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Bushveld Candelabra – The Makweti Tree – Euphorbia Cooperi

One of the most frequently asked questions by most (if not all) our guests is: “What does Makweti mean?” Well, the answer is as simple as it is not. The camp is built in an area of the Welgevonden Game Reserve that is referred to as the “Makweti Gorge.” This gorge lies north of the camp

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Ginger Milk Tart Recipe

It’s June, the middle of winter here in South Africa, and the perfect time to turn to comfort food. This month we’ve got something positively delectable for you to bake in your own kitchens. A South African staple and traditional dessert in many households: the milk tart. In true Chef Phillip style, his milk tart

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Welgevonden Lion Update 2018 – A Makweti Guide’s Perspective

As the prime species of the big 5, lions are always high on the ‘must see’ list during any safari or game reserve visit. Fortunately for all Makweti visitors, the Welgevonden Game Reserve is home to a bustling lion population.

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Making Guests Feel At Home At Makweti – Guest Reviews

May 25, 2018 By Experience Comments Off

At Makweti Safari Lodge, we pride ourselves on exemplary service and the ways that we can deliver this to our guests. But service can be a very impersonal act. It can be professional, it can be streamlined, and it can also be detached. Something that has always been close to our hearts is the creation

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Celebrating The Vibrant Woodland Kingfisher At Makweti

Woodland kingfisher – Halcyon senegalensis In late October, we look forward to the woodland kingfisher returning to the Waterberg, seeking suitable nesting sites to raise their young. They come back to the reach of Makweti at this time because of the abundance of food available with the onset of the summer rains. It truly is

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Mouthwatering Makweti Recipes For May 2018

Welcome to your dose of mouthwatering Makweti recipes for the month of May. Seeing as though it’s Winter, we thought we would warm you up with this three-course meal. Enjoy!

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Watching A Female Cheetah Come Into Motherhood

Over the years, guests of Makweti Safari Lodge have had the pleasure of watching one of Welgevonden’s female cheetahs come into motherhood.

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Delicious Makweti Recipes for April 2018

We said we’d share a bit of our kitchen magic with you, so here is a three-course meal that was created in the Makweti kitchen, by our talented Chef Phillip Nthai.

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Inside The Kitchen Of Chef Phillip Nthai

Phillip is one of the reasons why guests come flocking back to Makweti, time and again.

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Stretching the Makweti Safari Lodge way

Never mind downward-facing dog, this baboon troop at Makweti are reinventing yoga moves as they get their stretch – and sip – in.

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New addition to Makweti’s monkey troop

It’s a boy, and he belongs to a very proud pair of Vervet monkey parents at Makweti Safari Lodge.

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Makweti plays ball with local community

October 18, 2017 By Community Comments Off

Giving back to the local community is something Makweti Safari Lodge is passionate about. Located 39km from the township of Vaalwater, we sponsor the Zebras Football Club, who are popularly known as the Makweti Zebras and play for the Waterberg District Football Association.

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Cheetah Male in burnt area

This adult male Cheetah has been regularly seen in the Southern Plains, which recently burnt in a wild fire.

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Grey Headed Bush Shrike

August 29, 2017 By Experience Comments Off

For some time now, almost 3 weeks, this Grey Headed Bush shrike has frequented the large Kudu berry tree outside Reception and spends time foraging around the thicket areas close to the Indaba where the dense cover aids his feeding activities.

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Night-time happenings at Makweti

July 27, 2017 By Experience Comments Off

It is easy to forget that while humans are active during the day, there are millions of species which choose the night hours to get moving.

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Monkey talk echoes the bush telegraph

July 17, 2017 By Experience Comments Off

The cute and comical Vervet monkey is a staple for any southern African bushveld visit, and Makweti is no exception.

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Avian visitors tell stories of rain

During the past few weeks, Makweti has been filled with the sounds of what South African poet Douglas Livingstone called “the rainbird’s liquid note” emanating from the trees.

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Makweti featured in wildlife book by renowned American photographer

September 30, 2016 By Events Comments Off

Professional photographer Michael Fairchild has a deep love for adventure, travel and wildlife. His latest book, Winged Wonders, is a collection of images representing some of his favourite birds captured on film or digital media since 1970. Michael, along with his wife Susie Maria Willett, visited Makweti Safari Lodge and spent time exploring and meeting

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Lion and buffalo showdown at Makweti

One of Africa’s big cats, the lion, is often thought of as a ferocious beast who conquers all. But no other herbivore rivals the buffalo with its brute force, fending off attacks from lions.

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Kudu battle in Welgevonden

July 8, 2016 By Experience Comments Off

Game sightings are all about luck and timing, so Makweti Manager and Field Guide Gary Parker was left awe-struck recently after witnessing a battle of two magnificent Kudus.

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