In recent years those wanting to see African wild dogs were smart to head to Botswana, as it has been the most reliable location. In fact, this highly charismatic species is frequently observed throughout much of northern Botswana.
However, I have been pleased to see an excellent location for sighting wild dogs develop in Kenya in the Laikipia region, and specifically on Sosian Ranch. The proliferation of wild dog sightings at Sosian has created a tremendous opportunity to plan safari itineraries that have a high probability of experiencing wild dogs in combination with the amazing big cats of the Mara region (staying in one of the conservancies to avoid crowds!) – an ideal safari for those with a big interest in predators.
What I love from a safari point of view is this is an area of low density tourism as the Sosian Ranch is 24,000 acres and only houses Sosian Lodge with a capacity for just 14 guests. This means you get an exclusive experience, which is optimal to track and observe African wild dogs.
Another strength of Sosian is the diversity of activities as it’s a great area for walking, horseback riding, camel safaris and a number of other activities and some of the best wild dog action has actually been observed on foot.
Following the split, there is the boy pack – 10 males and one female – that have been rough on the Sosian pack that had denned in July the previous two years and a couple pack members were killed. However, the dominant female of the Sosian pack had found a safe den location and disappeared into it at the end of September, and hopefully new pups will emerge soon.
Locating the dogs on game drives and walks is a common occurrence. Sosian also works in conjunction with the neighboring predator research center and as a few dogs in each pack are collared it is generally possible to track them if they disappear for a few days making Sosian as reliable of a year round wild dog destination as there is.