Madikwe Moments Blog
Bra Snake loves soccer. He supports Sundowns, Zimbabwe’s Dynamos and the English Premier League’s Manchester United. He also professes to be a mean midfielder and striker.
But it’s nearly breakfast and Bra Snake is busy cooking in the kitchen – his number one passion. The guests are gathering and will want their breakfast soon, and Bra Snake is the head chef at Jaci’s Tree Lodge in Madikwe Game Reserve.
Mocca Mooketsi’s smiling face is probably the first you’ll see when you step into Jaci’s Safari Lodge in Madikwe. As it should be – he is the manager at Jaci’s Safari Lodge and is on hand to greet all visitors.
But it’s not the only time you’ll see him, as he is not one of those managers stuck behind a desk, away from the guests. He is everywhere, greeting guests, dealing with countless enquiries, ensuring that every need is met, and even helping to serve meals.
African wild dogs (Lycaon pictus) are highly endangered, with only a few thousand (if that) remaining in the wild.
Also known as “painted wolves”, these dogs are highly social animals, living and hunting in packs, and raising litters of pups together.
The Madikwe Game Reserve has become famous for its wild dogs, which were reintroduced here in 1995. There are currently two African wild dog packs at Madikwe, and one of them has just had a litter of 14 puppies, which are now around eight or nine weeks old.
The June wildlife photography workshop at Jaci's Lodges drew to a close today, with thousands of images collectively taken by the participants, who were expertly guided by professional wildlife photographers Roger and Pat de la Harpe.
Friendships were made during the workshop and an immense amount of photography know-how was imparted. The next workshop is in September (with another planned for November), so get your bookings in as soon as possible to avoid disappointment (see our photography workshops page for more details). We'll guarantee, no matter whether you're starting out or a professional, this workshop will make you more passionate about taking pictures than ever before!
A den of wild dog pups, early morning elephants and lion cubs were some of the subjects on the first afternoon and second morning of the photo workshop under way at Jaci’s Safari Lodge.
Jaci’s Lodges runs photographic workshops from time to time, with renowned wildlife photographers such as Roger and Pat de la Harpe. These are small, intimate safaris, where all levels of photographers are catered for, from amateur to expert. These photos are from the first day of a photo workshop currently in progress.
I am lucky enough to have been living and working in Madikwe for the last 20 years, as a result have witnessed first hand, the transformation over the years from over grazed, over worked farm land to the magnificent wildlife area it is today. Madikwe is the epitome of a successful and proud partnership between private enterprise, local community and government!
It is not often that one gets the opportunity to organise an art exhibition in the bush, so when it presented itself, from the Anna Basson Art Gallery in Zeerust we embraced it in true Jaci’s fashion.
Beukes Geldenhuys, the new general manager of Jaci’s Lodges, is obviously the man for the job: he has managed lodges and acted as a field guide all over South Africa, as well as on the Lower Zambezi; he’s also been a film cameraman, financial advisor and animal rehabilitator; he has raised a lion and gone hunting with her; and he was there as one of our first guides, along with the rest of the team, when the renowned lodges – set in the expansive Madikwe Game Reserve on the edge of the Kalahari – opened in 2000.
The African wild dog is very close to our hearts here at Jaci’s, and being based in the Madikwe Reserve means we are very privileged to see these amazing animals on a regular basis. When you are on a game drive and observe a large pack of dogs playfully interacting with each other, it is hard to believe that they are on the critically endangered wildlife list.