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JUST ASK US: We see quite a few open areas on the Reserve suddenly appear, almost as Islands, what causes this?

Colin responds. An open area may form naturally in any wooded area for various reasons. Just one example is an area where a termite mound has ceased to exist. The remaining underground plant material the termites did not consume fertilizes what was a bare area and grass grows. Grazers happen upon the area and use

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Makweti Traditional Breakfast

While we all enjoy a traditional english breakfast from time-to-time, here at Makweti, we love to introduce local flavour into our cuisine! One of our favourite dishes is our Makweti Traditional Breakfast, where we bring boerewors, chakalaka and Zulu steam bread to the breakfast table in style and true South African flavour! A few fun

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Perspective

Perspective. The appearance of something relative to one another. We gain perspective daily of our own lives, our purpose in society, our roles as parents and children, of politics, religions, celebrities and more. All of us are constantly fed information from a wide range of sources, constantly changing how we see things, creating emotion and

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A Mothers’ Nature

Mothers, we all have one, whether we like it or not. They come in all shapes and sizes, colours, and temperaments. Although some may seem to think that the ‘grass is greener’ on other peoples’ mothers, there is one thing no one can deny, we cannot be without them. The role of a mother is

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JUST ASK US! How do Brown and Spotted Hyena differ in appearance and behaviour?

Neil responds. We are fortunate to host both species of southern African Hyena on the Welgevonden Game Reserve, and although their numbers are lower than that of other top predators, they feature on the ‘wanted’ list amongst Guests. Both are well adapted to the area, with the Brown Hyena being a species that inhabited the

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Bringing the Beach to the Bush – East Coast Prawn Curry

In the words of novelist Jonathan Safran Foer, “Food is not rational. Food is culture, habit, craving and identity.” Few foods are as culturally-rich and – if we’re honest – irrational as a spicy-hot east coast curry. And yet, the cravings arise. We’re not all beef and venison in the bush – Even here, we

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Butternut and Lentil Strudel

Visiting an African wilderness is a deeply personal experience for any traveller. At Makweti, we aim to make every aspect of your stay special – even the food – and with a wonderful repertoire of mouthwatering vegetarian dishes, we help all our guests to celebrate their personal dietary preferences.  Personally yours, to try at home,

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Just Ask Us! We don’t see many ‘Thorn Trees’ on Welgevonden Game Reserve, why is that?

Josphat responds: Welgevonden Game Reserve is a conservation game reserve, but there used to be farms in this area. We believe that the indigenous thorn trees were taken out by farmers years ago, as they would have impacted the farming activities. Some of South Africa’s thorn trees also release chemicals that prevent other trees from

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Giant Bullfrog

There is a little water pan on the Reserve.  For the most part it goes unnoticed, lying dry as a bone in the African sun.  A small depression of dust and sand littered with the heavy footprints of bovids who in days past plodded through it, in the hope of bringing some relief to their

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Unusual suspects

On Saturday morning we woke to Zebras alarming in the ridge behind the waterhole. As we left for Game Drive, we found fresh tracks on the road, left behind by the possible cause for the all the alarm. We stopped and investigated and pieced together an interesting sighting, not witnessed by anyone. An Aardvark had

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JUST ASK US! ‘You say Elephant Males come into musth when mature and ready to mate, do male Rhino’s do the same?’

Neil responds. Elephant are not territorial and will wonder great distances in search of food, water, and potential mates, shaping the environment as they do. Female elephants ovulate every 4 months and so the chance of a bull elephant in musth coming into contact with a receptive female, fighting off other male suitors also in

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For the Love of Nostalgia – The Dessert that’s Delighted for Three Generations

Otto de Jager was left a family legacy in form of a recipe book, handwritten by his mother, for his 30th birthday.  It’s a beautiful, leather-bound volume of love…  This treasure trove of traditions from an Afrikaans Kitchen showcases decades of a mother’s instinct to nurture and inspire.  From the dusty Karoo where his mother

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You are my Mate!

February, the month of ‘love’. It inspires us to reaffirm our commitments to those we hold dearest, showering them with gifts and experiences to see us through another 12 months. Love does though, exert the same level of distress on our bodies as deep fear does. Mathematically speaking, we should engage with a dozen partners

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Never Forget Your Love – Valentine’s Safari Photo Shoots at Makweti Safari Lodge

It gives us tremendous hope at Makweti to have February, the month of love, finally upon us once again. Hope for at least one month where love takes charge over all the chaos, where tenderness and togetherness are treasured during this time of global isolation. At Makweti, we are all true romantics at heart –

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MAKWETI SPINACH AND FETA QUICHE

As we are now well into a new year, and people all over the world are aspiring to eat healthier food, here at Makweti we continue to experiment with vegetarian dishes that make the mouth water. One such dish is our spinach and feta quiche – offering all the goodness of eggs and spinach and

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You taught me almost everything…

But you didn’t teach me how to live without you. A cloud may have a silver lining giving warmth and hope to us, but rarely does that silver lining have its very own silver lining, hidden within is symbolism of a better tomorrow. Saturday, the 4th day of August 2018 It’s 8am and we are

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MAKWETI’S Festive Gin and Tonic Cheesecake

With the holiday season now in full swing, we are looking for ways to spread festivity in ways that are true to the quintessential South African spirit. The reinvigorating Gin and Tonic has been adopted by South African culture, perfectly paired with our sublime, sunny weather and friendly disposition.  At Makweti Safari Lodge, we’ve combined

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Silver Anniversary

Cast the window wider, sonny, Let me see the veldt, Rolling grandly to the sunset, Where the mountains melt, With the sharp horizon round it, Like a silver belt. 1903, from the poem The Veldt by Percival Gibbon. Silver, a distinguished colour second only to Gold, is associated with elegance, sophistication, and innovation. In nature

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For the Love of Wild Places

“Makweti Safari Lodge was inspired by our family’s love of the wild places in Africa. It grew from the excitement of my parents, who journeyed to the Kruger park when it was first opened in 1926. They would travel in a Ford Model T and set up camp in the only facility provided in the

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Beyond the Ball

Early morning, June 2017.  We’ve aroused our guests to prepare for the morning game drive, when from down the valley comes a reverberating rumble. Startling all those lounging on the deck of the Indaba, the roaring sound penetrates the aroma of coffee brewing. We look at each other. Lion! It is the Tembe Male, sprawled

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