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MTN Working To Help Save The Rhino

MTN Connected Wildlife is a first-of-its-kind solution that harnesses the powerful Internet of Things technology to help save the rhino. From our experience, one of the best places in the world to see rhino in their natural habitat is at Makweti Safari Lodge, in the beautiful Welgevonden Game Reserve.

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Makweti’s More-ish Muesli Rusks

One of the best things to come out of South Africa is the home-baked rusk. These “more-ish” muesli rusks made in the Makweti kitchen are nothing short of divine, and our overseas guests often can’t believe they’ve lived so long without knowing the pleasure of a rusk with morning coffee. Now, no matter where you

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The Elephant, The Artist and Makweti Safari Lodge

Ladies and gentlemen, in the left corner weighing in at 69kg, standing at 2,36 meters tall and in ivory trunks introducing… and in the right corner weighing in at 73,5kg, standing 2,33 meters tall and also in ivory trunks, introducing one of the greatest match ups of all time, ever recorded. While this may seem

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Getting To Know Confidence Chau From Makweti

It has been a while since we introduced you to a member of the Makweti family, so today we are only too pleased to get to know Confidence Chau a little bit better. Confidence is a member of the housekeeping team, and one of the reasons why everything always looks so pristine when you visit

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Makweti’s Golden Crunchie Recipe

This recipe comes as a special treat. Those guests who have been fortunate enough to taste these crunchies straight from the Makweti kitchen, always request the recipe, and we stand by our promise to deliver it. The best part is that they are so simple to make, that even a novice in the kitchen can

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The Night Stalker – The Aardvark

Aardvark Orycteropus afer It’s a dark, chilly Winter morning and not much is stirring around Makweti Safari Lodge. It’s 2am, and the only sound is of the soft padding of a nocturnal animal moving around the open area close to the waterhole. His long, tubular nose, close to the ground, his long ears pricked, listening

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Always Learning About Our Wildlife

One can never know everything, and this is especially true for our wildlife around Makweti Safari Lodge and in the Welgevonden Game Reserve. The only way to evolve as humans is to constantly maintain the mindset of beginner’s mind, always being open and receptive to new ideas and information. This is the exact stance that

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Answering Some FAQs About Makweti

What Does Makweti Mean? The name “Makweti” refers to the woody tree with the succulent branches and leaves that is characteristic in and around the camp and is better known as the Bushveld Candelabra, or Euphorbia cooperi.  It is believed that the local or traditional name in this region for the Euphorbia cooperi tree is

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Makweti-Style Lamb Tagine

Ingredients 1 tsp cayenne pepper 2 tsp ground black pepper 1 1/2 tbsp paprika 1 1/2 tbsp ground ginger 1 tbsp turmeric 2 tsp ground cinnamon 1 shoulder of lamb Trimmed and cut into 5cm / 2 inch chunks, about 1.1kg / 2 1/2 lb meat in total 2 large onions, grated 2 tbsp olive

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The Different Trees In Makweti Camp

The early summer rains have left the reserve looking spectacular this year.  The rivers are in full flow, the floodplain areas in the central parts of the reserve are filling, and the flora has responded to this with great enthusiasm. The Makweti camp hasn’t been this lush or in such glorious splendour since February 2017,

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People Of Makweti – Ranger, Colin Smit

We love introducing you to the people of Makweti, so that you can get a feel for who is standing behind the scenes, making all the magic come together! If you’ve visited us before then you will know these people, and will hopefully enjoy finding out more about them. May we introduce Colin Smit; this

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Makweti Curried Prawn, Mango And Rosti Amuse

If you want to make something that is as exotic as it is delicious, this is your best bet. Plus it will offer a fond reminder of the cuisine that Chef Phillip and his team so lovingly create in the Makweti kitchen. Get the recipe here and make it at home. We’d love to hear

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Happy Holidays From Our Family To Yours

Wishing all our friends and followers a magical festive season and happy New Year.  We look forward to seeing you again in 2019! 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…

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Red-Billed Oxpecker – A Key Ecological Species

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

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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

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Lions In And Around Makweti Safari Lodge

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

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)

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

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Rock Hyrax or Rock Dassie – Procavia capensis

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

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Neil Finds An Elephant Tooth – A Rare And Fortunate Find

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

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