Wishing all our friends and followers a magical festive season and happy New Year.
We look forward to seeing you again in 2019!
Unfortunately not everyone could be present for our end-of-year family photo. Zelly, Colin, Phillip and Zenzi were on leave at the time, but they were with us in spirit.
Until next year… be safe!
It is not often these days that you will head out on a game drive or outing in the bush without coming across the unique birds that are associated with several of the larger herbivores. Hopping around on the backs of buffalo, rhino or giraffe, these little brown birds with their distinct red bills and yellow ring around the eyes are an incredibly important species in the ecosystem. These are the red-billed oxpeckers.Read More
On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
A partridge in a pear tree…
We don’t have a partridge or a pear tree, but we can give you the recipe for the most delicious Pear And Almond Tart! Whip this up for the festive season and you’ll have family and friends singing your praises!
Ingredients For Filling
50g caster sugar
1 fresh egg
1 tin pear halves (410g) drained
2 tbsp milk
50g plain flour
50g ground almonds
Ingredients For The Pastry
1 fresh egg
250g plain flour
50g ground almonds
25g icing sugar
Preheat the oven to 190 degrees C.
Grease a 24cm round tin, preferably loose bottomed.
Make pastry by sieving the flour and icing sugar into a bowl, mix in the ground almonds.
Rub in the margarine and bind together with the egg and a little cold water to make the pastry.
Lightly knead, cover and allow to chill.
Next make the filling by creaming the margarine and sugar together.
Beat in the egg.
Stir in the flour, ground almonds, milk and essence.
Roll out the pastry and line the tin.
Spread filling evenly over the pastry.
Arrange the pear halves, with the rounded side facing up, on top of the filling.
Bake for about 35 minutes, until risen and golden brown.
Leave in the tin to cool for about 10 minutes.
Remove from tin and serve luke warm with cream or ice cream.
Let us know how yours turns out and who you choose to share it with!
We’ve said it so many times and will continue to do so… life at Makweti is never dull and no two days are the same. There’s always something to see or do and we are frequently blessed with the most incredible sightings that any wildlife lover would wish for.
There’s nothing quite like fresh bread after a morning game drive. But even if you’re not climbing out of a game vehicle before heading to the breakfast table, you can still enjoy a taste of Makweti Safari Lodge by making Chef Phillip‘s delicious Makweti Zebra Bread at home.
Meet Zelda Mashada, better known to us as Zelly. She is a kitchen assistant at Makweti Safari Lodge and a beacon of positivity who has been with us for 15 years. She was born in Louis Trichardt, which is a good 320km away from Makweti. She is one of three siblings – the only sister in between two brothers.
Walking around Makweti Safari Lodge during the day, one cannot miss the activity of the resident colony of little creatures living amongst and around the rocks, rooms and main lodge. This small ‘rodent-like’ animal is the Rock Dassie or Rock Hyrax.
These little mammals are nowhere close to rodents, other than in general appearance and their distant relatives’ evolutionary paths are linked to elephants and dugongs. They are unique little mammals and form the order HYRACOIDEAE within the mammal group. They have complex social structures, unique appearances, efficient daily feeding habits and digestive systems and live in well organised colonies with segregated areas for different daily activities.
For the past 18 years of my life in and out of the bush, I have been fervently searching for a jewel, and at last I have found one. It was late Friday afternoon when we were heading into a valley, south of the Taaibos River. Our attention was fixed on a cheetah female that we had not seen for some time and had been sighted about 10 minutes away from where we were. This is the female cheetah we featured in April this year on our blog. Her cubs left her on the evening of the 27th of June and became independent, and we have not seen her since then, although her cubs have been sighted regularly. I was keen to see how she was and if she was showing any signs of new cubs being born. But, I digress.
Makweti Safari Lodge has been proud to sponsor two very worthy charities over the recent months. These charities are close to our hearts and we know that every bit of support – no matter how big or small – has an impact.
It’s October 2016 and Jessica and I are sitting in our small rental apartment in Northern Johannesburg wondering why on earth we had decided to give the “big city” a try after so many years of living and enjoying the bush and game lodge environment.
We had been working in lodges and boutique hotels for 15 – 18 years, and had come to the realisation that we were definitely not “city people”.