More Madikwe Magic

by Naomi on June 16, 2010

in Wildlife

Our recent return to &Beyond‘s Madikwe Safari Lodge in the Madikwe Game Reserve was a total treat. It’s impossible to convey the full extent of the magic with only a few photo’s, so for many more highlights, have a look at my Facebook album: Madikwe – June 2010

To kick off with, here’s a pic taken in the early morning at one of the dams.

DAYBREAK OVER A DAM - Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa

This is where we watched an attempted lion kill in October last year, when Dave and I documented Hills of Africa Travel’s Soul Safari 2009. What an awesome trip too! It was wonderful to see these lionesses again, with their cubs growing up gorgeously:

LIONS IN THE ROAD - Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa

Dave and our friend Marc Lindsay-Rae, Madikwe Safari Lodge’s exceptional head ranger, share a passion for wildlife photography. I captured them in action, doing what they love:

DAVE & MARC IN THE ZONE - Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa

The mother of a lens is Dave’s pride and joy, Nikon’s 600mm F4 masterpiece. Weighing in at around 6kg’s, it’s far too heavy for me to hand-hold, but these pics show how well he does it:

PALE CHANTING GOSHAWK TAKING OFF - Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa

LILAC-BREASTED ROLLER IN FLIGHT - Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa

This is another view through Dave’s lens, of Rob Harrison-White, acclaimed wildlife film-maker who produced and directed Mountain Rivals. He gave us a copy, which is absolutely breath-taking! Rob is hard at work here recording jackals. Beats the hell out of an office job, doesn’t it? For info about his extensive research, view Carte Blanche‘s 2009 article: Justifying the Jackal

SPRINGBUCK RUTTING WHILE WORK GOES ON - Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa

At the end of each day, we were spoilt with sundowners in the wild, followed by a welcoming fire in our stunning suite!

PREPARING FOR SUNDOWNERS - Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa

LUXURY SUITE - Madikwe Safari Lodge, South Africa

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

mich June 16, 2010 at 3:47 pm

beautiful noams!!! thanks for sharing!


Naomi June 17, 2010 at 8:30 pm

Thank you, Shell! Hope life is treating you all wonderfully there. Miss you in SA, xx


susan June 17, 2010 at 12:35 am

what memories those photos bring up. i never had such a good time in all my life. i think of you often and wish you all the blessings in the world.

love ya.



Naomi June 17, 2010 at 8:28 pm

Thanks so much, Susan! We think of you too & cherish those safari memories we share 🙂

Lots of love,



nrhatch September 6, 2011 at 9:31 pm

Beautiful shots!


Naomi September 7, 2011 at 11:13 am

Thank you!


JamieDedes September 7, 2011 at 4:53 pm

Oh! I’m in heaven, especially with that first pic.


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