It started with a rude awakening at 5:20 Monday morning. A cacophony of bush-noises alerted us to the unfolding drama in front of the Siwandu management house. We knew from our guides that the wild dogs were in the area around Siwandu (in fact, they watched them hunt on the airstrip the previous afternoon) and now we found ourselves standing in our pyjamas on our veranda watching these extremely elusive predators rip apart an impala they'd just chased down.

The days that followed delivered some of the best wilddog viewing we've ever heard of. Successful hunts, unsuccessful hunts, adults taking food back to the pups, playing, sleeping... our guests saw it all. The astonishing bit was how little the dogs cared about Siwandu and all the hustle and bustle that go along with a camp. One afternoon they even invaded the staff's football pitch.

And when, on my walk to the office this morning still craving my first sip of freshly brewed Tanzanian coffee, a herd of impala came rushing past, leaping and bouncing their way out of harm's way, I knew exactly what they were fleeing from. The dogs were at it again, this time calling off their hunt when suddenly they saw a two-legged "animal" between them and their breakfast.

Wild dogs are extremely rare and there are a little more than 5000 of them left in the wild. Sharing territory with them for the past week and getting to show our guests these fascinating creatures have been an absolute privilege.  



latest posts
Fanjove Island has secured the 9th position in the ‘Best Island’ category in the prestigious LLM Readers’ Travel Awards 2020. Competing with well-known islands such as Tenerife in Spain, Santorini and Crete in Greece, Maui in Hawaii amongst others, we are thrilled Fanjove Island was among the selected winners.
Continue reading
During November and December the South of Tanzania usually enjoys its first rains after a typical long dry season. This signals the start of what is called the ‘short rains’. Even though rain may be a bit unpredictable, visiting Siwandu in the Nyerere National Park during this time of the year, is still a great choice.
Continue reading
For a truly memorable and exhilarating, yet uber-relaxing honeymoon, you don’t have to look any further than the South of Tanzania.
Continue reading