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Shadow and Soul


Is wild Africa a myth? Does it still exist? My answer to both these questions is a resounding "Yes".  Recently I found a campsite so wild that lions, leopards, elephants and large herds of buffalo walk right past you without even so much as taking a moment's notice. It is a place where wild animals rule the night and lions are savage hunters. The dusk and dawn however belong to the fleet-footed wild dog...


Camping in a remote part of Zimbabwe, we had just returned to our campsite after the sun had set, when a wild dog caught an impala in the dry riverbed in which we were camped. The frenzy of activity was incredible as the rest of the pack arrived and started devouring their prey. There was hardly any daylight remaining but diving into the sand for an eye level perspective the scene really came to life. The African Wild Dog is highly endangered and affectionately known as the ‘painted wolf of Africa’. The dogs resembled a pack of wolves, while the low angle and dust, kicked up during the killing frenzy, added to the atmosphere. This ranks as one of the greatest wildlife experiences of my life.

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