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African Wild Dog Safari with Painted Dog Conservation

21st September - 1st October 2015

A unique opportunity to see Painted Dogs in the wild with Peter Blinston, Jealous and Steve Leonard of Painted Dog Conservation. Experience wildlife conservation at grass roots level in Zimbabwe and help support the on-going work of Painted Dog Conservation


Safari Summary:


21 Sept Arrive Victoria Falls. Tour of The Falls.
22 Sept Fly to Mana Pools
23, 24 & 25 Sept Track Painted Dog packs, check out den sites, bush walks and game drives in Mana Pools
26 Sept Fly to Hwange National Park and PDC HQ. Meet the PDC team and visit PDC’s HQ, rehabilitation and educational facilities
27,28 & 29 Sept Follow packs of African Wild Dogs in the heart of Hwange National  Park. Stay inside the park for 2 nights before returning to PDC’s HQ for a final day experiencing more of the work they do with the local communities.
30 Sept Return to Victoria Falls.
1 Oct Depart

Price per person : £8,995.00 / US$14,400  *(fully inclusive except for international flights to Victoria Falls).

Single room supplement : £345.00 / US$550

Number of guests : 6 – 8

* Flights and airfares from London to Victoria Falls to be confirmed late October 2015 – guideline price at Sept 2015 £1,150.00

African Wild Dog Safari with Painted Dog Conservation

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Support the on-going work of PDC

This is a special fund-raising safari for Painted Dog Conservation in Zimbabwe. Your participation will financially support the sustainable conservation of African Wild Dogs. You will be following packs of African Wild Dogs in Mana Pools and Hwange National Parks, and experience cutting edge conservation  with Painted Dog Conservation.  The PDC team with you wlll include Patron and vet Steve Leonard, Managing Director Peter Blinston and chief field office Jealous.

The Safari

Victoria Falls provides the spectacular start of your visit. and then it’s on to Mana Pools to track and follow the Vundu Pack. Time will be spent locating dens and observing pack dynamics, and there’s a good chance of seeing pups.  From Mana Pools you’ll fly to Hwange National Park to meet Peter Blinston and the rest of the PDC field officers, spending time visiting the wide ranging projects they have here.  Time will be spent tracking Painted Dogs in Hwange National Park. It is also hoped you’ll be able to watch Steve Leonard in action – working in temporary bush clinics and vaccinating domestic dogs.  These vaccination programmes are free to villagers and play a vital role in helping to prevent the spread of diseases between domestic dogs and Painted Dogs.  Vaccines are kindly donated by Wildlife Vets International. Steve Leonard is Patron of PDC and Wildlife Vets International.

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Steve Leonard working in the bush vet lab for PDC in Zimbabwe.

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Steve Leonard is a veterinary surgeon and TV presenter. He comes from a family of vets and has his own practice in the UK and is Patron of Wildlife Vets International.  He was one of the students the BBC’s series Vets School followed and he also appeared in Vets in Practice, Vets in the Wild, Vets in the Wild West and presented Steve Leonards Extreme Animals, Orangutan Diary and Safari Vet School. He is a charismatic and caring person and passionate about his work as Patron of Painted Dog Conservation and Wildlife Vets International.

Learn more about Steve Leonard and Wildlife Vets International.


Zim 6Painted Dog Conservation (PDC) works closely with local communities providing income from other sources (using snares to make crafts), developing an appreciation for wild dogs and the value of conservation through children’s bush camps and offering free vaccinations against distemper and rabies for domesticated dogs. They also have an informative and well-presented visitor centre, anti-poaching patrols and rehabilitation centre for rescued and translocation programmes.

PDC’s  fully comprehensive conservation model is impressive.




Read a diary from our first trip to see Painted Dogs in Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe is safe to visit and there are no travel restrictions or problems for tourists.


African Wild Dog Safari with Painted Dog Conservation

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