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Madikwe: Where Wildlife Flourishes

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

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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The Alphas Of Madikwe

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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Cheetahs Are In With a Good Chance

Cheetahs Are In With a Good Chance

In 2017, the Endangered Wildlife Trust reported that there was an estimated 1 700 cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) left in South Africa. A year later, the good news is that, thanks to the many conservation efforts of various foundations, their numbers are increasing! On Madikwe Game Reserve, we currently have seven cheetahs. Four of these are …
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Mongoose Species

Four Mongoose Species Found at Madikwe

My name is Hugh Morris and I am a trainee field guide from NJ More Field Guide College. During my time at Madikwe Safari Lodge, I have been lucky enough to see many different creatures. One of my favourite families of smaller animals that can be found here is that of the mongooses. Some Quick …
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Pest control: unusual predator of mice

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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Dung Beetles

Dung Beetles: Doing Nature’s Dirty Work

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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World Wildlife Day

WORLD WILDLIFE DAY AND THE PLIGHT OF THE BIG CATS

3 March is World Wildlife Day – a day proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild animals, most of which are under threat from human influence on the planet. This year, World Wildlife Day is celebrated under the theme ‘Big Cats: Predators Under Threat’. While we …
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What is a Pangolin

Meet the Pangolin – The World’s Most Trafficked Animal

What is a Pangolin? Described as the ‘scaly anteater’, the pangolin is a small termite-eating mammal, known for its unusual appearance, incredibly long tongue, and ability to roll into a perfect ball when threatened. Pangolins are covered in scales (the only mammal with such a covering) made of keratin – the same fibrous protein forming …
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Dagga Boys

Dagga Boys – What’s in a Name?

‘Dagga boys’ is a term used to describe old and usually solitary buffalo bulls who have been forced out of the herd by young virile bulls, or have fallen behind the herd due to their need for softer vegetation. But it’s wise not to be fooled by their condition. These monoliths are known for putting …
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