Michael Laubscher, Madikwe, South Africa, Wild Eye

Madikwe Never Lets One Down

Michael Laubscher All Authors, Michael 6 Comments

I have recently returned from yet another great week in Madikwe Game Reserve.

I can now say with confidence that this is a reserve that will never let you down. As I have now spent a good amount of time in this reserve, seen all the seasons, seen probably 80% of the area and never have I left disappointed.

Prior to our arrival, Madikwe was blessed with massive rains. Our first two days spent there were extremely hot which then suddenly changed to a mid-winter, somewhat criminal cold conditions accompanied by powerful bone chilling winds. The weather is something one does not control over but sadly the weather conditions will “control” animal movements to some extent.

The reason I say this is because with an extreme change in weather like we experienced, very hot straight into mid-winter (between 6 – 18 degrees Celsius) conditions; animals tend to go into what seems a stunned condition in which they do not move very much & rather find thickets to hide in to try & keep warm.

To spite everything I mentioned above, my guests & I were still blessed with some, at times quite spaced out, phenomenal game viewing as you will get to see below;

Michael Laubscher, Madikwe, South Africa, Wild Eye

Michael Laubscher, Madikwe, South Africa, Wild Eye
Michael Laubscher, Madikwe, South Africa, Wild Eye
Michael Laubscher, Madikwe, South Africa, Wild Eye
Michael Laubscher, Madikwe, South Africa, Wild Eye
Michael Laubscher, Madikwe, South Africa, Wild Eye
Michael Laubscher, Madikwe, South Africa, Wild Eye
Michael Laubscher, Madikwe, South Africa, Wild Eye
Michael Laubscher, Madikwe, South Africa, Wild Eye
Michael Laubscher, Madikwe, South Africa, Wild Eye
Michael Laubscher, Madikwe, South Africa, Wild Eye

Michael Laubscher, Madikwe, South Africa, Wild Eye

Michael Laubscher, Madikwe, South Africa, Wild Eye
Michael Laubscher, Madikwe, South Africa, Wild Eye
Michael Laubscher, Madikwe, South Africa, Wild Eye
Michael Laubscher, Madikwe, South Africa, Wild Eye
Michael Laubscher, Madikwe, South Africa, Wild Eye
Michael Laubscher, Madikwe, South Africa, Wild Eye

Michael Laubscher, Madikwe, South Africa, Wild Eye

Michael Laubscher, Madikwe, South Africa, Wild Eye
Michael Laubscher, Madikwe, South Africa, Wild Eye

Michael Laubscher, Madikwe, South Africa, Wild Eye

Michael Laubscher, Madikwe, South Africa, Wild Eye
Michael Laubscher, Madikwe, South Africa, Wild Eye
Michael Laubscher, Madikwe, South Africa, Wild Eye
Michael Laubscher, Madikwe, South Africa, Wild Eye
Michael Laubscher, Madikwe, South Africa, Wild Eye
Michael Laubscher, Madikwe, South Africa, Wild Eye

Even if I have to say so myself, we were extremely blessed but we sure did play our part by putting in the time & for this I must thank Grant Marcus for the many hours he spent with us all in the field. Thank you!

One thing that makes this particular safari so ideal for any photographer, may you be a first time safari goer or experienced safari goer, is the exclusivity of the lodge. Not only does the exclusivity provide a welcoming, warming & homely feeling but it allows us as photographers the freedom me need either in the camp or out in the field. Grant is always up for spending many hours in the field to ensure that all guests manage to bank some great images & as a first time safari goer this is will be a perfect way for you to get used to camera in hand & as a experienced safari goer this lends the opportunity to wait for those unique/special moments before firing the shutter.

I have mentioned that we spend many hours out on safari but in saying that, we do not spend all day out in the field everyday. Some times game viewing is a bit dull & so we make our way back to the lodge. Once back, the photography does not end as you will also have the opportunity to photograph the wildlife that continuously make their way in to drink at the water hole in-front of the lodge.

Michael Laubscher, Madikwe, South Africa, Wild Eye

Truly an absolute gem of a safari experience & I would also like to thank the group who shared this special week with me. Thank you all for making the week a fun one! I will not forget the special moments, the many laughs & memories made so thank you all!

Michael Laubscher, Madikwe, South Africa, Wild Eye

I am already looking forward to my next visit to Madikwe Game Reserve & hope to see & host YOU one day very soon.

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Until then;

Happy Snapping!

Michael

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Michael Laubscher

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Haunted by the allure of spectacular wildlife and African sunsets. I am a hunter-gatherer of natural light and candid moments, an appetite whet with a taste of the unknown and the smell of home; “This Is Africa”! I look forward to sharing life long experiences with you and helping you capture them. Please feel free to go check out my Instagram account

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  1. Dhruti Mistry

    Magnificent clicks Michael! We are super duper excited for our Madikwe trip next year with Wildeye! Looking forward to meeting you guys and yeah, eager to use #ThisIsWhyWildeye very soon 😊!

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      Michael Laubscher

      Thank you so much for the kind words & taking the time to read the blog. Brilliant!! #ThisWillComeSoonerThanYouThink We do too look forward to it!

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  2. Mandeep

    Lovely clicks, Mike! Just wondering if this time around the Wild Dogs did not show up during your safari…? Is the pack in some other part of the reserve?

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      Michael Laubscher

      Thank you so much Mandeep!We saw no dogs during the week because they were spending their time in an area we are no allowed to drive into

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