Happy Holidays From Our Family To Yours

By / 14th December, 2018 / People Of Makweti / Off

Wishing all our friends and followers a magical festive season and happy New Year. 

We look forward to seeing you again in 2019!

Pictured left to right: John, Emily, Charlotte, Jessica, Neil, Johanna, Chef John, Confidence, Ellard, Talent

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!

Red-Billed Oxpecker – A Key Ecological Species

By / 14th December, 2018 / Wildlife At Makweti / Off

Buphagus erythrorhynchus

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.

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Pear And Almond Tart Recipe

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

Almond essence
50g caster sugar
1 fresh egg
1 tin pear halves (410g) drained
50g butter
2 tbsp milk
50g plain flour
50g ground almonds

Ingredients For The Pastry

1 fresh egg
175g butter
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!

Pear and almond tart recipe from Makweti Safari Lodge

Lions In And Around Makweti Safari Lodge

By / 27th November, 2018 / Wildlife At Makweti / Off

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.

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Makweti Zebra Bread Recipe

By / 26th November, 2018 / Seasoned Safari - Culinary Experiences / Off

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.

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People Of Makweti – Zelda Mashada (Zelly)

By / 9th November, 2018 / People Of Makweti / Off

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.

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Rock Hyrax or Rock Dassie – Procavia capensis

By / 7th November, 2018 / Wildlife At Makweti / Off

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.

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Neil Finds An Elephant Tooth – A Rare And Fortunate Find

By / 29th October, 2018 / Wildlife At Makweti / Off

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.

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Makweti Reaches Out

By / 26th October, 2018 / News / Off

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.

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Neil Davison & Jessica Brown – Our Makweti Stories

By / 16th October, 2018 / People Of Makweti / Off

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”.

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