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 Post subject: Re: Good denning season - wild dog numbers looking good!
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Regarding the 'Orpen' pack.

In my last few visits to Kruger, granted, not very recently, but not far apart, I saw 11 dogs 7 km from Orpen camp on the H7, and 24 on the Vutomi road the next time.

I might be mistaken, but I think they were 2 separate packs.

Talamati is serval country PietSkiet. Look for them there rather.

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 Post subject: Re: Good denning season - wild dog numbers looking good!
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I would agree :thumbs_up:

I am in contact with a ranger in the endangered wildlife trust wild dog project in Kruger. They are currently stationed in Central Kruger, and hoping to collar a pack that is so far un-collared.
I am shocked to hear there are 6 packs in Central Kruger :big_eyes: :big_eyes: :big_eyes:

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PietSkiet wrote:
Thanks for the info, it is interesting.

We saw a pack of 6 dogs on the S90 near the Balule turn off in August 2010 but I have never heard or seen anything on this pack again. Is there anyone who perhaps have info regarding this pack?


We found them at Ngotso again this holiday, although we couldn't see them all, other guests said they counted 6 in the pack.

Then the pack around Satara counted 7 adults, they were seen quite regularly within 4 to 5 km from the camp, as far south as the Nwanetsi road turn off, the Orpen road up to Nsemani dam, S100, and apparently one day 200m from the Satara gate.


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 Post subject: Re: Good denning season - wild dog numbers looking good!
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6 packs in Central Kruger, that is good news. I thought there were 2 or 3 packs.

:thumbs_up: Thanks for the tip BB, I have never seen Serval in Kruger so that will be a big bonus.
First trip to Talamati but I can see myself spending countless hours at the hide.

Hi PetraJ, I'm following your trip report and absolutely loving it, thanks for the info, good to know they are still there. Also good news on the Satara pack, if we can call them that, have also never seen them but there is a first for everything.

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 Post subject: Re: Good denning season - wild dog numbers looking good!
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Wow, that is great to know that their numbers are increasing... :thumbs_up:

The more there are, the better the chance to see some, or am I wrong?

Hoping to see them during my next Kruger trip in August 2014!! :pray:


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 Post subject: Re: Good denning season - wild dog numbers looking good!
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We saw 3 different packs within 4 hours last week, Skukuza to LS tar road, S30 and the S25 nr Hippo Pools. We then had a further sighting close to Skukuza, doggy days :-)

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 Post subject: Re: Good denning season - wild dog numbers looking good!
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Great new Andrea :thumbs_up:

Mfezi August isn't a great month for wild dog sightings ... but we wish you the best luck :D

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 Post subject: Re: Good denning season - wild dog numbers looking good!
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Wow Andrea,

I have had 5 sightings in 29 years so that is fantastic.

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S25 near hippo pools is a 'common' doggie area.

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 Post subject: Re: Good denning season - wild dog numbers looking good!
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I just returned from Kruger and am pleased to say that we had several sightings of the dogs. We saw two running down the road just outside of Lower Sabie camp during the rain (no photos- only video). Then we had 5 sightings of the pack of 6 near Berg En Dal (collared leader). I thought that pack looked in good condition- here are several photos of them taken last week.

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Thanks for the information cheetah2111. We witnessed 6 members of the Skukuza pack (confirmed by KNP wild dog research unit) directly north of afsaal middle November 2013. We left them still moving south at Renosterpan the same morning and it wasn't long after that when these dogs attacked the Bergendal pack and killed at least 1 dog. What is the dynamics of the Skukuza pack at present? Especially since the alpha male Lightning is now seen on its own along the h4-1? The remainder of the pack seem to hang around the Sand River (H1-2) and Sabi Sands area a lot since 10 dogs are often seen on the private reserves. If they split up the 6 dogs in the south surely forms a new pack as well?

Please let me know I am fascinated by the packs in Kruger!


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 Post subject: Re: Good denning season - wild dog numbers looking good!
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Judging by the many comments on Wild Dogs and sightings thereof I'm wondering why I battle to see any. It's been years since I last saw a pack. I often used to go out looking for them when a sighting was posted on the Sightings Board & have never found them once. Any tips would be most appreciated. One thing is for sure I do drive slowly & I have high rise vehicle which is an advantage, but just never seem to see them. :cry:


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Cheetah, glad to hear that the Wild Dog population is doing so well. We hope to get another sighting when we visit Kruger next spring. Last time we saw any, it was a small group of 5 on the S118 just east of the H3. It was a very hot day and they had apparently just eaten, as all had bellies that looked as though they would burst at any moment. We watched them for over a half hour, as they just laid sleeping and trying to stay out of the heat. a few cars drove by and none even slowed down to see what we were watching. They were no more than 8m away from the road!

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Saw 4 of the Orpen pack this morning on the Rabelaise loop.

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