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Unusual predator

Pest control: unusual predator of mice

Wildlife | April 13, 2018

The more time I spend in the bush, the more I’m humbled by how much there is to learn about the strategies nature employs to ensure a fully-functioning, balanced ecosystem. One of the latest surprises for me came from learning of an unusual predator of mice… Despite the struggle mice face for warmth during the …
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Mack & Madi Family Experience

MACK & MADI FAMILY EXPERIENCE – OUR FAMILY WELCOMES YOURS!

Families | April 10, 2018

As parents of twins – Mack and Madi – my late wife Britt (matriarch of the MORE family until her passing in 2016) and I learned first-hand what it meant to travel with young children. They don’t fit into prescribed timelines, and have specific needs when it comes to what they eat, where they sleep, …
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Destination Bush Wedding

A WEDDING GONE WILD – THE DESTINATION BUSH WEDDING

More Lodges & Hotels | April 10, 2018

The popularity of destination weddings has taken off as couples look for unique experiences for themselves and to share with their guests. And there are few locations that can enchant like the Southern African bush. An immemorial land sets the scene for another tale as old as time… love. The magic of the game-filled plains …
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Young Explorer

Little Adventurer, Big Adventure

Safari Experiences | April 6, 2018

Young Explorer When I fetched Raphael, a 10-year-old French boy, and his parents from the Madikwe Eastern Airstrip, I knew I was in for an interesting couple of days. Kitted out with a traditional safari pith helmet strapped to his head, this kid was sure to be a little explorer. I was already considering in …
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Dung Beetles

Dung Beetles: Doing Nature’s Dirty Work

Safari Experiences | March 29, 2018

The dung beetle rolling its prized ball across the road: a familiar and entertaining sight for us on safari during the wetter summer months. When the rains come to Madikwe, the dung beetles come to life. As the rains soften the soil, these little insects come out of their underground slumber (dormant phase) and arrive …
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Gerhard Pieters

Meet the Guides: Head Field Guide Gerhard Pieters

Our People | March 23, 2018

Why did you become a field guide, and how did you get started in this industry? I grew up spending a lot of time in the bushveld with my stepfather, who was an avid hunter. These trips sparked a big love of nature in me, which only grew from there. After high school, though, I …
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Poolside Safari

Poolside Safari

Lodge Life | March 16, 2018

Water is a precious commodity for Madikwe’s abundant wildlife, and we are lucky to have a watering hole located right in front of the shared guest pool area at Lelapa Lodge. When you are visiting Madikwe Safari Lodge, it is the perfect place to spend the day relaxing – where the animals come to you! …
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Field guide's view on guiding

A FIELD GUIDE’S VIEW ON GUIDING

Safari Experiences | March 9, 2018

It can be difficult for people from big cities, first time safari-goers and those who haven’t spent much time out in nature to know exactly what to expect from a safari experience. For the most part, our pre-existing ideas about safaris are influenced by what we’ve seen in documentaries and read in books and magazines, …
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