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Seeing Wild Dogs in Africa

The experience of spotting wild dogs

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

The best places to see wild dogs in Africa

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 our top recommendations:
  • Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania : Selous has the largest population of wild dogs in Africa. Neaby Ruaha is also a good bet for seeing the dogs. 
  • Selinda, Linyanti and Kwando Reserves, Botswana : These are some of the very best places to see the dogs. 
  • Madikwe Reserve, South Africa : There is a decent population of dogs here so sightings are relatively common as the park is quite small in comparison to the Selous for example. 
  • Samburu and Laikipia Plateau, Kenya : There is an important wild dog project in this region so it is now becoming an increasing stronghold for the dogs. 
  • South Luangwa National Park, Zambia: You can see wild dogs here, and excitingly, there is a carnivore project which allows you to go out with researchers once a year, so you might be able to see wild dogs whilst with the researchers. 

The best time to see wild dogs

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. 

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