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Rhulani Safari Lodge – Our Experience

We recently published a review of Rhulani Safari Lodge in Madikwe. This follow up post is to share our experiences while on this trip. Reviewing a lodge, based on a trip like this, is too factual and doesn’t give the opportunity to convey the adventure we did, or didn’t, have. …

Rhulani sunset

Rhulani Safari Lodge – Review

Why Rhulani Safari Lodge? It has been a very long time since we have visited Madikwe and this is by far one of our favourite locations to visit, so a return visit was long overdue. Previously we have stayed on the eastern side of the reserve at Thakadu River Camp …

Plains Zebra

Dazzled by a Dazzle – Zebra

Did you know a group of zebras is called a dazzle? Rightly so too, and here’s why; Most predators only see in black and white, or similar, so can you imagine when on the hunt for zebra and as you give chase, the group (or dazzle) of zebra start running. …

Dung Beetle

Of Dung and Beetles – Terrible Tourists

Have you been to a self drive reserve and noticed how much dung there seems to be on or near the roads? Have you also noticed the tyre tracks that very often seem to flatten the dung? I recall many years back speaking to a a family in the Kruger …

Cecil: Are we angry about the right thing?

I have sat quietly watching the discussion about the killing of Cecil the lion and taking in arguments from both sides. It’s now about time I added my own two cents. Let me start by saying I do not like hunting. I have never, and will never, take the life …

Madikwe Cheetah

8 Interesting Facts About Cheetahs

Cheetahs are graceful predators of the African bushveld and we’ve had the pleasure of having a good few sightings of the majestic animals. Here are some interesting facts about cheetahs that maybe you didn’t know: Cheetahs are one of the few species of cat that have only partially retractable claws. …

Injured Leopard

The One Eyed Leopard

We set out on our first drive, on the first morning, of our first visit to Mapungubwe National Park in early 2014. We didn’t know what to expect but we were eager and elated to be back in the bush. The vegetation was quite dense and after an initial stop …

Marakele National Park - View

7 Things to do at Marakele

Marakele National Park Marakele National Park is a Big 5 reserve just outside Thabazimbi, a mere three hours drive from OR Tambo International Airport. We have been travelling to Marakele for a good few years now and it is still one of our favourite destinations. Below is a list of …

Madikwe Lion

Madikwe River Lodge – Game Drives

Game drives in Madikwe are an experience not to be missed. If you have the opportunity, take it! I promise you wont regret it. We had a total of six drives during our three night stay and in the post I’m going to go through them on a daily basis …