$9,950 per person sharing with a single supplement of $2,050
August 22 – September 4, 2024
This one-of-a-kind small group safari features an exceptional Bushman Guide from The Wild Source, as you visit two iconic locations featured in films about African wild dogs.
First you’ll visit a prime wildlife area in Botswana’s Okavango Delta, where BBC filmed Planet Earth III “Freshwater” episode, featuring African wild dogs hunting red lechwe in the water. This unusual hunting technique was first documented on video by The Wild Source and we helped plan the filming for the BBC Natural History Unit. You’ll be guided by Diesel, who guided the BBC film crew and is the expert on the area’s three dog packs. Diesel is a Bushman and a master of the ancient skill of tracking, which helps with locating African wild dogs. In this area you are able to follow the dogs off-road – a thrilling adventure to try and follow them on their hunts! While this is one of the richest areas in the world for witnessing wild dog behavior it is also a stellar region for overall wildlife viewing. Leopard are particularly excellent in this area. Lion, elephant, buffalo, and stunning sable are common in the area. Night drives can also be quite productive, and often less sighted mid-size carnivores are located such as civet, honey badger, and African wildcat.
Then Diesel will lead the group as you travel on to Zambia; first for a night on an island in the Zambezi River near Livingstone, then on to Lower Zambezi National Park. The Lower Zambezi has also been a hotspot for wild dogs the past few seasons, with filmmakers focusing on a massive pack that frequently hunt buffalo – extremely unusual for wild dogs to hunt this large and dangerous species. The Lower Zambezi is a special place with towering open forests, vast flood plains and a great river ever present that is a magnet for animals in the dry season. This is an outstanding location for elephant viewing, hippos, buffalo, and very productive for leopard viewing.
We have planned this safari to take place at the end of the typical wild dog denning season, when the pups will be very active and the packs will be close to finishing denning, or quite possibly mobile but traveling slowly due to the puppies.
This safari is a back-to-nature adventure featuring classic style safari camps, top guiding and epic locations in very wild areas. Wildlife viewing activities at each camp are totally flexible and will be tailored to the daily movements of the wildlife. In addition to wild dogs, you will likely see between 30 and 35 different mammal species along with a spectacular array of birds and other wildlife.
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This is sure to be an unforgettable safari adventure!