Mashatu’s Cheetahs: Guest blog post by Aliénore Brassine

Mashatu’s Cheetahs: Guest blog post by Aliénore Brassine
The Tuli may be known for its large herds of elephants with open dusty plains and sandstone koppies but it is also home to a diversity of species all uniquely adapted to survive and compete in this harsh environment. Cheetahs, unchanged for over 3 million years, are amongst the most highly evolved of the big cats. They are most well known for their specialised design which allows them to hunt at extremely high speeds. A less obvious adaptation, but nonetheless essential for survival, is their adaptability to local conditions, where larger more dominant predators will not only out-compete them but aim...
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An long overdue update from Mashatu Game Reserve

An long overdue update from Mashatu Game Reserve
After Mashatu’s downpours just before Christmas in December 2013, ranger Fish captured the above image of the most incredible sighting of a herd of elephants grazing on the just-emerged Devil’s Thorn flower. This signature yellow carpet is just one of the things we love so much about Mashatu – not just for its beauty, but also for its ability to lure large breeding herds of elephants to open areas. Jackal’s Koppie is just one of these areas on the reserve. Isn’t it beautiful? The mighty leadwood tree has become a good hunting ground for Mashatu’s leopards. The female...
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Game Report – October 2013

Game Report – October 2013
October has been a month filled with incredible sightings – leopard, lion, and cheetah kills were all recorded over this month, as well as a sighting of a rare brown hyena! The dry bush is busy transforming into a small green paradise. Within literally a couple of days of receiving rain, a thin blanket of new grass and other ground covers are breaking through the dry baked surface of the soil. This is, in my opinion, the most beautiful time of the year at Mashatu. The Mopane trees are cloaked in green, their fresh leaves contrasting against the dark earth. The Baobabs that stand like dead giants...
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Sleep tight; guest blog post by Tabby Mittins and Villiers Steyn

Sleep tight; guest blog post by Tabby Mittins and Villiers Steyn
Words by Tabby Mittins and photos by Villiers Steyn Villiers and I aren’t really lodge people. Our accommodation, for the majority of the time we spend on the road, is our little green dome tent, and we love it. However, every now and then an opportunity comes round and we indulge in a little luxury. After all, who would pass up an opportunity to get spoilt rotten? Mashatu Main Camp Unlike many similar lodges that often lose the natural charm of the setting they’re in, mostly in an effort to boost their sybaritic edge in the increasingly competitive world of luxury bush lodges, Mashatu Main Camp...
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Game on; guest blog post by Tabby Mittings & Villiers Steyn

Game on; guest blog post by Tabby Mittings & Villiers Steyn
Game drives in any reserve in any country are a gamble. There are so many variables influencing where the animals are and what they’re doing, even more so in a large, unfenced reserve such as Mashatu. Even so, it’s unheard of for guests to return to camp feeling as though their drive was a waste of time. The landscape plays a large role in this. Mashatu has some of the most scenic and emotive scenery in Botswana, with seasonal changes so dramatic they border on histrionic. A naturally semi-arid reserve, the bare earth of Mashatu in the dry season may at first seem stark and barren, but it...
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Game Report – September 2013

Game Report – September 2013
Young female leopard looks back at the elephants The atmosphere has been clouded with dust for the last month and we waited in anticipation for the start of the rainy season. At last a thick blanket of clouds rolled in and with it came a cool chill. In less than 12 hours we experienced a 20°C drop in temperature. A cold front swooped in and brought back the cold winter breeze. A light drizzle fell – not enough to even register on the rain gauge – but it was all we needed to clear the dust out of the air. And the skies were blue once again as we resumed our wait for the...
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