Botswana: Moremi Reserve and the private reserves of Linyanti, Selinda and Kwando are known to be good places for dogs. Three of our favourite camps here are Lagoon Camp, Selinda Camp and Savuti Camp.
Tanzania: Selous Game Reserve has the world’s largest population of wild dogs. We love the simple Lake Manze Camp.
South Africa: Sabi Sands in Greater Kruger is known for good sightings. Madikwe also has many dogs
Zambia: South Luangwa has a project tracking wild dogs.
Kenya: The Laikipia and Samburu regions can also be good.
It is possible to see wild dogs at any time of the year. However one consideration is that they are more easily found when they are denning and for the weeks after pupping. Commonly this is around June to August.
We have a lovely itinerary called Falling for Wild Dogs (see below), but we can tailor make any itinerary for you to include giving you the best chance of seeing wild dogs.
One of the best moments was the sighting of a pack of 9 wild dogs, something we'd hoped for but not overly optimistically. Some of our fellow travellers had seen them hunt and kill the previous day on a Sable Mountain game drive but we were moving on the next day to Lake Manze. We needn't have worried because we came upon them en-route. They weren't hunting, but they just trotted along happily to a muddy, shady spot to 'chill out'. We saw them again the next day, and another group of 6, and on our last game drive there was one lost pup, wandering around on it's own, calling for it's family. We will never know if he found them.
We met a family of wild dogs – exciting enough – but then 17 puppies erupted from the den when the alpha male came to feed them.
The sighting of the wild dogs - almost every alternate day. One sighting in particular will linger in my memory for a long time to come. We chance upon a pack of wild dogs beneath a tree with a leopard on top of the tree and the carcass of a Nyala, which was killed by the Leopard dangling at the fork of the tree. The dogs were jumping to get a bite of the carcass. Eventually they did manage to eat half of the carcass.