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The Seasons of Makumu: Best Times to Visit for Different Experiences

Posted on Fri May 24, 2024 in Ranger Diaries.

Nestled within the enchanting wilderness of the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve lies Makumu Private Game Lodge, a haven for safari enthusiasts seeking unparalleled wildlife encounters. Each season paints a unique canvas of experiences, making every visit to Makumu a journey filled with wonder and adventure. Join us as we unveil the secrets of the seasons and guide you to the best times for different safari experiences at this remarkable destination.


As winter bids farewell and the land awakens from its slumber, spring showers the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve with a burst of life and colour. From September to November, the bushveld transforms into a vibrant tapestry, teeming with new beginnings. Witness the spectacle of newborn animals taking their first steps amidst a backdrop of blooming flora. Ideal for birdwatchers, this season sees the return of migratory birds, adding their songs to the symphony of nature. Embark on exhilarating game drives during the mild mornings and evenings to witness the abundance of life that springs forth during this magical time.


As the heat of summer envelops the landscape, Makumu Private Game Lodge becomes a verdant oasis amidst the savannah. From December to February, lush greenery blankets the reserve, creating a haven for wildlife and photographers alike. With occasional afternoon showers refreshing the earth, the bush comes alive with activity. Explore the rich biodiversity of the reserve on thrilling game drives, where sightings of predators and prey are plentiful. Immerse yourself in the beauty of nature and capture stunning photographs, especially in our exclusive photographic bunker against the backdrop of lush foliage and clear blue skies.


As the summer heat gradually wanes, autumn brings a sense of tranquility to the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve. From March to May, the landscape is bathed in golden hues as the foliage begins to transition. Milder temperatures make for comfortable safari outings, with wildlife congregating around watering holes in search of refreshment. Take leisurely game drives to immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of the bushveld. Marvel at breathtaking sunsets painting the sky in shades of orange and gold, casting a serene ambiance over the wilderness.


As temperatures drop and the dry season sets in, winter transforms the landscape into a captivating tableau of contrasts. As winter sets in, embrace the cosy ambiance of Makumu Private Game Lodge, where warm hospitality await. Enjoy a glass of red wine by the boma to beat the cold, or enjoy a game of pool in our main lodge area. From June to August, the dry season unveils the true essence of the African bush, with sparse vegetation making wildlife sightings more frequent. Embark on exhilarating walking safaris led by experienced guides, tracking elusive predators and witnessing the drama of the hunt unfold.

No matter the season, Makumu Private Game Lodge is action packed all year round. Whether you prefer the specific wildlife encounters during the vibrancy of spring, or in the cosy ambiance of winter, there's something magical awaiting you at every turn. Plan your visit accordingly to experience the best that each season has to offer and create memories to last a lifetime in the heart of the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve.