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Meet Head Field Guide Wayne Lubbe

Our People | May 28, 2019

This week’s “Meet Your Guide” blog is about Wayne Lubbe, our head guide at Madikwe Safari Lodge, who, believe it or not, originally started out studying architecture! What made you decide to become a guide? I never used to think I could actually make a career in the outdoors. After high school, I was encouraged …
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Sadie’s Safari Dreams Come True

Kids on Safari | April 2, 2019

At Madkiwe Safari Lodge we love to make safari dreams come true. Eleven-year-old Sadie Goldstein and her family visited Madikwe Safari Lodge recently, and she had one very special request – she wanted to see an African wild dog. African wild dogs are one of her favourite animals, so much so that she chose them as …
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Even The Smallest Parents Pack A Mighty Punch!

Tales from Madikwe | February 1, 2019

Ask any sensible guide, and they’ll tell you that animals that are parents are to be viewed from a respectable distance. We have the luxury today to have learned from the past mistakes of others. For some we learn by reading a book, others by watching footage of close encounters gone wrong, and a few with …
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Budding Blogger (6) On Her Madikwe Safari Experience

Kids on Safari | January 29, 2019

Rory Preston, a budding blogger who is only 6 years old, recently visited Madikwe with her family. She sent us some of the stories and photos that she wanted to share her second Grade class mates: Ground squirrels Ground squirrels in South Africa are really cute and their tails are fluffy. They look similar to the squirrels …
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Madikwe: Where Wildlife Flourishes

Wildlife | January 24, 2019

Since joining Madikwe Safari Lodge last year, I have been treated to some truly incredible wildlife sightings. The abundance of animals in this reserve has always blown me away – impala, zebra, wildebeest, elephants, giraffe – the list goes on. It also includes some slightly more rare and sought-after animals. In my first week I had already …
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Checking In With Madikwe’s Youngest Leopards

Wildlife | November 12, 2018

About 8 months ago, Madikwe Game Reserve received a wonderful treat when two leopard cubs, a male and a female, were born on the reserve. When leopard cubs are born, they are extremely vulnerable. They are blind for the first week of their lives, and rely heavily on their mothers for protection and food. Cubs will …
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Thrilling Hunt: Cheetahs Earn Their Stripes

Cheetahs of Madikwe | October 26, 2018

The hunt – it’s the pinnacle of safari action and something that most visitors to the bush dream of seeing. However, while kills happen every day in the wild, it’s still something of a rarity to witness one because catching sight of a kill is simply a matter of luck. To see my first kill in the open plains of …
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The Alphas Of Madikwe

Safari Experiences | October 17, 2018

One of the main reasons people come to Africa is to see the ‘Big 5’ while on safari, but there are other so-called “alphas” to consider. The term ‘Big 5’, which consists of elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard, originates from the old hunting days, when these beasts were considered to be the 5 most dangerous animals …
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"Here we see mom and calf. This little guy was filled with the joys of life, bouncing around mom the whole time. Both eventually came to a stop in this gap. I could see mom was nervous and cautious with her approach towards the watering hole." – William Knight, Field Guide

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