Annie was at Mombo with Dave and Helene Hamman when the wild dogs were at their peak and the Mombo Boys were the dominant lion coalition. Encounters with the ‘Boys’ and the dog pack have left her with some of her most vivid memories of her time at Mombo.
Annie recalls that the guests had just left for the morning game drive and she had settled down in the office to complete the morning’s paper work and make the first radio call. The sound of the water pump echoed through the camp as she sat and wrote out the day’s menus for the chef. Suddenly she heard loud shouting coming from the kitchen and then from the front of the camp: ‘I jumped up and ran outside the office to see what was happening. Dave Hamman, who was down by the water pump shouted: “Dogs – quick, my camera.” Suddenly I heard thundering feet from behind me. As I spun around, a young kudu came bounding out of the office with a wild dog hot on its heels! They disappeared behind the tents and I was left standing speechless.
We were in the middle of a hunt! I could feel my heart racing and stood like a statue, waiting for Dave to give me directions. He could get his own camera, I thought, as I wasn’t going back into the office! It wasn’t long before there were dogs everywhere. By the time we climbed on board a vehicle to follow the action, part of the pack had killed an impala outside the bar! When it was all over, they settled down in the shade to rest. The pack stayed with us for most of the morning, to the delight of our guests when they returned from their morning drive.’
Original Wild Dog pack at the original Mombo Camp