In October 2015 my husband Michael and me spent a week in the Kruger National Park. It was our last day in the park and we set off for Phalaborwa Gate early in the morning.
The day before we had a puncture and had to change a wheel in the middle of nowhere in the park. Michael changed the wheel while I was keeping watch.
For our morning drive to Phalaborwa we chose a gravel road parallel to the main road. After a few kilometers on our wavy route we suddenly spotted a group of african wild dogs or painted wolfs in the middle of the road. As we approached we realized it was a kind of kindergarten. There were two adults as nurses and a group of subadults. With our further approach the nurses got excited and scared the youngsters into the bushes.
“Oooh, nooo...! Please not!”, I thought.
We stopped and turned off the engine. After a short while the adults relaxed and the curious youngsters came back to the road.
The playful young wild dogs gave us great opportunities for taking gorgeous photos as you can see.
After a quarter of an hour Michael reminded me of our flat tyre and that we had to leave for Petrus’ Hi-Q store in Hoedspruit. Because it was a Saturday and the workshop would be closed at noon.
So we had to leave our new friends. It almost broke my heart to see them following our car for a big stretch!
But we made it in time for fixing the tyre...