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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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Makweti Reaches Out

October 26, 2018 By News Comments Off

Makweti Safari Lodge has been proud to sponsor two very worthy charities over the recent months. These charities are close to our hearts and we know that every bit of support – no matter how big or small – has an impact.

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Neil Davison & Jessica Brown – Our Makweti Stories

It’s October 2016 and Jessica and I are sitting in our small rental apartment in Northern Johannesburg wondering why on earth we had decided to give the “big city” a try after so many years of living and enjoying the bush and game lodge environment. We had been working in lodges and boutique hotels for

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Make Your Own Makweti Chicken Tagine

There’s something incredibly exciting about a meal prepared in a tagine. It feels authentically African. This method of cooking originated in the Maghreb region of Africa, along the Mediterranean Sea coastline in the far North-West of our continent. Countries like Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Libya are all known to infuse ingredients together like this in

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Jameson’s Red Rock Rabbit – Pronolagus randensis

We are privileged to live in such an amazing environment and are reminded of this daily. Makweti Safari Lodge is not only home to our incredible team and a home-away-from-home for our guests, but we also share this space with several resident camp creatures. On occasions at night whilst heading back to the rooms, guests

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People Of Makweti – Safari Guide, Kevin Holroyd

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again; the people of Makweti Safari Lodge are a huge contributing factor as to why guests come back time and again. We are so fortunate to have an incredible, dedicated and passionate team, even if they eventually do move on to other ventures. Kevin Holroyd was one

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Poached Egg In Avocado Breakfast Recipe

One of our guests had this breakfast at Makweti Safari Lodge last month, and made a special request for the recipe. Since we are in the habit of sharing Chef Phillip’s culinary secrets, we decided to make this delectable breakfast our focus this month for the benefit of everyone! Get your own taste of the Makweti

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Cheetah Kill In Makweti Camp

Many guests are tempted to skip the morning drive and have the proverbial ‘lie in’, but few are willing to forego it in fear of missing out on whatever may be seen. Two days ago, one of our guests decided to skip the morning drive, but in doing so was fortunate enough to witness a

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Behind The Scenes With The Brown Hyena – Hyaena brunnea

Very few (if any) of our guests are aware of the “behind the scenes” activity that takes place as we while away the day or night in camp.  There is so much activity that we miss and are unaware of. Ever since I started guiding and conducting trails, I have been fascinated with the precision,

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Meet Richard Moyo, Makweti’s Own Football Hero

Richard Moyo was born in Salima, a small town in Malawi close to Lake Malawi. It’s a good 1730km’s from Makweti, so he is far from his birthplace, but fortunately Makweti is now his home away from home and we are so lucky to have him as part of our family! Richard is used to being

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Chocolate And Orange Tart Recipe

Once again, Chef Philip has outdone himself in the kitchen with a delectable tart that will change the way you see dessert forever. Chocolate and orange have always paired well together, but the combination in these tartlets is sheer perfection. Make them at home and experience a sample of the Makweti magic in your own

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Warm Up Your Winter With Our Makweti Bobotie

Bobotie is a traditional South African dish that takes you on a colourful taste adventure through our country’s history. The first instance of the recipe was brought to our shores by the Dutch in the early 1600s.The spices used in bobotie were introduced by the Indonesian slaves in the 17th century.

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Getting To Know Makweti’s Johanna Mokau

We are proud to introduce you to Johanna, a member of the Makweti family who was born in Vaalwater, 45km away from the lodge. Johanna is one of four children and is also a mom to her own beautiful daughter, Letta, and wife to Solomon Mongane, a mechanic from Vaalwater. She is also a proud grandmother

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