i thought what better way to introduce myself than to tell you all about my recent visit to the kruger and my time with the Wild Dogs.
As i am from sydney/australia i do not get a chance to visit the Kruger all that often. well actually,very rairly. but i have had the chance to make 3 trips to the Kruger in the past three years. each time, hoping beyond hope that i would see Wild Dogs.
and would you beleive it , each time there have been sightings right up until a couple of days before i arrive...and then ....nothing. it was my reason to keep coming back.
well, this time i had 14 whole days in the Kruger park and i wasn't leaving until i saw my Wild Dogs. i had 10 days on a self drive , and 4 days with a company that i had used in the past (wild wings safaris)
for the first couple of days , i was always at the wrong end of the park at the wrong time,so whenever there was a sighting of the dogs i was always too far away.
on the fourth day , i joined (wild wings safaris) for a 4 day safari. three days past with no sightings of the wild dogs, not that the guide (Simon) did not try.everyone on the safari knew my passion for wild dogs and how much i wanted to see them.
on the last day with 4hrs to go i just tried to put it to the back of my mind ,so i wouldn't be dissapointed. then , simon receives a message to say there has been a sighting of wild dogs , it would be a long shot as they were 40km away , and we could possibly miss them , but everybody on board said to go for it and at least try.
so , filled with excitement , off we went in search of my wild dogs. the drive seemed to take forever. i was actually praying that they would still be there once we arived. i kept asking, how far now, are we there yet? finally we had reached the area where they were last seen,up ahead there were a few cars stopped at the side of the road,and my heart suddenly gained pace and started beating furiously,my eyes were like saucers looking for that first glimpse.
and then,there they were , a pack of 17 ,lying right next to the road. you can not imagine the overwhelming feeling of joy to be able to live your dream,it's just indescribeable.
we were able to be within meters of these beautiful creatures and to be looked in the eyes, by a wild dog is magical.
i was so happy, the dogs then decided they would start playing beside our vehicle. what a sight that was,and the sounds they make are wonderful. they were all jumping over each other and biting and pulling tails ,this went on for at least half an hour before we had to leave the park.
what a fantastic way to end the sfari and what a spectacular first sighting of wild dogs.
i will tell you about my second wild dog encounter some other time.
thanks for reading
cheers from downunder
The Dog Lady (jeanie) i will attempt to upload some pics.hope they work.