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Finishing touches to the pool


Makutsi Tented Camp
Makutsi pool upgrade
Hippos in our pool
Keeping busy...
Game capture
Buffalo released
New staff uniform
Wildlife images

It has been a bit of a wait since our last e-Drums newsletter! Of course this also means that quite a bit has happened, so please get comfy, relax, and enjoy our updates from Makutsi.


Makutsi Tented Camp

Although many of you probably know about Makutsi Tented Camp, we thought it would be a good idea to remind you of this exciting option. For return clients who enjoy a bit of walking, this is simply a must for you next visit.

Also important to remember, when we say "tents" we don't mean little tents which you have to crawl into :) The tents you will stay in are totally safe, built on a wooden platform with a thatch roof over the tent to protect from sun and rain. All tents have electricity, en suite bathrooms with hot and cold water and a flush toilet. So this is not camping, this is adventurous and romantic Africa!

Makutsi Tented Camp can only be booked as part of a Makutsi Package, or as an add-on excursion from Makutsi Main Camp. When you leave for your 2 night sleep-out at Tented Camp, you keep your bungalow at Main Camp, you just take the things you need and when you get back you return to the same bungalow with your belongings waiting for you. No checking in and checking out, Makutsi Tented Camp is simply an exciting and romantic 2 night excursion away from Makutsi Main Camp.

Here a short example of the itinerary at Makutsi Tented Camp:

Depart Main Camp early afternoon for Tented Camp
Short afternoon walk (2 hours)
Dinner & overnight at Tented Camp

Morning walking safari (3-4 hours)
Breakfast at Tented Camp-
Relax & Lunch at Tented Camp
Afternoon walking safari (3-4 hours)
Dinner & overnight at Tented Camp

Short morning walk (2 hours)
Breakfast at Tented Camp
Depart Tented Camp mid morning back to Main Camp

* Minimum age 16 years, and an average-to-good fitness level is required

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Camping in style

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Makutsi Tent

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Private terrace with view

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Walking safari

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Experience the details

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Tented Camp restaurant

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Tented Camp pool


Fresh coat of paint for the outdoor pool

One of the main attractions here at Makutsi are our natural, warm mineral springs. Water from these springs feed our swimming pools (both outdoor and indoor pools), and our clients get to enjoy relaxing, playing or exercising in these wonderful pools. Because they get used permanently, it makes it pretty hard to find time to give them a fresh coat of paint. After years of "we will do it next year", we have finally prioritised this matter. During the 3 weeks of camp closure, we first removed the old paint, gave it a good scrub, and put several coats of fresh paint to the outdoor pool. We think it made the already spectacular pool look even better!

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And voila, a beautiful, freshly painted pool


Hippo mother and baby in the outdoor pool

It seems that the new paint job on the outdoor pool did not only impress our guests, but the wildlife as well!
Every now and then something very special happens, something that nobody really expects to see. We have had a hippo in our pool once or twice before, but this has only ever happened during the night. For this reason, we place a temporary electric cable around the pool at night (we prefer them not to use our pool, and leave behind many kilograms of hippo dung :)
This time however, a mother and very young baby came for a dip in the pool in the middle of the day...they strolled past, saw the very welcoming mineral pool, and simply jumped in!!
Of course we quickly made sure that all the guests close to the pool were taken to safety, and started thinking about how we can convince mother and baby to exit the pool again. We did not want to scare them away, as mother was with a very young baby and we did not want to stress them out. So we decided to simply empty the pool, and once the water level was too low for them to enjoy this nice pool, they used some rocks on the side of the pool to exit, and strolled away again.
To prevent this from happening again, we have now decided to leave the electric cable around the pool during the day, just until the rains come and the hippo have more food and water elsewhere again! Of course there is a gap so that our guests can get in and out of the pool without getting a shock from the cable :)

Only in Africa hey! Below some amazing photos, as well as a link to a video of the mother and baby walking away from the pool after their happy swim...

Video: Hippo mother and baby in Makutsi pool

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Other ways of keeping busy

Of course painting the pool has not been the only activity that we had to keep us busy, a business like Makutsi never leaves you with nothing to do! Below a few pictures of other activities that we worked on during the June closure...


Storing bales for the coming dry months

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Electric supply upgrades


Road repairs...


...and Landrover repairs

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Rondavel upgrades...

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...with a new roof as well

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What would we do without woman power?!?

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Helicopter chasing animals into funnel

Game Capture

Part of managing a game reserve is making sure that your game numbers are well balanced. Most often the balance is kept naturally between predators and their prey, however every now and then outside factors may play a significant role. This year, we had about 30% of our normal rainfall, meaning that we know a few dry months are coming. We decided not to gamble on "early rains" and sold several zebra, wildebeest, impala, kudu and giraffe. As a result our game numbers are lower, meaning we are sure that there is enough food for the remaining wildlife over the coming dry months. Such a game capture is a huge operation, involving helicopters, large trucks, lots of staff and many days of work. Everything went according to plan however, and we are now much more relaxed about the coming dry months...

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Large screens set up as a funnel

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Animals chased via funnel into trucks or temporary holding pens

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Buffalo on the reserve

We are proud to inform you that we now have free roaming buffalo on the reserve, meaning we are now a real Big 5 reserve (although at Makutsi we have never limited ourself too much to only these 5, there is so much more to see out there...)

Not only do we regularly bump into the buffalo in and around the river on game drives, but they also regularly come and visit camp and our private houses. Even more reason to keep your eyes open whilst walking through camp...

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Buffalo on safari

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Buffalo on safari and at private house

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Yum yum that grass on the other side of the fence looks real tasty!!


New uniforms

After a well deserved few weeks off, the staff of Makutsi were welcomed back to work with some nice new uniforms. It is nice to see how happy and proud they are when showing off their new uniforms :)

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Last but not leaste - some wildlife images

To finish off this newsletter, just a few beautiful images to wet your appetite and remind you to start thinking about your next visit to Makutsi again! No words needed, let the images do the talking...(all images: Ralf Wellmann)

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Thank you for reading, and until next time.

Warm, wildlife regards from all of the Makutsi Team!

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