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Fascinating wild dogs sighting at Madikwe

On a recent trip to Madikwe, our Operations Support Manager, Pieter Joubert and some guests were enthralled by sightings they experienced during a game drive. He shares his account of this adventure. “I was visiting Madikwe Safari Lodge for a week in September with Lesley Fox on a trip to train the teams on guest …
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Busting some myths about lion behaviour

When it comes to animal behaviour, never say never. In fact, most people who spend a lot of time in the bush continuously witness behaviour that is believed not to happen or has never been recorded. The reality is that animals act of their own free will, and don’t always follow the rules of textbooks. …
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Interesting facts about the agile springbok

The springbok is South Africa’s national animal. They are a medium sized antelope found in the dry areas of South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, and parts of Angola. Virtually guaranteed to see on safari here, we have a strong population of springbok at Madikwe because of a drier climate that is the perfect habitat for them. …
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Special time spent with Madikwe’s elephants

Elephants are always a highlight on safari. No matter the number of times you see an elephant, you’ll never tire of the magical feeling in their presence. It’s not just their size (although their size is very impressive)… For me, it’s their gentle natures and the way they interact with each other. To see a …
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The Story of the Elephant….

Today we celebrate World Elephant Day. I was tasked to write a story about elephants in honour of this day, but I don’t have a story. Elephants themselves are the story – a life story that is told every day. They have told this story for thousands of years, and still tell it today. These …
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Wild dogs of Madikwe

“Wild dogs can be difficult to find on safari because of the vast distances they travel in a single day, and because they don’t keep within a defined territory.” The African wild dog is a very special animal to see on safari. Because of its vast home range and specific dietary requirements, many reserves in …
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The Lenyalo lion pride takes over

The Lenyalo Pride is regularly seen by guests at Madikwe Safari Lodge. They occupy a territory in the northeastern section of Madikwe. Until recently, the pride consisted of three males, three females and four cubs. A few months ago, two of the cubs were unfortunately killed by intruder males, referred to as the Bakgatla males. …
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Trunk Tales… By Gerhard Pieters

Since childhood I have had a fascination with Africa’s largest mammal. And I think so has every guest that visits our lodges. Over the years, I’ve had my fair share of “Elephant Moments”, some scary I must admit, but those are really too few to mention. Every moment spent with these amazing animals, be it …
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A family’s very special experience with Nature, by Gerhard Pieters

Guests all connect to nature on very different and personal levels. This is a story of a family that found that “something special” in nature, that they will carry in their hearts forever. And so will I. A while ago I had the pleasure of guiding Charmaine Banks, manager of More Private Travel, and her …
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An exceptional Madikwe Family Holiday

One of the aspects of Madikwe Safari Lodge that we have gone to great lengths to continuously improve on is our Family-Friendly offering. Through a dedicated kids’ programme (and plenty of adult entertainment too); specially-tailored accommodation and our Eco-House, we’ve tried to make this very special place appealing to many generations. When we read this …
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