Skip to main content

Celebrate the ‘Year of the Dog’ with the World’s Best Wild Canine-Spotting Tours

If you’ve been searching for the perfect, bucket-list-worthy way to celebrate the Year of the Dog — and we know you have — you’re in luck. These four once-in-a-lifetime journeys will take you on the hunt (no, not literally) for the world’s most elusive and majestic canines.

African Wild Dogs (Southern Africa)

African Wild Dogs
Image used with permission by copyright holder

Thanks to their critically endangered status, African wild dogs are among the most challenging creatures to spot on safari. We’ve spoken to folks who’ve been on safari many times over several decades and never seen one in the wild. Your best chances are during Botswana’s hot, lush summer,  the most beautiful, colorful, and (from a wildlife perspective) productive time of year. The area in and around the country’s stunning Okavango Delta is home to some of the best wildlife viewing on the continent. On Natural Habitat Adventures’ Botswana: Kalahari, the Delta, and Beyond, safari-goers are almost guaranteed to spot wild lions and leopards, particularly in the area of the delta bordering the Moremi Game Reserve.

Ethiopian Wolves (Ethiopia, of course)

Ethiopian Wolves
Image used with permission by copyright holder

Ethiopian wolves are the only wolf species in Africa and the rarest of the continent’s carnivores with estimated numbers around 400. Without a specially trained guide, spotting one in the wild is next to impossible. The bespoke nine-day Wolf Conservation Expedition from Spencer Scott Travel takes wolf-enthusiasts into the Bale Mountains. The region is often called “The Roof of Africa,” a stunning, high-altitude mountain plateau where it’s believed half of the country’s wolf population lives. Only a handful of travelers each year are lucky enough to catch a glimpse of these elusive creatures, so this is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

The Wolves of Yellowstone (Idaho/Montana)

Wolves of Yellowstone
Image used with permission by copyright holder

Spotting wildlife in Yellowstone National Park isn’t hard, but the park’s most interesting critters are also its most elusive, which is why going with a specially trained guide is key. On the Spring Wolves & Bears Expedition from Wildlife Expeditions, travelers trek deep into the park’s rugged backcountry in search of wolves emerging from their dens after the long, hard winter. With the right guide, it’s possible to catch canine parents teaching their pups and cubs essential survival skills like stalking and hunting prey. The tour also provides the opportunity to spot massive herds of bison, elk, moose, and deer, plus wild foxes and bald eagles.

Arctic Fox (Manitoba, Canada)

Arctic Fox
Image used with permission by copyright holder

Churchill, Manitoba, is arguably the “Polar Bear Capital of the World.” Every year, thousands of travelers journey from around the world to tour the tundra in search of the regal bears. However, the region around Hudson Bay also teems with a large variety of other Arctic critters, including the elusive Arctic fox. On this Ultimate Churchill Adventure tour, travelers explore the frozen landscape with the aid of highly trained naturalist guides. The seven-day journey also includes once-in-a-lifetime day trips like dog-sledding through Canada’s breathtaking boreal wilderness and taking a helicopter tour into an active denning area for polar bears.

Editors' Recommendations

Topics
Mike Richard
Mike Richard has traveled the world since 2008. He's kayaked in Antarctica, tracked endangered African wild dogs in South…
You need this new limited edition Rimowa luggage collection in your closet
The Hammerschlag collection from Rimowa is a throwback nod to a 1966 piece
The Rimowa Hammerschlag collection.

When traveling, you don't want to throw your stuff in a duffel bag and call it a day. You want luggage that will keep your items organized while adding a quiet sophistication to your look. German company Rimowa is the luggage brand to trust your travels to. Rimowa has been in the luxury business for over 100 years, but you won't have to wait that long to check out their new Hammerschlag collection.
Rimowa blends old and new
We love it when a brand takes a vintage piece and modernizes it. The Rimowa Hammerschlag line combines elements old and new without skimping on the craftsmanship the brand is known for.
Behind-the-scenes details

Originally called Gortz & Morszeck, after the two men who started things in 1898, Rimowa was forced to switch production to aluminum-only luggage when the factory burned down in the 1930s, wiping out the other materials. Now, the signature aluminum grooves are a sleek companion for your trip.
The vintage features
What makes the Hammerschlag collection unique is its homage to the 1966 archival piece. It starts with the handle, which might be leather, but the look and design are based on the classic metal version. Rimowa takes things back even further, with each of the limited cases given a Cognac leather tag with an 1898 stamp as a nod to the origins of the company and the city of Cologne, Germany, where Rimowa still keeps headquarters.
The Rimowa Hammerschlag collection
The Hammerschlag collection consists of the Hand-Carry Case, a standard-size suitcase, and the Cabin, your rolling luggage piece.

Read more
How to get over jet lag quickly — Try these effective tips
Forget about jet lag and enjoy your trip
Inside of plane

Jet lag, the dreaded consequence of crossing multiple time zones, can wreak havoc on your body and shake up your travel plans. From headaches, to fatigue, to insomnia, jet lag can leave you feeling drained, making it difficult to enjoy your vacation. However, with a few simple adjustments, you can minimize the effects of jet lag and start enjoying your travels in no time. This is how to get over jet lag.
How long can jet lag last?

While jet lag symptoms are generally temporary and tend to improve as your body adjusts to the new time zone, the duration of jet lag can vary from person to person. A few factors that influence the duration of jet lag include:

Read more
The 9 best Tumi backpacks you can travel with in 2024
Tumi

Avid and frequent travelers know the importance of owning well-made and versatile luggage. Whether that be a carry-on bag, backpack, duffel bag, rolling suitcase or trunk, purchasing reliable luggage makes traveling ten times easier and more efficient. Most of the time, the type of luggage you choose to purchase is dependent on your personal needs, the duration of your trip or how often often you will use your new bag or suitcase. No matter what type of trip you have planned on you calendar, a luxurious, high-quality and durable backpack should be added to your shopping list.

With so many luxury luggage brands out there to choose from, it might be hard to narrow down your choices. But that's why we are here to let you know that purchasing a backpack (or any kind of luggage) from Tumi is one of the best decisions you will ever make. Known as one as one of the best Rimowa alternatives, Tumi is a popular choice among professional travelers everywhere due to their classic designs, durable materials and luxurious look. If you are on the market for a brand new travel backpack, there is no better option than Tumi. We've rounded up the nine best Tumi backpacks you can travel with in 2024 that will help you explore new destinations with ease.
Tumi Montana Backpack

Read more