Tintswalo Lapalala in the Waterberg has joined forces with the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) in a conservation project to monitor and protect the last free-roaming pack of African wild dogs (Lycaon pictus) in South Africa.
Groups of four guests have the unique opportunity to participate in a once-in-a-lifetime experience to join rangers on a conservation journey to track and collar wild dog during a 3-night stay at the newly launched family lodge. The cost of R99 500 for four people covers the costs of the veterinarian and the rangers and includes the sponsorship of the monitoring collar, as well as luxury accommodation and full board for four people for three nights.
Wild dog is South Africa’s most efficient predators, but also its most endangered large carnivore. It is estimated that there are only between 3000 and 5000 individuals left in sub-Saharan Africa. This large pack of about 19 wild dogs, which has been recorded moving through farms, towns and various reserves as far north as Botswana, usually spend most of their time outside of protected areas which makes them susceptible to human conflict.
In support of the Endangered Wildlife Trust Waterberg Wild Dogs Conservation Project, Tintswalo Lapalala has sponsored a GPS satellite collar to the value of R30 000 that enables researchers to monitor the movement of the pack and to keep them safe. Valuable data is being collected and scientists are able to pass information onto farmers to protect livestock that may be vulnerable to wild dog hunts, simultaneously protecting and ensuring the sustainability of this free-range pack of ‘painted wolves’.
Says Alistair Leuner, Tintswalo Regional Manager Safari Product: ‘Nature conservation and sustainability are major pillars of the Tintswalo product. We invite our guests to join our efforts to help ensure the freedom and sustainability of the Waterberg dogs as a free-roaming pack. Our regular safari guests may be lucky to spot the wild dogs during game drives within the 44 500 hectare reserve, but this project extends to a whole different level of personal involvement as a unique and enriching experience. We are thrilled to provide a select few guests with the opportunity to make their mark and contribute in such a meaningful way to the conservation of the wild dog species.’