Madikwe Moments Blog


Jaci's Lodges, Madikwe - Field guides update - April 2014

by Paul Slyer (Head field guide - Jaci's Lodges) – 18 May 2014

Well, the Madikwe March summer rains have finally subsided and April only bought 2 or 3 small downpours. The bush is still lovely and green with a lot of surface water remaining in form of water puddles & fabulous mud wallows which the animals are enjoying before they totally dry up.


What are brood parasites?

by Paul Slyer (head field guide) - Jaci's Lodges – 18 May 2014

Brood Parasites are birds that lay their eggs in other species nests and let that species act as a foster parent to raise their chicks. The benefit of this is to lay multiple eggs in multiple nests which greatly increases the chances of more offspring being raised till adult hood, rather than spending all their time and energy raising one clutch of chicks.


Madikwe's cleanup crew at work

28 April 2014

A little while ago a large male giraffe with a badly broken leg was spotted not far from one of the dams on Madikwe. When the reserve management went to assess the situation the Giraffe had succumbed to his severe injury. So a small road was created for the game viewers to approach the carcass and then the waiting began. Who will get there first?


A warm welcome to Jaci's Lodges GM couple - Brett & Claire

by Jaci – 21 April 2014

We welcome Brett & Claire Bayman who have recently joined Jaci’s Lodges, Madikwe as the new General Management couple. They come to Jaci’s Lodges from Livingstone, Zambia


Horns & their many uses

by Roel van Muiden (field guide, Jaci's Lodges) – 12 April 2014

Many species of antelope as well as the Cape Buffalo will have horns, either both sexes will support them or just the males.


Lucky was nearly "UnLucky!"

by jaci – 7 April 2014

When Lucky arrived at the Jaci’s Safari Lodge swing bridge entrance yesterday he found it most strange that there were no other guides or their vehicles in the area.


Jaci's Lodges, Madikwe - Field guide update - March 2014

by Paul Slyer (Head field guide - Jaci's Lodges) – 27 March 2014

Jaci’s Lodges Field Guides report - March 2014

The month of March started of as the wettest month of the season so far with over 300mm falling in the first 10 days. Never the less our guests did not let the weather dampen there spirits and soldiered on through the rain in search of wildlife.

On the note of wildlife, the rain has not affected it, with excellent sighting of lions, rhinos and elephant seen on a daily basis. Even our usually elusive leopards ...


Earth Hour 2014 - what you can do

by Tara Turkington - Flow Communications – 26 March 2014

Let’s all support this initiative and make a difference both as individual and as businesses.
Pledge your support for Earth Hour
Earth Hour is an initiative to raise environmental awareness and inspire positive action that the WWF runs.
Earth Hour is so much more than switching off your lights for an hour, it is a global movement of people taking action for the environment.


Ever wonder why Zebras have stripes?

by Paul Slyer (head field guide Jaci's Lodges) – 25 March 2014

Well there are 3 theories and 1 proven case.
The first theory is that because most mammals are colour blind including predators, they see in different shades of grey.


What is a camera trap?

by Declan Kofer (Jaci's Field Guide) – 19 March 2014

We always love to know what’s happening out in the bush while we are back in the lodge working or sleeping at night so we decided to invest in a camera trap which works on a motion sensor that picks up movement as animals walk past it. It then takes 3 pictures in 5 second intervals. At night the camera has an infra red flash ...