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Wild Dogs Safari

Try to see wild dogs if you get a chance. It is a lovely sight.

Of course the wild dogs in Africa are an endangered species, so it's actually a very special wildlife sighting too.

Wild dogs are pack animals so when you see one, you usually see many more. Packs of up to 40 individuals are not unheard of.

The exciting thing about a wild dogs safari is the interaction between all the pack. They 'talk' to each other, they play together, they share hunting and any food they catch, they look after the young and the old members of their pack.  It is truly enthralling to watch.

Dogs had a pretty bad time a few years ago as disease wiped many of them out. They are also not really liked by farmers of course. Currently they are doing relatively well in many places so there are now a few regions where you might be lucky enough to see them. Here are a few key suggestions.

As for the best time to see wild dogs, you generally stand a better chance of spotting them around denning time and when they have young pups, as they tend to stay in one spot for longer. Whilst they can have pups at any time, the most common time is from around late June to September, so this is a good time to consider. 

For a description of a wild dog experience in Botswana, read our blog post "hunting the hunting dogs"

Below are some holidays on which you stand a good chance of seeing wild dogs, but if you want us to plan something very specific for you just ask.  For example, there is a wild dog project in South Luangwa and sometimes the researchers will allow a guests to join them on their 'rounds'. That would be immersion in a real wild dog experience!

"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."
Memory by: Barbara Barker
"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."
Memory by: YY Chin
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