Tracking wild dog at Laikipia Wilderness

November 12th 2018  |  Kenya, Unique Experiences, Wildlife Safaris  |  by  Alice Gully
wild dog pack at Laikipia Wilderness

The area around Laikipia Wilderness Camp has one of the fastest growing populations of wild dog in Africa. Their territories are huge but within a small area there are two wild dog packs. Tracking them by vehicle, and occasionally on foot, offers some of the best wild dogs sightings in the world – right on the camp’s door step.

Wild dog at Laikipia Wilderness, credit Richard Carey photography

Wild dog at Laikipia Wilderness, credit Richard Carey photography

Laikipia’s landscape

Laikipia is like nowhere else in Africa. Miles and miles of unfenced wilderness, beautiful scenery, wildlife that is on the increase, and in greater numbers than anywhere else in Kenya except the Masai Mara.  The climate is perfect, the proud local people are still very close to their traditions, and there is the freedom to explore this haven any way you can imagine. Unlike the endless open plains in the Masai Mara, Laikipia boasts a wonderfully variable landscape of rocky outcrops, little rivers, riverine forest, acacia woodland, open plains and escarpments.  There is the option of getting out of a vehicle to explore this amazing area on foot as well as covering ground by jeep.

Views over the landscape from Laikipia Wilderness Camp

Views over the landscape from Laikipia Wilderness Camp

Wildlife alongside tracking wild dog

Amidst this scenery there are large numbers of elephants in smaller herds than in some parts of the country, a sign of being unstressed. Reticulated giraffe, Grevy’s zebra, hippo, buffalo, warthog, lions, hyenas, bat-eared foxes and many antelope species are all commonly seen. Of the more exciting and interesting species you may not find elsewhere are good sightings of  leopard, striped hyena, aardwolf, aardvark and not least, some of the best wild dog sightings in Africa. Groups of photographers or just plain wild dog enthusiasts come to this area to see wild dog.  They can take a few days to find as they roam their huge territories, but with five days to a week to concentrate on them, the chances of excellent sightings are very good.

Walking with wild dog at Laikipia Wilderness

Walking with wild dog at Laikipia Wilderness

Three nights at Laikipia Wilderness costs from £1,320 per person on a fully inclusive basis.

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What next?

We would be delighted to help you plan a holiday, or answer any questions about visiting an area with wild dogs or other iconic African predators.  Our team of experts have travelled widely throughout Africa. They can offer expert advice on every type of safari from family and beach holidays to riding and primate safaris.  If you would like to talk to someone who has been there and done it, please just send us an email or give us a call.

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