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A Specialist Wild Dog Safari with Nicholas Dyer

The Explorations Company have curated this exclusive, once-in-a-lifetime painted wolf safari to Zimbabwe for just a handful of our clients in partnership with award-winning photographer Nicholas Dyer. Don't miss this truly unique, once in a lifetime opportunity for a unique photographic safari providing privileged access to the secret worlds of the painted wolf.

This safari is unique, enriching and life-changing, allowing a deep insight and understanding of painted wolves and their conservation, as well as conservation in Africa as a whole. 

Nicholas Dyer is an award-winning photographer, author, and passionate painted wolf conservationist. He has spent six years in the heart of painted wolf territory in Zimbabwe, living alongside three packs. Nicholas will share his knowledge and enthusiasm with you, as well as advise on capturing the most phenomenal photographs of these elusive creatures, Africa’s most efficient predator.

Your safari itinerary.

Day 1: Harare

Arrive into Harare, met on arrival and transferred to a luxury lodge in Harare to overnight.

Days 2 - 5 : Savé Valley Conservancy

Fly to Savé Valley Conservancy to stay in a private tented camp for four nights. You will meet Nick Dyer and the wild dog researchers, learn about their work, as well as observe the packs they are studying in the wild. You also have the rare opportunity to track black rhino in the wild with Jean Blake, your private safari guide in Savé.

Days 6 - 9 : Mana Pools

Fly to Mana Pools and stay in a camp located on the banks of the beautiful Zambezi River for four nights. You will explore the region with Nick and his expert team of trackers. They will take you to see the packs Nick has watched in the wild for years, tell you all about their pack structure and their histories, and help you to see them hunt and play. Nick is an award winning photographer and will help you to get the best from your photography. You'll also learn about the challenges wild dogs are facing for survival and how conservation organisations are making a difference in these wild places.

Day 10 : Return to Harare

Today you will take a charter flight back to Harare International Airport, ready for your flight home. Alternatively it is possible to extend your trip by flying on to Hwange National Park or Victoria Falls from Mana Pools. Victoria Falls can also be a stepping point onto Botswana or Zambia if you wish to explore a different region; do just let us know what you would like to incorporate!

Safari dates

There will be just two departures in 2023, each accommodating between 4 and 6 travellers.

  • Starting in Harare, Zimbabwe on 26 June and departing from Mana Pools on 05 July 2023.
  • Starting in Harare, Zimbabwe on 7th July and departing from Mana Pools on 16 July 2023.

If you would like any more information, please do get in touch with our safari expert.

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The Painted Wolf Foundation

Your safari directly supports painted wolf conservation by including a donation to the Painted Wolf Foundation. The PWF supports the survival of this much threatened and ignored species and supports organizations that conserve painted wolves in the field. Some of PWF’s key areas of focus are:

  • Raising awareness about the painted wolf worldwide.
  • Increasing the support base for the painted wolf.
  • Elevating the profile of organizations working to conserve painted wolves in the field.
  • Raising funds to support field-based conservation of the painted wolf.
  • Encouraging sharing of best practices.
  • Supporting painted wolf campaigns worldwide.

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As a guide, the cost of our extraordinary and utterly bespoke journeys tends to start from $1200 per person per day excluding international flights.

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