Chasing the Painted Wolf - Laikipia Wilderness Camp - Kenya
The night before, as the sun began to sink in the sky, we spotted a small pack of African wild dog (aka Painted Wolf) being tailed by two spotted hyena. They were hunting and it is likely the hyena were following them in the hope of scavenging any scraps that might be had - though it is important to emphasise that hyenas are formidable hunters themselves and their reputation for being solely scavengers is unfair and wrong. These two scallywags, however, seemed to be on the cheeky scavenge when we saw them.
We trailed the dogs and the hyenas until dusk had passed and the moon was in the sky, but lost them in some thick bush. The next morning we set out early with our guide, Joseph, to pick up their trail. This time we took the radios to help track them down as some members of this pack of wild dog were collared and known to Joseph. Unfortunately, we never caught sight of them again, though we could tell they were nearby.
This photo is of Joseph. We had climbed this rock to get higher up so that our radio might track the signal from the wild dog more easily. When one stands on such rocks, amidst a sea of green African bush, it is breathtaking and beautiful to have an unimpeded view of the wild for as far as the eye can see.
Laikipia Wilderness Camp is an authentic tented Safari camp and is absolutely perfect for families looking for a fun and genuine Safari experience. In addition to going out on Safari in vehicles both in the day and night, we also did walking Safari, sleeping out in the open by camp fire, picnics, fishing and swimming in the river. Strongly recommend Laikipia Wilderness Camp to all.
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