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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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ROASTED CAULIFLOWER LASAGNE

Meat-Free Monday is a campaign that aims to encourage the world to help slow climate change, reduce the impact on land and vegetation, slow deforestation and save wildlife, by reducing meat consumption. As Sir David Attenborough urges us to consume less meat in his latest Netflix documentary, A Life On Our Planet, our spectacular chefs

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Meet Josphat on your Makweti Safari Lodge Game Drive

Some of Makweti Safari Lodge’s best guides have been the ones who were born into a life surrounded by nature, often coming from farmlands and small communities. One such guide is our ever-smiling, friendly-faced Josphat Chinyanda – affectionately nicknamed “Bushbaby”. Josphat leads our guests on an adventurous Makweti Safari Lodge Game Drive that they will

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Safari Game Drive – What We See Depends on What We Look For

Seeing is believing or perhaps seeing is deceiving.  The idea that seeing is believing dates to ancient Greece, from where the expression became part of many proverbs in English and other languages.  The idea that we need to see something first, before believing it exists, may well be true, but sometimes what we see is

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BOBOTIE CIGARS

Bobotie’s roots in South Africa date back to the 17th century. Dutch traders set up camp in the area that is now Cape Town, using it as a stopping point on their journeys back and forth to Indonesia. The traders brought spices, cooking techniques, and recipes with them. While the specifics are a bit vague,

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World Girl Child Day – Raising Matriarchs and Queens

Every living organism has the right to a healthy life, safe existence and the opportunity to develop and grow to their full potential. This couldn’t be more true than for those who form the womb of every society. In recognition of International Day of the Girl Child, today – the 11th day of October 2020

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World Habitat Day – Preserving ‘Home’

World Habitat Day – the 5th day of October 2020 – is recognised each year on the first Monday of October. It is designated to reflect on the state of towns and cities and the rights for all to have adequate shelter. Habitat: The space we occupy We often forget that we share our spaces

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An African Moon

We have always insisted that our winter night skies in the Waterberg are spectacular. With little cloud to obscure our views of the vibrant Milky Way, little or no moisture or humidity to diminish the faint glow of even the smallest or farthest star from the earth, the night skies are alive. There is so

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The Baboon, A Poet And A Naturalist

Change is inevitable. Be it good or bad, it is bound to happen. Most of what changes is not so much about what has changed or is busy changing, but more one’s perception of what is different. Many things change around us without us knowing. Many changes have different impacts or effects on us or

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A Home That Makes A “Hole” Lot Of Sense

Observation: the active acquisition of information from a primary source using our senses. A critical part of being a guide, or even simply living in a natural environment, is possessing the proverbial ‘power of observation’ – taking time to notice the small things, those things less ordinary. Each time we exit the reserve and travel

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Nature’s Medicine Chest

In October 2018, we were in northern Kruger National Park when I was reminded about the trade in traditional medicinal products in South Africa. We were in the farthest northern part of the Kruger National Park driving along the Levubu River. We passed a common cluster fig or sycamore fig tree with a neat rectangular

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A Place We Didn’t Want To Share – Guest Review

Thank you, Liz Newton for this honest and captivating review about Makweti Safari Lodge on TripAdvisor. We understand exactly what you mean by not wanting to share Makweti with the world. But the beauty of our lodge is that even if every person knew about it, it would always be an intimate, quiet retreat due

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Travel Safely Feathered Friends

With the world at a standstill as we battle through the current pandemic, travel restrictions all over leave us dreaming of our next exotic holiday. Nature, however, continues to take to the skies, and it is quite simply business as usual. It’s that time when the mornings are cooler, rain clouds visit us less often,

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Meet Our Guest Liaison Charlotte Masai

If you have ever visited Makweti, then you will have met Charlotte Masai, our guest liaison extraordinaire. Charlotte was born in Malamukle, near Giyani in Limpopo, which is a good 405km from Makweti. One of four siblings, she became intrigued about life in a safari lodge after reading about it on the Internet. The rest

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What’s In A Name?

“What’s in a name?  A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” ~ Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. A name. It is most often the very first thing we learn about something or someone. It allows us some insight into that person (or in this case an animal) and forms the basis

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Prawn And Sole Roulade With Champagne Reduction

At Makweti, we don’t do half measures. We always go above and beyond to treat our guests like an extended family. One of our favourite ways to do this is through food. Each and every recipe is created and perfected in the Makweti kitchen, and we get so much satisfaction from constantly surprising our guests

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Spicing Up 2020 With Our Favourite Recipes

With the dawn of 2020, we decided to celebrate a few of our favourite spicy recipes that we’ve shared in the past. Phillip Nthai and the chefs in the Makweti kitchen are certainly not shy when it comes to adding unique flavours to their dishes. This is something that sets our culinary delights apart, making for memorable

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Flight of Fancy

The mass movement of the Brown-veined White Butterfly sp. Belonois aurota aurota “Flight of Fancy” definition – fictionalisation, fantasy, mirage, unreality… or is it? The very thought of the annual migration of millions of tiny white butterflies all north-east bound in search of mates in wetter regions may seem to be fantastical. But this is

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In Life And Death

Remember Disney’s, The Lion King? Mufasa: Look, Simba, everything the light touches is our kingdom Simba: Wow… Mufasa: A king’s time as ruler rises and falls like the sun. One day, Simba, the sun will set on my time here, and will rise with you as the new king Simba: And this’ll all be mine?

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Makweti Beetroot Cheesecake Recipe

It sounds like an odd combination – beetroot and cheesecake – but that’s because you haven’t tasted it yet. It is absolutely exquisite, especially when made in the Makweti kitchen. You can, however, make it at home too. Our distinguished chefs have put together this easy, step-by-step recipe for you to try in your own

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