We were fortunate to have a pack of wild dogs on Kapama. Wild dogs require massive home ranges and decided to pass through our reserve. I was on my afternoon game drive when I heard on the radio that this pack had been found so I responded immediately. Luckily for us, there was only one other vehicle interested so we could spend some time with them.
We stayed with the dogs for about 45 minutes and we noticed that they were looking for something to eat. All of a sudden, their momentum and stature changed and they were engaging in a full chase after a young waterbuck left alone by the mother. Soon, the chase ended and they had caught the waterbuck. All the dogs surrounded their prey and it was devoured within minutes.
Wild dogs are extremely good hunters and have a success rate of about 90%, especially since they are endurance runners.
This wild dog kill was a first for me and my guests. It is definitely a memory that will stay with us for a very long time.
Clive – Kapama River Lodge