African Wild Dog
This is a species that many first time safari goers are not aware of, but it is one the most sought-out animals by experienced safari travelers. This species is very active, gregarious, and fascinating making it many guides’ (including our biologist) favorite species to find and observe. This is a highly endangered species and because it ranges over wide areas it is also one of the most difficult species to plan to see. During the denning season, the pack becomes tied to a fixed location and this is the opportunity to utilize for anyone that is seriously planning to try and find this species. Outside of the denning season the best strategy is to safari in areas that have strong resident packs and we have very good success rates finding them throughout the year. Beyond the denning season we have also found November/December in Botswana to be outstanding as it is the impala lambing season, making for easy and frequent hunts for packs that have fast growing puppies demanding food.
Northern Botswana remains the best geographic area for finding and observing wild dogs in a wilderness setting. We keep tabs on numerous denning locations throughout the Okavango Delta and Kwando/Selinda/Linyanti region and the best camps to observe them from.
Other Areas of Note
The Laikipia area of Kenya has become an excellent area for wild dogs and many camps are able to use radio-telemetry to track research packs. The fenced Madikwe Reserve in South Africa is known for it’s wild dog sightings. Packs in Zambia’s South Luangwa have become much more frequently spotted over the last few years. The Selous region of Tanzania and the Niassa Reserve of Mozambique have some of the largest populations but the areas are large as well, with limited tourism access making sightings unreliable. Hwange in Zimbabwe is known for having good sightings. The Kakesio area south of the Serengeti can have amazing wild dog action hunting on the open plains during the wildebeest calving season (January through March) but that pack can be challenging to find. Mana Pools in Zimbabwe can rival Northern Botswana for outstanding wild dog viewing and they are often viewed on walking safaris.
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