Madikwe Moments Blog
There was an old buffalo bull, which was in very bad shape at one of our waterholes. For the purpose of this story, we will just call him Bruno the buffalo.
What an exciting and exhilirating day we enjoyed, starting early we followed instructions and directions issued from the helicopter as it flew over the Madikwe Game Reserve looking for our target animal – a rhino with un “notched” ears. We were actually on a Conservation Safari – Wow!
We were on a short bumble with two young guests from Jaci’s Safai Lodge yesterday afternoon when we came across an elephant drinking outside Jaci’s Tree Lodge – and then we saw the teeny, weeny baby – what a surprise!
The African fish eagle. Photo courtesy of Sumeet Moghe
You don’t have to be a professional to be a birder. In fact, you don’t even have to be an adult.
We’ve compiled a top 10 list of interesting birds for youngsters (and beginners) to spot on the specialised birding safari at Jaci’s Lodges in the Madikwe Game Reserve. Learn the terminology that birders use and impress everyone with your knowledge of our fine feathered friends in the wild.
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.
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.
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!
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.