It was less than eight hours after I landed in Johannesburg that I found myself on the Limpopo-Lipadi reserve in southeastern Botswana. ASC is exploring a potential project with the reserve to develop an ongoing adventure science effort to support their management team. Less than 20 minutes after arriving on the reserve I found myself crouched down peering around the Mopani trees to see the four, then eight, then twelve and finally twenty-two wild dogs that had slowly surrounded me. With my heart pounding, my hosts and I drew together and agreed not to run should the dogs decide to stop being friendly. I snapped photo after photo and interacted with the pack from a distance. The young pups would approach and retreat, playing with us and testing their limits. The experience immediately connected me to the reserve, to Africa and to myself. By the end of my stay at the reserve I had seen leopards, rhino, wildebeest, impala, kudu, eland and hippos – all from a distance of less than 20 ft! I reluctantly left the reserve having seen everything on my “list” with the exception of elephant and lion, the latter of which are not currently on the reserve.