Maun Self Drive 4x4

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Mana Pools and Wild Dogs

Posted by maunselfdrive4x4 on September 28, 2011 at 3:15 AM

To all those interested in Mana Pools and its wild dog populations I thought I would just update you on what appears to be happening in this fantastic park. In the main game viewing areas of Mana which I include the flood plain area, Chitake Springs and Kanga Pan the dogs in all these areas are doing well and have all produced a bunch of puppies for us to be entertained by - On the flood plain area there are two packs at present one with 9 adults and 3 puppies, and the other ( Vundu Pack ) has 18 adults with 11 puppies, the pack that seems to be moving through the Kanga area and down towards the river has I am told 10 puppies and about 17 adults. Then there is a pack around Chitake Springs with 7 adults and 9 puppies.

The flood plain area is currently heaving with animals which has led to some fanatstic experiences for those there as all the predators are finding the going quite easy and regular kills have been made and all very visible and exciting. The lions in the past week have been killing a buffalo a day and sometimes two if it is a calf. The acacia pods are now starting to fall which is very late this year and this is helping to concentrate the animals onto the flood plain area and gives a surreal experience when walking through all these animals - it is quite extraordinary.

If anyone is interested in a last minute safari in October or November before the operators start closing down please let me know and I'll put a safari together for you to suit your budget and requirements.

Doug Macdonald




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Reply maunselfdrive4x4
11:52 AM on October 14, 2011 
We've seen reports of at least 5 packs of wild dogs in Mana Pools this year. Each one of those with pups. Seems like this maybe the best place in Africa to see wild dogs now. Although the self drive have a good chance of seeing wild dogs on their own, the safari operators have located the dens and have consistently reported wild dog sightings this season.