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Two countries, two exceptional places to see African Wild Dogs

Private jeep safaris in Khwai with your own expert naturalist

Chance to see the Big 5 in Madikwe

The chance to see African wild dogs, or African painted dogs as they are sometimes referred to, is high on many wildlife lovers wish list. It is important to remember that this is one of the rarest canids in the world and sadly is on the endangered 'Red List' of IUCN. Loss of habitat and human conflict are the main reasons for their decline; so it is more important than ever to conserve and protect the few remaining strong holds of this charismatic species. Over the years, Wildlife Trails have enjoyed considerable success in photographing this species and with this knowledge we have created safari holidays which visit the best places to see wild dogs at the right time of year.

    When to go:
  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • Nov
  • Dec

Best time to visit - SEP


Day 1

Best wildlife lodges in Maun Thamalakane
Arrive into Maun and overnight at riverside lodge.
You will be met on arrival at Maun international airport and transferred the short distance to the beautiful Thamalakane Lodge, which is located on the banks of the Chobe River.

Accommodation : Thamalakane River Lodge

Day 2

Best wildlife lodges in Khwai Bona Moremi safari lodgei
Transfer from Maun to Khwai
After breakfast you will enjoy a 3 hour transfer to Bona Moremi safari lodge. Despite its name, this lodge is actually perfectly located to visit both the famous Khwai concession, as well as Moremi game reserve; both hotspots in Botswana for predators, such as lions, leopards and wild dogs.

Accommodation : Bona Moremi safari lodge

Days 3-5

Three full days of morning and afternoon game drives. Also night safaris.
Get ready for non stop wildlife action, because you have three full days visiting two of the most productive game reserves/concessions in Botswana and that is why we have hand picked a lodge which provides flexible access to both. Depending on the season, wildlife activities can include full day safaris (with packed lunch) to Moremi or Khwai, mokoro boat safaris and 2 hour night time drives focusing on the amazing nocturnal wildlife of the area.

Day 6

Best boutique hotels in Joburg
Drive back to Maun to connect with a flight to Joburg
After an early breakfast you will be driven back to Maun to connect with a flight to Joburg. On arrival you will be met and transferred to the nearby Giglio boutique hotel.

Accommodation : Giglio boutique hotel

Day 7

Best wildlife lodges in Madikwe game reserve Tuningi safari lodge
Flight from Joburg to Madikwe private game reserve
Today you will take a morning flight from Joburg to Madikwe, where you will be met and transferred to the highly rated Tuningi safari lodge. After receiving a welcome drink and briefing you will head out for your first game drive inside the reserve. The reserve is a Malaria free zone and is famous for the chance to see the BIG 5, as well as regular sightings of African wild dogs.

Accommodation : Tuningi Safari Lodge

Days 8&9

Best places to see African wild dogs Madikwe private game reserve
Two full days of morning and afternoon game drives
You can take full advantage of being in one of the best places in Africa to see African wild dogs, with the added bonus of all the Big 5 also being found within the reserve. The lodges game rangers are highly qualified and have superb knowledge of the fauna and flora within the Madikwe Game Reserve; which they are only too happy to share with the guests. Each visitor will have access to a window seat in the specially adapted safari vehicles so they can maximise their wildlife encounters.

Accommodation : Tuningi Safari Lodge

Day 10

Best places to see Leopards in South Africa Tuningi safari lodge
Final morning safari before your flight back to Joburg
Sadly, this is your final morning safari at Madikwe; so make the most of your final hours in the bush and take home some more beautiful photo souvenirs! You will then take an afternoon flight back to Joburg and overnight again at Giglio boutique hotel.

Accommodation : Giglio boutique hotel

Pricing Info & Dates

Cost £6000 based on two people sharing and not including flights

Valid for travel from May 2021 until November 2022


  • £100 donation to Gorilla Doctors
  • All meals at Khwai and Madikwe
  • Services of expert naturalists at Khwai and Madikwe
  • All transfers and activities as stated.


  • International and domestic flights
  • The cost of applying for entry Visas
  • Drinks at the lodges
  • Gratuities and tips for hotel staff and your naturalist

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Our clients say about us

Thursday September 28, 2017
Wild Botswana Experience

This was a wonderful mobile camping trip visiting several areas of Botswana. It was my first time mobile camping and I absolutely loved it - even the 'long drop toilets'! To sit outside...

By Chris
Thursday October 20, 2016
A great wildlife trip where I saw everything I hoped for

On a safari trip I go with hopes and expectations, in this case they were exceeded which was a first. The vehicles used were modern and most importantly not crowded. The trip was a photographic...

By David
Wednesday September 3, 2014
Amazing experience

Everything went like clockwork . Superb organisation, transfers, border crossings, our guide and driver were excellent making sure we got everywhere on time and with little fuss, but lots of...

By Lesley