Week in Pictures: Big Cats, Crocodiles and Babies

Sightings this week in the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve proved to be an interesting mix of big cats, crocodiles and babies. It’s not often we get to capture a crocodile on camera. But here we have this incredible Nile crocodile basking in the sun in all its splendour. Being ectothermic (they rely on the environment’s…

From Lizards to Lions and Everything in Between

The thing about Marakapula Reserve is that it pretty much has it all. On the doorstep of the Kruger National Park with exclusive guided tours or self-drive adventures on the menu; a luxury lodge with private riverfront views and creature comforts you can’t live without; and its own Big 5 property that is home to all sorts of wonderful members of the wild!…

In Photos: A Virtual Tour Of Marakapula’s Makubu Lodge

From the high, thatched ceilings, to the wide open glass doors and windows, and vibrantly coloured décor, Makubu Lodge invites the outside beauty right indoors. With the wooden and stone integration, fireplaces, riverside balconies, and poolside loungers, once can’t ignore the sense of luxury of this Kruger-based lodge. Located only 20 mins from the National…

Week in Pictures: One little lion cub and scenes of safari

It’s back to the bush we go with this week’s edition of the Week in Pictures! Transported back to the nooks and crannies of Kruger and Botswana that we love so much, this collection of photographs reflects the beauty of the wild and leaves you longing for a safari! Some sad news on the Klaserie…

Birding, fishing, and walking safaris at Marakapula

Marakapula is no ordinary game reserve. It is land that is owned by the local Mashishimale Community, and has been converted from overfarmed cattle grounds into 20 000 hectares of pristine, Big 5 territory. It’s location near the Kruger Park, the Blyde River Canyon, the Panorama Route, and the Olifants River means that guests here…

Marakapula to Kruger

You know you’re winning when you’re on safari in a Big 5 private reserve of almost 20 000 hectares, but when you’ve got the option to expand your horizons and also visit one of the most prestigious game parks in Africa, you know you’ve hit the jackpot. Only a 20 minute drive from one wildlife…

Week in Pictures: All the cats, the dogs, and rhinos in perfect light

Word from the camps this week comes packed with enviable tales of life in the bush. Kevin MacLaughlin has more from home-base at Africa on Foot: A spotted bush snake was found at Africa on Foot just behind one of the guest’s rooms. It spends most of its time in trees in search of lizards and tree frogs,…

Marakapula’s Makubu Lodge Masterpiece

  In the peace and quiet of the Marakapula Reserve, Makubu Lodge finds its home where the wild fig trees offer shade to the ground-dwelling animals, and the surging Selati River feeds the thirst of the elephants and the antelope. Warmly painted red, with thatched roofs covering high ceilings, and  authentically African artefacts adorning the…

The Magic of Marakapula

  Just a short drive in a straight line from the Phalaborwa gate of the Kruger National Park lies the Marakapula Reserve. A Big 5 community-owned game reserve characterised by giant boulder hills, wild fig trees, and the Selati River, which courses through the property in its great, surging mass. On my first game drive…