One For the Birders

One For the Birders
Although summer feels as though it is centuries away as well as the beautiful migrant birds that come with it, the bird life at the underground hide has been outstanding in the past few months.  Our “seen at the underground hide” bird list for the year has reached approximately 60 species, and is growing every day.         If we concentrate specifically on birds, a typical morning at the hide may begin as follows: A call of a pearl spotted owlet to break the silence of the night, followed by a flock of entertaining Helmeted Guinea Fowl emerging from the grass sometimes 60-80...
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Growing Strong

Growing Strong
This past week has been a great week of dinning for the three cubs and their mother. The lioness took down an Eland a few days ago which herself and her three rapidly growing cubs have been feasting on since. The cubs, consisting of two males and a female have provided guests at Mashatu with great sightings over the past few months. From a very young age the lioness has allowed vehicles to view her cubs and witness their progress. The lioness has proven thus far to be an incredible mother to her cubs, as they appear to be growing stronger ever day.  Only time will tell if the lioness decides to...
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Rutting Season

Rutting Season
The rutting season is upon us. And with it comes the battle for the strongest, best looking, biggest horned, and most agile Impala.   The bush is filled with ‘roars’ this time of year, but not that of the big and hairy, the roars of dominant male impala. As a male impala seeks  the attention from a female impala he emits a ‘roar’, often accompanied by a loud snorting sound. Oddly enough, the loud snorting sound is what determines the dominance of the males to the females – thus making them fit partners to breed with. During the processes of winning over the female impala, the male...
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Fish

Fish
The longest standing member to the Mashatu Family is field guide, Fish. Fish has worked at Mashatu for 34 years, starting his career in the bush in the anti-poaching patrol unit.  His love for the bush and the conserving wildlife of Botswana is what drove Fish to dedicate his career and life to the cause. In 1985 Fish became a tracker at Mashatu, and soon after gained his guiding qualifications to start his guiding career.     Spending such a long period of time in a wilderness area you witness firsthand the changes that the land and its creatures experience.  Fish recalls the terrible...
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Chain of Events

Chain of Events
During a fantastic morning out with Mashatu field guide Bashi, we came across a troop of vervet monkeys. It was these vervet monkeys who sat in the top of a Mashatu tree, screaming their lungs out that lead us to a flock of extremely panicked guinea fowls. The flock of guinea fowl fleeing in every direction subsequently lead us to the cheetah cub that was playfully chasing the poor birds as its mother drank near by and absorbed the first light of the day. The mother and cub, full of energy raced up the river bank and through the wild sage – making it a challenging job for the guides to keep...
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Update from the hides

Update from the hides
The C4 hides at Mashatu Game Reserve are in full swing at the moment. The elephant hide has been teeming with bird life, everything ranging from guineafowls to firefinches and parrots. As the great Matabole River slowly dries up the mammals on the reserve – especially the elephants – are becoming more and more dependent on the waterhole as their permanent source of water. Regular visitors this past month include impala, baboons, elephants and warthog, the more occasional visitor’s include vervet monkeys, eland, hyena, banded mongoose and lion.           At the reflection...
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