As one of the first San trackers to ever use the Cybertracker software, he was able to gather countless data for wildlife surveys and through this work co-authored several scientific papers.
One disappearing tradition of the Kalahari San is the “persistence hunting” that the San used to hunt food for their families. This unbelievable technique saw “runners” spend hours at a time running down antelope until the animal would collapse with exhaustion. Karoha can be seen using this traditional technique in this video, made for David Attenborough’s Life of Mammals series in 2002.
We have long worried that the unfathomable traditional knowledge of the Kalahari San is disappearing with modernization and the loss of their nomadic lifestyle. As one of the last Master trackers of Botswana, we will mourn both the loss of Karoha and his ever-present smile but also the incredible knowledge, stories and skills that he takes with him. We are so thankful for his joyful spirit, his hard work, his passion for the bush and for having worked with us to pass on his invaluable knowledge on to the next generation of conservationists. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his friends, family and loved ones, both far and wide.
“I had the great honor to work with Karoha for three years during my spoor surveys. He was a very cheerful person, always up for a laugh, and had an immense knowledge to share. It is a very sad loss for all of us personally who knew him, and for the world as well as this knowledge is disappearing with him.” – Marie-Charlotte Gielen