Trip Report: Madikwe Photo Safari

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It was my first trip not only to the magical Nkurru Private Game Lodge, but also to the Madikwe Game Reserve, and I fell in love with the place almost immediately. A piece of paradise!

Grant & Monique, the resident management couple, and the rest of the staff at the lodge did a wonderful job in hosting us, and as always, Grant went the extra mile out in the field to ensure that we were always exposed to the best opportunities, and always placed in the best possible positions to capture a series of unique moments.

Exclusive Use of the Lodge

For the duration of the week at Nkurru, Wild Eye has full exclusive use of the lodge. What this ultimately means, is that everything is geared specifically towards our guests, and the Wild Eye experience. Guests keep their gear in the main lounge, and charge camera batteries, phones and laptops at the central charging station in the main area, without having to carry all the gear back and forth from their rooms every night.

In addition to the convenience factor, exclusive use meant that we were able to come and go as we pleased, without being bound by certain meal times as you might be at other lodges. If we were in a sighting that had potential, there was no need to rush back to the lodge for breakfast, and the lodge was very accommodating in terms of tailoring the meal times based on our time spent out in the bush.

The Experience

The overall experience is truly fantastic. Our guests were exposed to a multitude of different photographic opportunities.

Apart from a number of stand-out sightings, guests were exposed to various landscape opportunities, sunrise and sunset opportunities, slow shutter speed techniques, night time and spot light techniques, wide angle and macro photography etc, and everyone has walked away with some really impressive photographs.

The constant rain and wet conditions meant that we were fairly limited in terms of the areas we could drive for the first few days, but it didn’t seem to impact on the experience at all. The roads soon dried up, and we were able to explore more of what the amazing reserve had to offer, which only made the experience that much more enjoyable.

Sightings

A male leopard on a hoisted impala kill, a coalition of cheetah brothers, a lion pride at night, large herds of buffalo and impressive elephant herds were a few of a series of sensational sightings. I was pleasantly surprised to have been exposed not only to the quality of sightings that we were, but the frequency thereof.

The Food

Exquisite! Hearty, healthy home cooked meals. The chef is incredibly passionate about preparing simple, yet delicious cuisine. The food was a stand-out for our guests, and a welcomed surprise after long hours spent out in the field.

Safari Structure

The daily  structure was very fluid, and we took it day-by-day. But generally the structure was an extended morning game drive, return to the lodge for breakfast, assisted Lightroom editing, afternoon game drive, dinner and bed. A full day of activities.

Image Gallery

Hopefully the images speak for themselves in providing an idea of what the Madikwe Photo Safari experience is like.

Alistair - Wild Eye - Madikwe Gallery
Alistair - Wild Eye - Madikwe Gallery
Alistair - Wild Eye - Madikwe Gallery
Alistair - Wild Eye - Madikwe Gallery
Alistair - Wild Eye - Madikwe Gallery
Alistair - Wild Eye - Madikwe Gallery
Alistair - Wild Eye - Madikwe Gallery
Alistair - Wild Eye - Madikwe Gallery
Alistair - Wild Eye - Madikwe Gallery
Alistair - Wild Eye - Madikwe Gallery
Alistair - Wild Eye - Madikwe Gallery
Alistair - Wild Eye - Madikwe Gallery
Alistair - Wild Eye - Madikwe Gallery
Alistair - Wild Eye - Madikwe Gallery
Alistair - Wild Eye - Madikwe Gallery
Alistair - Wild Eye - Madikwe Gallery
Alistair - Wild Eye - Madikwe Gallery
Alistair - Wild Eye - Madikwe Gallery
Alistair - Wild Eye - Madikwe Gallery
Alistair - Wild Eye - Madikwe Gallery
Alistair - Wild Eye - Madikwe Gallery
Alistair - Wild Eye - Madikwe Gallery
Alistair - Wild Eye - Madikwe Gallery
Alistair - Wild Eye - Madikwe Gallery
Alistair - Wild Eye - Madikwe Gallery
Alistair - Wild Eye - Madikwe Gallery

Alistair - Wild Eye - Madikwe Gallery
Alistair - Wild Eye - Madikwe Gallery

Alistair - Wild Eye - Madikwe Gallery

 

Alistair - Wild Eye - Madikwe Gallery
Alistair - Wild Eye - Madikwe Gallery

 

Trip Report – Live from the Field

Whilst out in the field, and with the help of guest Grant Scott, we decided to record a “Live in the Field” trip report to supplement the gallery of images.

 

In summary, it was an amazing week full of exceptional experiences and I cannot wait to return to Madikwe again soon!

Alistair - Wild Eye - Madikwe Gallery

 

Until next time, thanks for following!

Alistair

About the Author

Alistair Smith

I left a corporate career in pursuit of a burning passion for the great outdoors and all things wilderness. Following a relatively short professional guiding career, I arrived at the realisation that my true passion was for adventure and wildlife photography. It is in this pursuit of adventure, that I would like to continue to share my passion for photography with others. I look forward to changing the way you see the world!

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