.
• Scale bars with precise measurements next to many track and sign photos.
• Hoof, paw or foot photographs for a number species.
• Photographs of commonly used gait patterns.
• Detailed descriptions for both front and hind tracks.
• Accurate track measurements for a number of track dimensions including, for certain species, claws lengths and intermediate pad widths.
• Detailed dung, gait, and similar species descriptions.
• A beautiful, easy to use interface.
• The ability to zoom, pinch, and swipe between photos.
• Wikipedia pages for each species - stored in the app to allow viewing with no internet connection.
• Information sections including how to measure tracks, basic track anatomy, gait patterns and trailing animals, including a novel section on the psychology behind tracking and how to focus your thinking to maximize your chances of successfully tracking down an animal.

iTrack Southern Africa, goes far beyond what a traditional field guide can offer with a powerful search tool developed by Jonah to simplify track identification in the field. It makes use of basic track features, length and width measurements and your locality to narrow down the options. If you’re not sure what criteria to choose, just leave it out and the tool will still provide you with a list of possibilities based on the information you have given it.

Search by the following criteria:
• Common/Latin name
• Track size
• The number of toes
• Toe shape
• Presence or absence of claws
• Mammal group
• Location by Southern African country

iTrack Southern Africa is a collaborative effort between Dave Hood, a South African Field Guide and Naturalist with a passion for tracking who provided the bulk of the content and Jonah Evans – a wildlife biologist, the Texan State Mammologist and a CyberTracker track and sign specialist and evaluator. Jonah is also the producer of iTrack Wildlife – the definitive North American digital mammal track guide. The app uses Louis Liebenberg’s drawings which are considered to be the most accurate depictions of Southern African animal tracks.

Species List:

African (Cape) Buffalo
African Civet
African (Cape) Clawless Otter
African (Bush) Elephant
African Wild Cat
African Wild Dog
Bat-eared Fox
Black Rhino
Black Wildebeest
Black-backed Jackal
Blue Wildebeest
Cape Ground Squirrel
Cape Grysbok
Chacma Baboon
Common Duiker
Common Waterbuck
Domestic Cat
Domestic Cow
Domestic Dog
Domestic Sheep
Greater Kudu
Honey Badger
Mountain Reedbuck
Red Hartebeest
Red Lechwe
Rock Hyrax
Sable Antelope
Southern African Hedgehog
Southern Reedbuck
Spotted Hyaena
Striped Polecat
Vervet Monkey
Water (Marsh) Mongoose
White Rhinoceros
Yellow Mongoose

What’s New

Version 2.0.0

Added new species: Serval, Caracal, Blue Duiker, Cape Grey Mongoose and Banded Mongoose

Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
3 Ratings

3 Ratings

DieBoesman ,

Great for learning

Excellent app. Search function works very well to identify unknown tracks. Once animal is identified, information and photos provided is great for learning. Looking forward to further expansion of information.

K0ED0E ,

No Cheetah tracks?

The following review was not sent by me, so is the developer creating fake reviews, or has my profile been hacked???

Just bought - still has to test propely, but I am immediately disappointed by the small number of animals in the list for such a pricey app. Two biggies that jumped up immediately are Cheetah and Black Rhino, with Ostrich, Honeybadgers, Pangolin, Kudu and Brown Hyena up next, sure there will be plenty to follow... Would also like to see some other Southern Africa traks like snakes and other reptiles, and maybe even a birdlife and insect add on later, but for now, the animal list is in my opinion very skimpy for the price

Developer Response ,

Thanks for the review. The app does have cheetah, black rhino, honey badger, and kudu. They only species from your list that we don't currently have are pangolin and brown hyena (we do have spotted hyena though). For this version of the app, we've only focused on mammals, but we would definitely like to do birds and other taxonomic groups next!

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  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members can use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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