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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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Meet Talent – One Of Our Spa Specialists

Talent Nyamusa, known simply as Talent, is one of the incredibly energetic and enthusiastic ladies who keep Makweti going. She wears a few hats at Makweti Safari Lodge, and always carries out her day with a smile. Born in Zimbabwe, Talent is some 800kms from home, but Makweti feels like home to her too. She

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Lights, Camera, Action

The waterhole at Makweti Safari Lodge has always been a hive of activity and over the past three years has provided our guests with much entertainment and enjoyment. It’s the start of Summer, which is ultimately the driest part of the year. The Waterberg is well known for its abundance of fresh water, however it is

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The Magic Of Bush Coffee In The Morning

There is something incredibly magnificent about early mornings in the bush. It’s a moment shared with hundreds of species of insects, birds, animals and all sorts of other creatures as the night disappears and the new day begins. We have been doing mornings in the bush for a long time, and we know that there

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Meet Chef John Makgoba

Makweti Safari Lodge is world-renowned for our haute cuisine. We are a longstanding member of the (by-invitation-only) Chaîne des Rôtisseurs – a hallmark of fine cuisine. The reason behind this is the imagination and ingenuity that comes out of our kitchen. People like Chef John Makgoba make it possible to “wow” our guests with every

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Makweti Marmite And Cheese Bread Recipe

There is nothing quite like the smell of freshly baked bread. Actually, we lie. Eating freshly baked bread probably tops the smell, but both are heavenly. This home-baked bread is a Makweti favourite, made with a local ingredient that South African kids grow up on: Marmite. Add loads of cheese and you have a recipe

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‘A O Bone Peolwane?’ – Did You See The Swallow?

Red-breasted Swallow (English) Peolwane (Northern Sotho) – Hirundo semirufa Early on Monday morning, we headed out on the game drive just before 6am. It was a cool morning, typical of spring but the sun was starting to rise above the hills that surround the Makweti Gorge. We had discussed birding the night before around the table and

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Cape Brandy Pudding Recipe

In keeping with our Women’s Month theme, we thought we’d share something sweet and delicious with you; a recipe for Cape Brandy Pudding. It’s not just any recipe, no… this is something special. It has a history as rich as the dessert itself. Cape Brandy Pudding originates from a popular South African dessert known as

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The Lion Queen – African Lion Panthera leo

The old phrase “lightning never strikes twice” is born in myth and truth depending on how this phrase is used. Most storm chasers will have you know that this is false and given enough time it is certainly quite inevitable. Lightning can and will strike the same place twice at any time. There are many things to

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Celebrating Our Wonderful Women

South Africa celebrates the women of our country on the 9th of August every year with a public holiday that is unique to our country. We see it as as opportunity to celebrate the bravery and strength of South African women, a day which was first acknowledged in 1995. The History Of Women’s Day Women’s Day

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Two-Tone Roasted Yellow Pepper And Tomato Soup

This two-tone soup is made from a roasted yellow pepper soup and a separate tomato soup; both rich in flavour and colour. It is a real treat for the senses and so easy to make. Roasted Yellow Pepper Soup Ingredients 4 yellow peppers 1 onion, finely diced 1 tsp thyme, chopped 250 ml vegetable stock,

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Meet Ellard Banda – Makweti Field Guide

Ellard Banda is an exceptional field guide at Makweti, and one of our most trusted members of the extended Makweti family. He came to our lodge in 2013 to fulfill his role as our maintenance man. It wasn’t long before he became completely captivated by the nature around him and chose to study to become

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Legend Of The Nyami Nyami Walking Stick

June 26, 2019 By Art Comments Off

In Conversation With Test Malunga This walking stick is a piece of art that can be found at Makweti, and it has an incredible story behind it. It is beautifully crafted and is representative of the Nyami Nyami, who is the Tonga tribe river god that inhabits the Zambezi valley. The walking stick resembles a

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Hippo “Look N’Gai, No Fishes!”

Hippopotamus Hippopotamus amphibius It’s early winter in 2018 and Rhino Dam is a hive of activity. The last week of April saw the arrival of four adult hippos to the dam, having moved from Kromellenboog Dam far in the north of the reserve near Nyala plains. This group of hippo had often made the trek between these

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Sunset, Inverroche And The African Bush

There is something so indulgent about a gin and tonic at the end of the day. Winding down with the crisp, fragrant notes of your chosen flavour is something to look forward to, and at Makweti, we do it in style. The popularity of G&Ts has extended so far as to become a culture. In

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Pear And Ginger Cake

The cooler weather calls for comfort food, and this Pear And Ginger Cake is most certainly comforting, but closer to decadent! It’s not difficult to make either, and it will wow your family and friends into a a state of bliss. ¾ cup sunflower oil 190g treacle sugar 2 slightly beaten, large free-range eggs 190g

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A Game of Thrones: The Lions Share

Lions, males in particular, have gripped the human race with fear, admiration, respect and misunderstanding for centuries. They are depicted as ruthless killers with an insatiable appetite for prey, and a blood lust for killing. They appear in many religious forms as symbols of power and strength, and are synonymous as symbols of status, wealth and

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