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Elephant herd takes a bath

Elephant herd takes a bath

While out on safari we often enjoy having sundowners at a particular spot at one of the biggest dams in our concession, which we call the peninsula. On this particular visit at the peninsula, we were entertained by an excited herd of elephants enjoying the water. Due...

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Cheeky lions decided to get their 15 minutes of fame

Cheeky lions decided to get their 15 minutes of fame

We arrived at the waterhole in the morning and there was the Avoca pride relaxing at the waters edge. We spent some time watching them before we decided to put a GoPro up to see what would happen. We did not expect the lions to snatch the GoPro within minutes of...

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The soaring heat claims a life in the Timbavati

The soaring heat claims a life in the Timbavati

With the soaring heat and lack of rain the Timbavati landscape has transformed to that of a semi dry oasis. The depleting water resources of dams has caused many animals to go far and wide in search of water and better grazing grounds. One such animal that is in need...

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Makanyi’s signature drink

Makanyi’s signature drink

The “Aperol Spritz” has become a popular ritual! It is undoubtedly the most widespread and commonly drunk aperitif in Italy, a traditional ice-breaker and symbol of a lively atmosphere. In honour of her Italian roots, Jessica decided to make it Makanyi’s signature...

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Leopard cub makes his first appearance

Leopard cub makes his first appearance

With the guests seated and cameras packed it was time for us to head out and explore the winter landscape of the Timbavati. The guests had not been on a safari before so we went in search of Africa’s big 5 and everything in between. The previous day a pride of 3 male...

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LIONS OF THE TIMBAVATI

LIONS OF THE TIMBAVATI

When guests head to the Timbavati they expect to see Africa’s big 5 and that’s what we at Makanyi try to deliver and more. Heading out into the African landscape we cannot predict what sightings we will see, however on this particular day the lions of the Timbavati...

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Elephant charges vehicle

Elephant charges vehicle

While out in the bush we use all our senses to help track animals. While scanning the area for any movement we could hear some trumpeting ahead which indicated that elephants were close by. As we turned the corner we were greeted by a herd of elephants which had...

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Cheetahs devour warthog

Cheetahs devour warthog

A new day arrives bringing with it great excitement as we headed off to see what happened during the night in the African bush.  An hour into the drive and nothing really to show! Where had all the animals disappeared to? We tried the waterholes with no luck. We...

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Makanyi Private Game Lodge
Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
P.O. Box 883 – Hoedspruit 1380
South Africa

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