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All posts by: "Leo van Zyl"

Makweti’s homemade lemon meringue ice cream

Summer in South Africa is all about exploring the great outdoors, soaking up the sunshine (we recommend SPF 30+!), and finding ways to celebrate this glorious season with family and friends. What better way to cool down on a hot summer day than to indulge in a serving of wickedly-sweet ice cream. At Makweti, our

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Just Ask Us! Why do Nightjars sit on the Road at night, and so often?

Neil responds There is much to be discussed on this matter, however the reason or reasons appear obvious once known. Nightjars, as their name would suggest are nocturnal birds who spend their days well concealed, resting up either on branches of trees or on the ground. Camouflage is key. Once night falls, they take to

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The Greatest Love Story

Flowers. Symbols of love, of hope and joy, perhaps of prosperity.  Given as gifts for forgiveness, for admiration, adoration, for death and consolation.  Their perfume, an intoxicating vapour that excites, makes giddy, sometimes disgusts and even cause you to faint.  They hold much power and symbolism to us, but their hidden strength tells of a

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Just Ask Us! Why do only some birds migrate, and do they eat when migrating, on route?

Colin responds. Migration is usually a seasonal movement from an area entering a colder, leaner time (winter) to an area that is warmer and where food is still readily available. This covers two important factors conducive to breeding: a suitable climate and access to abundant energy resources. Birds that remain in the former area most

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World Rhino Day

Conservation is an emotional sport. You win some, you lose some but you cannot give up the game. It’s not a professional sport at that, there is certainly very little funding available for the incumbent players and most go unnoticed, the mere minnows that are overshadowed by the big names. It makes for a fantastic

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Spice up Heritage Day with Makweti Malay Sosaties

Grilling is a big part of the culture in many countries. Here in South Africa, across all of our cultures, it’s almost a part of our DNA! Traditionally, it’s called a braai (an Afrikaans word, which means “grill or barbecue”) and these tender, spicy sosaties are a popular favourite. Where Does The Name Sosatie Come

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Just Ask Us! We often see Wildebeest and Zebra together, and there are many more Zebra on the Reserve, why?

Josphat Responds. When it comes to wildlife survival is of utmost importance. If animals are ‘together’ it means many senses are put to use to protect themselves. Zebras have got good eyesight whilst wildebeest have a good sense of hearing, coupled with eyesight. Both species are grazers and prefer open plains. Feeding together is beneficial

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