Wildchild and family jut got back from the KNP!
Had the pleasure of spending eight fun filled viewing days from the 2nd to the 9th December in the park and saw wild dogs on three different occasions.
Our first sighting this trip occurred on the Gomondwane Loop.
After passing a family of white rhino which were fairly close, we carried on along the loop and on turning one of the bends in the road, were met by the sight of some wild dogs sitting right on the shoulder o the road.
in all there were nine dogs in the pack and we spent some quality minutes with them as they ran into the bush, came out again a few times until they finally disappeared into the veld.
Our second and third sightings took place on our last day in the park on our ay home.
After entering the park at the Crocodile Bridge Gate, we were deciding whether to take the S28 or the main tarred road.
We decided on the tarred road and shortly came across a pack of dogs sitting on the side of the road. in all, there were eight in this pack.
We followed them for a fair distance as the alpha male proceeded into the bush trying to pick up the scent of game and the younger ones frolicked around and were intently involved in their games catch me.
The third sighting took place later the same day, in fact, it was at about ten thirty on our way down from Tshokwane towards Skukuza.
this was a pack of fifteen, some of whom were busy eating something which they had killed.
All we saw were a few chunks of meat in some of their mouths, while the others were trying to snatch the meat from their mouths.
We stayed with this pack for close to two hours as they ran along the road looking for more food.
At one stage the Alpha male managed to flush an Impala ram from the bush but they did not manage to kill it. The other amazing observation was an impala lamb which was sitting about to to three metres away from the road and we expected, it to fall prey to one of the fifteen that were headed its way.
Yet, believe it or not, every single one of the dogs passed by without so much as seeing or smelling it.
We were indeed fortunate to view three different sightings of these amazing creatures during this trip.
Almost forgot to mention, the most disappointing part during this sighting, was the fact that one of the dogs picked up an old rusted cooldrink can which it began chewing on while another dog snatched part of it from it and also chewed on it.
that was not all, one of them also picked up a plastic bag which it began chewing.
I have not seen so much littering in the park on any of my previous trips as on this one: toilet paper, dustbin plastic, paper bags, cans and plastic packet!