Madikwe Moments Blog
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.
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.
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.
This was a morning to remember! Just as the sun was starting to peak its head over the horizon, we saw a pack of Wild Dogs trotting down the dirt road…
The following animal and bird pictures were taken by members of our photographic workshop last week. Out in the bush, there is always something new to see and experience! We’ll be hosting another photographic workshop later in the year. If you’d like us to notify you about the details, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Jaci’s Lodges is currently running a photography workshop (something we do fairly regularly). The following rainbow pictures were taken by the group one afternoon this week. Madikwe’s skies are often dramatic and always beautiful, but rainbows and the promises they bring are always extra special.
When I heard that there was a truck coming to Madikwe to collect an old, rusty car that had been lying in the bush for many years, I was quick to jump on the band wagon with a few of Jaci’s rangers to collect and recycle as much old scrap metal as possible. Years of walking safaris in Madikwe meant I had a good idea of where tons of old metal from the farming years had been lying, and now was a good time to put that memory to test and do a positive thing for Madikwe and our planet.
Going on a three-hour game drive through the thorny scrub of the Madikwe Game Reserve is a special experience that can be made even more so by keeping basic game drive etiquette in mind.
As one gazes down on a hunting lioness, or up at an elephant breaking branches off a tree, it’s easy to forget momentarily that these are wild animals, and that they need to be respected as such.