CyberDiary – 24 February 2012

CyberDiary – 24 February 2012
What a week it’s been! The Wild dogs, tracked down on a predator drive, made a flash appearance in the western area of Mashatu. It’s a rocky and wild region, seldom visited by the rangers on regular game drives. On this day however, an extra effort was made by all to catch a glimpse of these endangered animals. Those who did were blessed with a great privilege, as the pups, inquisitive and fearless as ever, approached to within 2 metres of the vehicles. We reluctantly left the sighting when darkness fell, and made our bumpy way back to camp, ear-to-ear smiles all around. Overall game viewing has...
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CyberDiary – 17 February 2012

CyberDiary – 17 February 2012
It’s been an interesting week here at Mashatu! Everyday we await in anticipation for the beginning of our rainy season. On Sunday afternoon we all thought we were in for a big storm. By five o’clock a cold wind had picked up and a dark sky loomed overhead. It did rain, but unfortunately not the amount we’d hoped for. Main Camp only received a mere 3mm, although the folowing morning the rivers showed proof of a heavy downpour elsewhere. The Majale River had water bank to bank, and the Matabole River, which is usually just a dry riverbed, had burst its banks! Despite not receiving much of this...
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CyberDiary – 9 February 2012

Note: Andrei has been extra busy this week, so unfortunately the blog has to go up sans photos. He did say he’d more than likely get a chance to head out this afternoon and snap a few pics. We’ll upload them to this post as soon as we receive them! Temperatures have reached the high 30′s and even low 40’s this past week. Hopefully the rain will follow this surge of heat and cool everything down again. The arid landscape has seen no rain for a few weeks now. There have been some light thundershowers outside of the reserve, but Mashatu itself is still very dry given the time of...
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January Game Report

January Game Report
Weather Thunderstorms were frequent all around the reserve during the month. But although a lot of rain fell, some places more than 60mm, it ended up being sparsely distributed across Mashatu. The landscape is actually looking dry and arid at the moment, and more in keeping with the onset of winter than the middle of summer. We’re not overly concerned however, as mother nature always manages to take take care of herself. The rains will come eventually, it’s just a matter of exercising a little patience. They arrived later than usual last year, so perhaps the same thing will happen again this...
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