Wild Dogs of Botswana


One of the top bucket list experiences to be had in Africa is seeing the legendary African Wild Dog in action in the quintessential African safari destination country of Botswana.

These long-legged canines’ Latin name (Lycaon pictus) means “painted wolf,” referring to the animal’s irregular, mottled coat, which features beautiful and unique patches of red, black, brown, white, and yellow fur. They live in highly structured packs that are usually dominated by a monogamous breeding pair. These dogs are very social, and packs have been known to share food and to assist weak or ill members. Social interactions are common, and the dogs communicate by touch, actions, and vocalizations. African Wild Dogs hunt in formidable, cooperative packs with a high-stamina approach, sometimes chasing prey over great distances.


The African Wild Dog plays a prominent role in the mythology and culture of several of the continent’s traditional tribes and peoples. Cosmetic objects from Egypt’s predynastic period (4,400 to 3,100 BC) show the wild dog as symbolising order over chaos. The San people of southern Africa also hold the wild dog dear to their hearts and minds, with many stories telling of the dogs’ hunting prowess and perseverance. The Ndebele people also have legends containing these painted dogs that have been retold by many generations.

These beautiful canines are unfortunately threatened by shrinking space in which to roam in their African home, and are unfortunately also quite susceptible to diseases spread by domestic animals. Inbreeding is also a problem in certain dog populations. They are the fifth most endangered mammal in Africa, and the second most endangered predator on the continent. There are only an estimated 7,000 of these animals left in the wild. The species’ prospects in Botswana are hopeful, with the north of the country probably holding the largest African Wild Dog population in all of Africa. The species’ most important stronghold in Botswana is Ngamiland, which includes the Okavango Delta, the Moremi Game Reserve and Chobe National Park.

Join us for an unforgettable guided safari through the best wildlife areas in Botswana, searching for these fascinating animals. We will start off in the famous, elephant-rich Chobe National Park then move westwards to the remote Linyanti River area. From here we continue southwards and after exploring the well documented Savute marsh area we move on to the world-famous Okavango Delta and the Moremi Game Reserve. We finish the safari off in Maun with possible extensions to the Makgadikgadi and Nxai Pans as well as the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. We will cover some of the most amazing wildlife areas in Southern Africa on this safari.

We will not only see the incredible African Wild Dog, but many other of the classic African wildlife species, including African Elephant, African Buffalo, Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Spotted Hyaena, Honey Badger, Greater Kudu,  Lechwe, Sitatunga, Waterbuck, Roan and Sable Antelope, and many more. We will also see amazing birds on this safari, along with other interesting insects, reptiles and fauna. And of course, stunning African landscapes and unforgettable sunsets are guaranteed!

For more information on this (and other) once-in-a-lifetime safari experience, enquire directly at info@naturetravelexpeditions.com or browse to our website to Botswana Wild Dog Safari for more information. We can customise this special safari to suit your individual needs and budget, so get in touch; Africa is calling!


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