Little Makalolo has had not so much a full-blown facelift so that you can’t recognize her, but rather very subtle tweaks that complement the magic that we love so much about this spectacular little Hwange camp. Still retaining its ‘on-the-ground’ status, very low-level walkways have been put in place along the pathways between the tents and the main area – a wonderful new addition that make walking to and from your tent a lot easier. By keeping the walkways low, animals are still able to move easily through camp.
The decking now extends to the front of the lounge and dining area and a new fire-pit has been installed. Ever so slightly elevated now, the view to the very productive waterhole in front of camp remains uninterrupted. The new decking winds its way around the front of the swimming pool too, extending the sense of spaciousness while relaxing and by the pool.
Inside the lounge area there are some new soft additions such as re-covered couches, new cushions and some new artifacts and ornaments to adorn the cozy space making it ever so comfortable – your home-from-home in the African bush.
And don’t forget the magic of the wildlife in the area. Just recently while Mike was visiting Hwange, I was in Johannesburg, and he went out early one morning through to the Ngamo area where he came upon a baby giraffe that was being attacked by jackals! Remarkable how they were punching way above their weight, but they managed to irritatingly nip and bite away at the baby’s hind legs and tail. The mother eventually chased off the tenacious canines to take care of her calf. Just the most remarkable sighting ever – in all Mike’s years of being in the bush, he has never seen anything like it.
Even when you live and work in, or regularly visit, Africa’s wild areas, nothing can ever be taken for granted, and certainly nothing is routine!
Photos © Mike Myers