The Big 5. An old African hunting term coined by the various hunters over the past century that have come to these shores looking to carry away the trophies of the five most dangerous African mammal species to hunt. Modern day has allowed us to use this phrase in a slightly different manner - that of course being the most elusive and rewarding game to view in their natural habitat. Makumu is home to ‘The Big 5’ species and we have had wonderful viewing of these magnificent creatures over the years, it is however, vitally important to remember that any sighting of any big game animal is a privilege and never a right, this is the ethos of safaris at Makumu and will never guarantee these sightings, we will work tirelessly to find these opportunities for our guests, but obviously due to the nature of the beast, this does not always bear fruition. As we always say “always possible, never promised”.
There is an unmistakable presence that can be felt at Makumu, our hope is that you embrace the spirit of Makumu.
It’s easy to see some or all of the big five in some sort of captivity. But to view some or all of them in their natural habitat, undisturbed or forced. That is something to remember.
“Teamwork’, perhaps one of the most overused clichéd terms of our modern world, whether used in corporate or other business context, there is one leader in the African bush that can truly surpass our expectations of working together for a common goal - the king – the African lion. This mighty fearless predator has it all, strength, speed, size and controlled aggression, making it the apex predator at the very top of the African food chain. Everything this super predator does is geared towards survival, and by association, continuation of the species.
Buffalo can live in herds of a few hundred, the females and their offspring make up the bulk of the herd. Males may spend much of their time in bachelor groups. These groups are of two types, those that contain males from 4 to 7 years of age and those that have males 12 years and older. The older bulls often prefer to be on their own.
GPS: 24 8'45"S, 31 9'58"E
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The climax of the day, whether enjoyed from the hanging bar upstairs, or while out on Safari, the sunsets at Makumu are truly spectacular.