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Posted on Tue September 6, 2022 in Newsletter.
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ROVE SA Volume 4 Issue 3

Posted on Fri August 26, 2022 in Press and Awards.
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Travel Ideas Issue 80

Posted on Fri August 26, 2022 in Press and Awards.
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August 2022 Wildlife Report

Posted on Tue August 23, 2022 in Ranger Diaries.

The mornings are chilly, AD and I have been wearing 2 shorts and gloves for the morning drives, it does however warm up very nicely within the first hour. We still advise our guests to wear a nice warm jacket in the mornings and to tuck the hot water bottles right under the jacket, almost cuddling with it.

The days are pleasant though with temperatures still reaching mid to high 20‘C which is a beautiful summer day in most European countries, some guests are even starting to spend their days around the pool and in the pool. The night sky is breathtaking as always, sitting around the boma fire in the evenings is an absolute joy, chatting away, listening to the evening sounds and appreciating the still quiet beauty nature has to offer while enjoying a drink. Game drives have been great and the bush has thinned out a lot.

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Escape to the Wild!

Posted on Thu July 21, 2022 in Newsletter.
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July 2022 Wildlife Report

Posted on Mon July 18, 2022 in Ranger Diaries.

Welcome back to a chilly, yet exciting update on our adventures here in the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve. I will be covering all the thrilling sightings that happened during July 2022.

We are right in the middle of winter; the mornings are crispy cold. The sunrise and sunsets are beyond spectacular with their orange rays over the winter bushveld. Most trees have dropped their leaves, and the grass has thinned out, even though there is still plenty of food and water around. The days are pleasant as we still average temperatures in the low to mid 20ᵒC.

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June 2022 Wildlife Report

Posted on Tue June 28, 2022 in Ranger Diaries.

I will be covering all the wonderful sightings that happened during June 2022, and what a lucky month we have had.

The mornings are very crisp with the late rainfall we had in May, with lots of dew when we start our game drives, yet AD and I are still wearing shorts :-) We did however layer up and do advise the guests to be prepared when going out on game drives. The days are pleasant with temperatures still reaching mid 20‘C which is a beautiful summer day in most European countries. The night sky is breathtaking, the Milky way so bright it almost looks like a white cloud above us with the crackling wood fire warming our feet and hands as we sit around the boma fire enjoying a glass of wine.

Game drives have been great and the bush has thinned out a lot with lots of prominent animal pathways all leading to different water sources. We have started with bushwalks again.

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Recreating the Magic

Posted on Mon May 30, 2022 in Newsletter.
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May 2022 Wildlife Report

Posted on Wed May 25, 2022 in Ranger Diaries.

Welcome back to yet another exciting update on our adventures here in the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve. I will be covering all the thrilling sightings that happened during May.

We are heading into winter. The mornings are chilly, which means it is that time of year where we get out the hot water bottles, blankets, gloves and a nice warm tea, coffee, or hot chocolate. The bush luscious green is slowly fading to a rustier brown and yellow winter colours. The days are pleasant as we still have average temperatures in the low to mid 20ᵒC.

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Makumu Wins at the International Tourism Film Festival Africa 2022

Posted on Fri May 13, 2022 in Press and Awards.

Makumu Private Game Lodge won an award for the second year in a row at the International Tourism Film Festival Africa.

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Calling All Mums!

Posted on Fri April 29, 2022 in Newsletter.
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April 2022 Wildlife Report

Posted on Mon April 25, 2022 in Ranger Diaries.

I will be covering all the wonderful sightings that happened during April 2022.

The mornings are cooling down, it is crisp, with beautiful dew drops on the grass and spider webs. The days are pleasant and the evenings just perfect with the breath-taking sky as we sit around the bush TV (Fire) chatting away, listening to the Hyena calling in the distance.

Game drives have exceeded expectations and the bush has thinned out quite a lot with lots of prominent animal pathways starting to form. We had some late rain, which pushed a few greens through all the browns, it is truly beautiful.

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Autumn is here & Easter is near!

Posted on Thu March 31, 2022 in Newsletter.
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March 2022 Wildlife Report

Posted on Fri March 25, 2022 in Ranger Diaries.

The cold temperatures are slowly moving in. Which calls for late night gatherings around the fire with a blanket and hot chocolate. Welcome to another update from the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve and Makumu Private Game Lodge, your home away from home. I will be covering some of the exciting things that we encountered over the last month.

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A Woman's Journey

Posted on Thu March 3, 2022 in Newsletter.
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February 2022 Wildlife Report

Posted on Thu February 24, 2022 in Ranger Diaries.

I will be covering all the wonderful sightings that happened during February 2022.

It is the end of our summer period; we are moving into autumn. Temperatures are still high and days still warm, this one of the advantages to our location. The bush is still lush and leaves still green, even though you can see that the grass is slowly starting to fade. Soon our migratory birds will start moving and day by day their numbers will go down to none, to “see you next year.”

Game Drives have exceeded expectations with the thick bush right throughout the traverse. Once again patience and persistence were key and paid of with really good sightings.

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We're Back - January 2022

Posted on Fri January 28, 2022 in Newsletter.
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January 2022 Wildlife Report

Posted on Tue January 25, 2022 in Ranger Diaries.

Summer is still in full force with hot temperature, regular rainstorms, luscious greenery, and flowing rivers. Welcome to another update from the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve and Makumu Private Game Lodge, your home away from home. I will be covering some of the exciting things that we encountered over the last month.

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Eyes over Africa

Posted on Mon January 24, 2022 in Press and Awards.
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Klaserie Private Nature Reserve Social Media

Posted on Mon January 17, 2022 in Press and Awards.

Makumu Private Game Lodge - Special hyena cubs sighting!

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Premier Magazine #136

Posted on Wed January 5, 2022 in Press and Awards.
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December 2021 Wildlife Report

Posted on Mon January 3, 2022 in Ranger Diaries.

The bushveld is blooming with beautiful flowers, vegetation, full water dams and loads of wildlife babies. Welcome to another update from the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve and Makumu Private Game Lodge, your home away from home. I will be covering some of the exciting things that we encountered over the last month.

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November 2021 Wildlife Report

Posted on Mon November 29, 2021 in Ranger Diaries.

I will be covering all the wonderful sightings that happened during November 2021.

It is summer, we had a few thunderstorms already and the bush is starting to change, beautiful fresh green leaves all over, short green grass is starting to show and so many flowers. Truly a beautiful time of the year with the sights and sounds of our migrant birds that has returned and also our very interesting little dung beetles, that you can sit and watch for hours.

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October 2021 Wildlife Report

Posted on Wed October 20, 2021 in Ranger Diaries.

“I bless the rains down in Africa”’ - Toto. Summer is here and we can’t be more excited for what’s to come. Beautiful, green, lush’s bushveld and African rainstorms. Welcome to another update from the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve and Makumu Private Game Lodge, your home away from home. I will be covering some of the exciting things that we encountered over the last 2 months.

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South African Tourism Newsletter

Posted on Wed October 13, 2021 in Press and Awards.

Südafrika ist seit 19. September 2021 kein Risikogebiet mehr und auch vor Ort kehrt immer mehr Normalität ein, sodaß Reisen durch das Land wieder nahezu ohne Einschränkungen möglich sind. Es steht einer erfolgreichen Wintersaison praktisch nichts mehr im Wege.

Im folgenden Newsletter informieren wir Sie über die neu angepassten COVID-19 Bestimmungen in Südafrika im Level 1 der Risk Adjusted Strategy und unsere Local Partner Serie geht weiter.

Ausserdem gehen wir mit unserer Web-Seminarreihe in die zweite Runde und beleuchten alles zum Thema Safari und Wildtierbeobachtungen.

Viel Spaß beim Lesen
Ihr South African Tourism Team

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September 2021 Wildlife Report

Posted on Fri September 17, 2021 in Ranger Diaries.

Welcome back to another exciting update on our adventures here in the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve. I will be covering all the thrilling sightings that happened during September 2021.

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Home, Food & Travel

Posted on Wed September 1, 2021 in Press and Awards.

Exclusive African safaris at Makumu Private Game Lodge in Hoedspruit.

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TFG Media Article

Posted on Wed September 1, 2021 in Press and Awards.
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August 2021 Wildlife Report

Posted on Wed August 25, 2021 in Ranger Diaries.

Welcome back to another exciting update on our adventures here in the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve. I will be covering all the exciting things that happened over August…

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Getaway Magazine

Posted on Wed August 25, 2021 in Press and Awards.

Makumu Private Game Lodge has been featured on Getaway Magazine, giving you and in depth look inside iThumbela – one of the first subterranean photo bunkers in the Greater Kruger!

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July 2021 Wildlife Report

Posted on Mon July 26, 2021 in Ranger Diaries.

Welcome back to a chilly, yet exciting update on our adventures here in the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve. I will be covering all the thrilling sightings that happened during July 2021.

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May/June 2021 Wildlife Report

Posted on Wed July 14, 2021 in Ranger Diaries.

Winter is slowly approaching, which means early morning coffees, hot water bottles and late night fires around the dinner table. Welcome to another update from the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve and Makumu Private Game Lodge, your home away from home. I will be covering some of the exciting things that we encountered over the last 2 months.

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International Tourism Film Festival - Africa

Posted on Thu July 8, 2021 in Press and Awards.

Makumu Private Game Lodge is beyond proud to have received TWO Gold Awards at this year's International Tourism Film Festival Africa that was held in Cape Town on the 28th of May 2021. The competition was strong with 865 entries from 97 countries.

Their video on iThumbela, an underground photographic bunker, came first in the category Tourism Services, in both the Africa and International divisions!!

A special thank you to Joggie Botha from Travel Brand who, together with Makumu’s owner Stefan Breuer 's footage, created this award-winning tourism video.

The aim of the festival is to reward excellence in digital marketing campaigns that focus specifically on tourism-related products and services.

'iThumbela' as the bunker has been named, which loosely translated from the Xitsonga language means ‘place to hide', is sunken below ground and overlooks a watering hole, offering guests the opportunity to photograph wildlife coming to the water to cool down or drink, at ground level. A great addition to the Makumu safari scene, this experience will particularly appeal to expert photographers looking for a completely unique angle from which to photograph game, birdlife and animal behaviour.

Elephant, giraffe, zebra, lion, hyena, leopard, a variety of bird species and many other game regularly frequent the dam. Serious photographers also have the option of booking a private photographic safari where they have exclusive access to the bunker, a private guide and safari vehicle for a day, or for the duration of their stay.

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Going for Gold - June 2021

Posted on Wed June 30, 2021 in Newsletter.
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March/April 2021 Wildlife Report

Posted on Tue May 4, 2021 in Ranger Diaries.

After a very wet and green summer, autumn has finally arrived, March is still way greener than last year, but there are small changes, like the cooler nights and the crisp cool mornings out on our morning drives, welcome to another update from the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve and Makumu Private Game Lodge, your home away from home. I will be covering some of the exciting things that we encountered over the last 2 months.

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Get Involved - March 2021

Posted on Wed March 31, 2021 in Newsletter.
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Important Updates - February 2021

Posted on Thu February 25, 2021 in Newsletter.
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Tourism Update: Monday Smile

Posted on Mon February 8, 2021 in Press and Awards.
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'Tis the season - December 2020

Posted on Thu December 31, 2020 in Newsletter.
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Looking to the Future - November 2020

Posted on Thu November 26, 2020 in Newsletter.
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We are open! - October 2020

Posted on Thu October 29, 2020 in Newsletter.
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We Are Reopening! - September 2020

Posted on Wed September 30, 2020 in Newsletter.
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Make Yourself At Home - August 2020

Posted on Thu August 27, 2020 in Newsletter.
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Staying Positive - July 2020

Posted on Thu July 30, 2020 in Newsletter.
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Seven - Makumu Raffle

Posted on Fri June 19, 2020 in Press and Awards.
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Winter is Coming - May 2020

Posted on Mon June 1, 2020 in Newsletter.
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Makumu News - March 2020

Posted on Thu April 23, 2020 in Newsletter.
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Makumu Private Game Lodge extends its safari offering by introducing a subterranean photographic hide, the first of its kind in the Greater Kruger region

Posted on Thu April 9, 2020 in Press and Awards.

With Makumu aptly meaning ‘endless view’ in the Xitsonga language, owner Stefan Breuer has always had a passion for photography, inspired by the magnificent landscapes of the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve which he visited in his childhood, and which has been his African home for the past 20 years.

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Booking.com Guest Review Award 2020

Posted on Fri January 17, 2020.
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Happy Holidays! - December 2019

Posted on Wed December 18, 2019 in Newsletter.
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Tourism Update: Millennial Travel

Posted on Wed December 4, 2019.
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October/November 2019 Wildlife Report

Posted on Wed November 27, 2019 in Ranger Diaries.

Welcome back to another exciting update on our adventures here in the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve. I will be covering all the exciting things that happened over October- November.

We are at the start of summer, and already have we reached temperatures in the low 40’s (degrees Celsius). Apart from the heat this, must be one of my favourite times of year (as spring moves into summer) with that first bit of rain and all the green starting to pop up all over, giving some colour to the still-existing winter browns and yellows.

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GaultMillau

Posted on Mon October 14, 2019 in Press and Awards.
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Winter at Makumu - June 2018

Posted on Mon October 7, 2019 in Newsletter.
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