I'd like to share my experience with you, in defence of the sightings boards.
Last September, I spent 11 'sleeps' in Kruger. Starting at Biyamiti and going up as far as Letaba and then back, ending my trip at Malelane camp.
While in the Park, I kept a close watch on the sightings boards and especially looked out for where the wild dog had been seen, as I had only seen them twice before, ages ago.
That same trip, my step daughter and family, on their first trip to Kruger, saw the dogs, half an hour on entering the park, at the Malelane Gate. I couldn't believe their luck and so was even more determined to find them.
My trip was almost over.
My last night was at Malelane camp. Still no dogs!!
At 5pm, I had just booked in at the Malelane gate, which is the procedure for Malelane and decided to go for one last search of the area.
I headed towards the bridge, over the Matjulu river, on the H3.
As I approached it, I saw a large number of cars on the S110 dirt road.
It had to be Wild Dog!!!! Please let it be Wild Dog!!!! No, it wasn't...but it was a beautiful leopard in a tree.
It was getting late, so I decided to leave ahead of the pack (pun) not wanting to be late back at camp.
I stopped for a few gorgeous sunset photos and as I pulled off again, I noticed a car had stopped, on the top of the rise, in front of me. I could hardly contain my excitement. It HAD to be!! Yes, it was!!!
A pack of about 8 Wild Dogs! They were running all around us. It was amazing! I was in my element! I spent a good 10 mins ( by now it was 5:55pm) with them as the other cars caught up.
I moved on reluctantly, but also to give the new arrivals a chance to share them. I know that a good deal of those people were heading for Berg en Dal and would most definitely have been late. it was worth it tho'.
Thanks to the sightings board and a good deal of luck, I had found my Wild Dogs!
I could now go home the next morning, totally satisfied, after another wonderful, successful trip.