The Africanis is described as a dog that is somewhat domesticated but also a bit feral in nature. They are hounds that prefer a pack and a very strong alpha. They are also rather adaptable and continue to become popular outside South Africa where they are most commonly found.
These dogs are extremely intelligent, and while they are fine with little human contact, they live and work well enough with people too. The right person can train them for a variety of jobs from hunting, to guarding, to herding.
The one thing these dogs recognize above all else is loyalty to the pack. As the pack is headed up by a master (or alpha), they tend to be extremely easy to train once that hierarchy is established. They can be devoted family companions, fierce territorial watch- and guard dogs, and able to be on their own.
The Africanis has a high drive to survive, and with it comes a very potentially energetic demeanor. They understand the need to conserve this energy, however, so they are not needlessly hyper. They do demand to stretch their legs frequently enough, and they do need long daily walks or a significant run.