African Wild Dog Safaris

Wild dogs, Painted Wolves, African Hunting Dogs – colourful, charismatic, sociable, fun, expressive, endangered – and one of the most successful hunters in Africa!

If you are interested in seeing the African Wild Dog then give us a ring! We love wild dogs and we know all the best areas, camps and even dedicated safaris where you will have a good chance of seeing these rare and beautiful hunting dogs.

Wild dogs are elusive and move very fast – we cannot guarantee that you will see them – but we can recommend areas in southern and eastern Arica where your chances of seeing Wild Dog would be greatest.

The time of year is also an important factor to increase your chances of sitting and watching the dogs in the wild. Dogs usually den around June/July/August and by September you may have the chance of seeing small puppies in and around den sites. However, at this time in their lives the puppies are very vulnerable from birds of prey, cats and hyenas and their time out of the den will be limited and supervised.

As the puppies grow older and stronger they will leave the den and go out with the adult dogs during the day. This is exhausting for young dogs and they will often spend time on a pan whilst adult dogs hunt and overall movements of the pack will be limited. Again the puppies are very vulnerable at this stage as their inquisitiveness and playfulness take them away from the pack and they are at risk from attack from other predators whilst they play.

By December/January the puppies will be mobile and able to keep up with their pack well and they will be participating in and learning how to hunt. Packs will be large as they are swelled with the young dogs and watching them at this stage can be brilliant fun – especially early in the morning as they are playing on the pans before hunting or late afternoon when the dogs are rousing from their daytime slumber.

Interactions between wild dogs and other predators is always very interesting to watch and to witness a hunt unfold and watch the hunting strategy of these very successful predators whilst bumping along in your 4 x 4 is both exhilarating and fascinating.

If you are seriously interested in seeing these successful predators for yourself then do contact us and we will use our experience and expert knowledge to recommend an itinerary and even specific regions and camps to increase your chances of encountering wild dogs in the wild.



Painted Dogs, also known as African Wild Dogs, are unique to Africa and they are among this continent’s most endangered species. It is estimated that a mere 3,000 – 5,000 remain. The Painted Dog population in Zimbabwe is one of the last strongholds of the species and the Painted Dog Conservation are committed to their conservation. Their conservation methods and work with the local communities is beginning to have a positive effect on the outlook of the Painted Dog species.

You can visit both Hwange National Park and The Painted Dog Education Centre as part of your Zimbabwe itinerary

All the photos on this page were taken by Tracks Safaris on our travels in Africa – we do get closer to wild dogs and we would love to get you closer too!

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