Here in Makanyane Lodge the Big 5 become more spectacular with the addition of wild dogs and cheetah – known as the Super Seven!
Makanyane is the word used by Tswana people for wild dog. Wild dogs are on the endangered list and the Madikwe reserve became home to a translocated pack that has been nurtured to encourage breeding. Elephant and buffalo are likely to be seen in herds here, and if you’re lucky the stealthy cheetah and leopard could also show themselves. Game drives with highly experienced Makanyane Lodge guides are a must in the early morning as well as in the late afternoon, leading into dusk.
Game walks give a different aspect – view the tiniest insects and most brilliant birds. When an experienced guide tells you about their secret lives and habits, it’s as exciting as a Big 5 sighting! October to April are the wetter & warmer months with spectacular African storms leaving steaming earth and glowing foliage. This is a wonderful time for bird watchers and photographers. May to September brings dry and cool weather. This is ideal for game viewing as animals move around in search of water.
Game viewings could include lion, leopard, buffalo & elephant herds, black & white rhino, cheetah, brown and spotted hyena, giraffe, zebra, various antelope and birds, birds and more birds!
From time to time specialised activities take place. When booking enquire about these, such as Birding Safaris, Tree Safaris,and the Junior Ranger course. Most romantic and exciting award for specialised activities goes to a night spent in the raised bush hide.
With luxurious duvet and mattress, sparkling wine and lantern light to set the scene overlooking a waterhole, this is a truly unique experience. (For the slightly nervous, there is a radio connection to the Makanyane Lodge staff!) Intimate weddings and small conferences can be custom designed by the Makanyane Lodge team to suit one's every need.