At Madkiwe Safari Lodge we love to make safari dreams come true.
Eleven-year-old Sadie Goldstein and her family visited Madikwe Safari Lodge recently, and she had one very special request – she wanted to see an African wild dog.
African wild dogs are one of her favourite animals, so much so that she chose them as the topic of her fourth-grade school research project. In her project, she learned that the wild dogs are an endangered species, and there are only a few thousand of them left in the world.
It’s remarkable that Sadie had heard of the plight of the little-known carnivore all the way in America, and amazing that she chose to share her knowledge with her classmates.
Sadie was so excited when she found out that Madikwe is one of the best places in South Africa to see the African wild dogs. During her first few game drives with her field guide JP Appelgren, the search was on to show Sadie these animals in real life.
During her third morning game drive, excitement erupted when JP heard from another guide that the wild dogs had been spotted in the western part of the reserve.
They were on a kill, which was good news because it meant the wild dogs might stay in the area for a little while – hopefully, enough time to get there.
We arrived to find a pack of 8 wild dogs lying on both the sides of the road, red mouths indicating their recent feast. The whole pack soon got up and started running towards a nearby water source.
On the way, the wild dogs bumped into a heard of wildebeest, who promptly chased them away. It was a very action-packed sighting, as is often the case with these energetic predators.
Afterwards, Sadie’s smile gave away her joy at seeing the wild dogs.
“They are amazing!” she exclaimed.
Words: Charlotte Arthun