In this blog from Robin Pope Safaris, we head south to Mkulumadzi in Majete Wildlife Reserve where we hear from country manager Conrad who shares what it’s like at the lodge and it’s surroundings at this time of year, with some fantastic sightings! Conrad, over to you:
In Majete’s dictionary, winter is defined as the 8-week period each year during which you wear your fleece jacket up to 9:00 in the morning, make use of the hot-water tap in the shower and consider a second cup of coffee in the morning. It arrives unannounced and vanishes as quickly as it came, leaving a void for hot nights and sweltering days to fill when even the cold shower taps only produce tepid water.
Wintertime means the sun sets around 17:25. I was out on a game-drive one afternoon, just as I searched my mental map for a good sundowner spot, when we came across a lovely cheetah sighting of a mom and two cubs with a fresh waterbuck kill. They were not far away from the road, in a small clearing and very comfortable with our presence. With no other vehicles in sight (which is often the case in Majete Wildlife Reserve) this was the ideal chance to spend quality time with them as first the male cub and then the female cub finished off the carcass.
Thanks to Mike Varndell of Crafted Africa for capturing this special moment.
Another four-legged highlight recently was the elephant bull hanging around the lodge, much to the dismay of our housekeepers who need to tread lightly when doing turndowns at night (and let’s not forget to groundmen who needs to clean up the pathways after the old bull had used them as a loo). It’s been wonderful having the old guy around who, much like winter, vanished as quietly as he arrived… ‘elephantom’.
That is all from all of us here at Mkulumadzi. If you’re travelling our way soon, we’re looking forward to having you. Here are a few more photos from Mike Varndell’s visit with us last week to whet your appetite”
Images copyrighted to Mike Varndell (Crafted Africa)
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