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2 Jul 2014 - The immense Kwando Reserve, in the extreme north of Botswana, is renowned for its wild dog viewing opportunities. Safari-goers heading here are in for a treat as an intriguing situation has arisen.

The first dog den of the season in the area close to Lebala Camp – located in the lush grasslands of southern Kwando – has recently been discovered. Extraordinarily, when the dogs denned, three females out of a pack of eight were pregnant – a remarkably high number. Two of the females denned just 50m apart and, judging by the squeaks and sounds, both have given birth to litters.

The third female in the group is yet to give birth and has been harassed by the other dogs. No female has yet asserted clear dominance within the pack and there is still a tussle to be had for the position of alpha. Tensions are high: when one female gains authority there is a possibility that she will kill the others’ pups or, alternatively she may adopt them.

Further north, a pack of five dogs, including one pregnant female, has been spotted close to Lagoon Camp, but is still yet to den.

Experience this fascinating phenomenon on the Pangolin Safari, including stays at Lebala and Lagoon Camps, as well as four nights at Kwara Camp in the Okavango Delta. The trip costs from £3,807 pp (two sharing) including flights (London), transfers, full-board accommodation, park fees and all safari activities.

Expert Africa (020 8232 9777, covers Botswana, Congo, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, the Seychelles, the Cape of South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Ends – 2 July 2014

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