Top 20 – August 2014

Top 20 – August 2014
What an action filled month it has been, with predator visits to the hide in the form of both leopard and lion, the arrival of 5 new cheetah cubs, and the return of the migratory birds. This month’s ‘Top 20’ images display an array of wildlife spoils from Mashatu Game Reserve, captured skilfully by talented photographers and nature lovers. Thank you and well done to all for sharing your wildlife photographs, we are looking forward to sharing more of our visitors creativity in next month’s ‘Top...
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August Winds

August Winds
The August winds have once again brought change to underground hide.  New mammals, birds and herds have made regular visits to the hide this month making for an interesting viewing experience to all those who have visited the hide.     The past two weeks have seen large herds of antelope settling within close proximity to the waterhole of the underground hide. The antelope have become somewhat protective over the water source as the rivers on Mashatu have now almost entirely dried up. The bigger antelope such as eland are not shy to chase off the smaller impala when it come time for their...
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We Got Company

We Got Company
It is not often we get visitors on Mashatu when it comes to prides of lion. However, this week we had the pleasure of viewing ‘The Pride of 6’ which dominate our neighbouring concession. The pride is headed up by two of the largest lionesses I have seen on this property, the lionesses are also the grandmothers to a handful of lions that are viewed regularly at Mashatu.  Following the two lionesses are 4 sub-adults of which the youngest being one and half years of age. Judging by the size and physical condition of the lions, it is clear to us that life to the east is doing well by  this pride...
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White-fronted Bee-eaters

White-fronted Bee-eaters
If you have been so lucky to have visited Mashatu Game Reserve, I’m certain the aesthetic beauty of one particular bird stood out whilst driving (walking, or cycling for that matter) through the wilderness. The White-fronted Bee-eater is one of Mashatu’s most striking birds; their plumage displays bold colours of green, white, red, blue,black and orange. The White-fronted Bee-eater is not only a feast for the eyes; the birds are skilled in flight and excellent hunters. They acquire a unique ability to hunt down insects – of which they favour bee’s, in flight and consume them without...
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Leopard of Mashatu

Leopard of Mashatu
After such a great response to an image posted of the son of the Dead Croton Female, I decided that a more in depth report back on his progress would be in order. As mentioned, at the end of August the leopard will be turning 2 years of age, along with his sister. The brother and sister have for the past few months been separated and are now exploring individual territories, both of which line the Majali River. The leopard’s sister and mother (Dead Croton Female) have been spotted together on numerous occasions, sharing meals and resting in the giant Apple Leaf trees within their territory....
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News from the Underground

News from the Underground
As the months of 2014 tick by and the dry winter sets in, the landscapes of Mashatu Game Reserve undergo some immense changes. With these changes an array of new wildlife is introduced to the underground hide on an almost daily basis. Elephant congregations around the waterhole are almost guaranteed at the moment, it’s not unusual to have up to 100 elephants move through the area in a morning. Animals such as Eland and Zebra, which  in the past few months have been too skittish to make the bold move to drink at the open waterhole have now started making quick appearances. Bird species who usually...
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