Madikwe Moments Blog
Legendary golf commentator and radio personality Jim Kelly, otherwise known by his pseudonym, Speedy Greens, recently paid a visit to Jaci’s Tree Lodge in Madikwe Game Reserve, along with golfer Tom Watson and Watson’s wife, Hillary.
A recent two-night visit to Jaci’s Safari Lodge in Madikwe Game Reserve delivered an amazing birding safari experience, with some 150 species spotted and several other species heard only.
On a warm summers day in the Madikwe Game Reserve, swimming between game drives is always a great idea. However us humans, are not the only ones who have caught onto the pleasure of a midday swim.
“Remember your pre-shoot checks,” cautions Roger de la Harpe, our wildlife photography tutor for the photo safari workshop at Jaci’s, as we head out on the sand road and into Madikwe Game Reserve. He’s referring to MIFFED, a pre-photography checklist and a self-coined acronym that translates to M – Mode, I – ISO, F – Focus mode, F – Focus point, E – Exposure Comp, and D – Drive.
Anne Schauffer, editorial bureau chief at Media Nova, tells me that she has “the kiss of death” when it comes to sighting African wild dog, which is why she decided to book her place on the Wild dogs of Madikwe photography safari, with renowned photographer and author couple Roger and Pat de la Harpe.
Garth Kingwell spent some time at Jaci’s Lodges earlier this year. View his video of a magical hour spent with two bull elephants.
Look – there’s a Narina trogon!” A what?
“Hey, hear that Hartlaub’s spurfowl?” Who?
This is a common reaction of many beginner birders as they grapple with the intricacies of Africa’s colloquial bird names, never mind distinguishing between a pipit, lark or cisticola!
I phone Emmanuel “Manny” Mekgwe, general manager of Jaci’s Tree Lodge, as he is preparing for a wedding party to arrive. The wedding is scheduled to take place in a few hours, and he is surprisingly calm.
Matthew Mpofu’s surname means eland. Quite a coincidence, then, that he works at one of South Africa’s largest game reserves – Madikwe.