Trevor McCall-Peat - Trip Report - Wild Eye

Trip Report: Madikwe Photo Safari 06 July 2018 – 12 July 2018

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I am back in the office for a week in between safaris and thought I would share my experience last week at Nkurru Lodge in Madikwe before heading off to the Mara this Friday.

I had been to Madikwe once before, so had an idea of what the area was like and what to expect out the safari. Having said that, you can never really know what you are going to see or what your experience is going to be like.

On arrival at Nkurru, I was immediately impressed with the lodge and the warm greeting by Grant, Monique and the rest of the incredible staff of Nkurru.

The lodge is situated in the heart of the Reserve and over looks a VERY productive waterhole. The rooms are spacious and more than what you need when on safari.

During our time at the lodge, Monique was our chef and all I can say is…WOW. The food was simply incredible. She went out of her way at each meal to ensure that we were all satisfied with the meal and no two meals were the same. Although all the food was incredible, I have to make a special mention of the Pizza… I had heard so much about the pizza and being a big pizza lover myself, I was absolutely DELICIOUS.

The beauty of our safaris to Nkurru in Madikwe is having exclusive use of the lodge, this means that there is no other guests in camp. This creates a very relaxed and homely feel around camp. This feeling is very clear from the moment you step foot into the lodge.

I could go on and on about the lodge, what a special place it is and the kind of experience that Monique, Grant and their team provides, but I am sure you get where I am going with this. In my opinion, if you love the bush, a relaxed environment and would like to share this for a week with like minded people, then best you join us on an unforgettable week at Nkurru. Trust me you won’t regret it!

Obviously, there are pros and cons to the different seasons when going on safari, I must admit that I really enjoyed being at Madikwe now in July as the bush is very dry. This means that the animals concentrate around the water points and no matter the time of day, sitting at a waterhole there is a constant flow of animals two and from the water points.

Each day and night, were were spoilt with a selection of wildlife that came to the camp waterhole to have a drink. Herds of elephants, brown hyena, buffalo, white & black rhino and a variety of general game came down constantly to all have their share of water.

We were also very lucky with some incredible photographic opportunities whilst out in the field. Before we get into the sightings, I really enjoyed spending time out in the field with the Scott family and Karina Robin. On our first afternoon we discussed our plans and expectations for the coming week and we were all on the same page. Each and every one of us was there for most for the experience, being out in the bush and immersing ourselves with nature. Which always sets things up for a great safari. Being able to get a photograph is a bonus. I always find that when an individual goes into a safari with this mindset, one is often blessed with more that expect.

Our sightings included: countless lion sightings(cubs, kills and incredible light), elephants daily, rhinos(black & White), Buffalo, two cheetah brothers, Brown & Spotted hyena and plenty of general game.

Below is just a few of the highlights from an incredible week spent in Madikwe with a great bunch of individuals…

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Trevor McCall-Peat - Trip Report - Wild Eye

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Until next time,

Trevor

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Trevor McCall-Peat

Having Grown up in White River which then was a small town in the Lowveld, I have had an inner burning desire to pursue my passion and love for wildlife. From a young age I was guided by my family who shares the same passion for the natural world as I do. Frequently visiting wilderness areas from a young age instilled a deep craving to explore and learn more about the bush. Once I left school I began my journey to becoming a guide and following my dream. I have been a field guide for the past 9 years, starting out in the Western Cape and then returning to the lowveld where I spent my last 4 years spend at Londolozi Game Reserve where I gained invaluable experience and had the opportunity to learn about myself as an individual. Through my love for wildlife it has kick started my passion for photography and has allowed me to grow and pursue it as a career. Combining an array of different elements such as safaris, photography, being one with nature and sharing experiences with others is something I have really enjoyed doing and looking forward to continuing it on this new and exciting chapter.

 

 

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  1. Alice Ross

    WELL WRITTEN TREV!! Thoroughly enjoyed the blog and brilliant photos!! From not being terribly excited about Madikwe (the REAL bushveld Kruger National Park and greater Kruger on my doorstep) after this blog my mind is definitely changed and hopefully I have the chance to experience it myself.

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      Trevor McCall-Peat

      Hi There,

      Thank you so much for the kind words, I really appreciate it. I had only been to Madikwe once before and must say that I was blown away. Such a diverse and productive Reserve.

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