Photographic hides at Mashatu

Photographic hides at Mashatu
It was a first for photography in southern Africa when C4 Images  and Safaris secured an exclusive concession to provide dedicated photographic hides at Mashatu Game Reserve. The hides provide a perfect vantage point from which both novice and professional photographers can safely photograph animals and birds from ground level, and often close range. Shem Compion, co-founder of C4 Images and Safaris, shared this amazing footage of the elephant-proof ground level hide based at a waterhole, shot by one of the guests on a recent photographic safari: The Mashatu Hide – an elephant bazaar! from...
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Cheetah update – 19 August 2012

Cheetah update – 19 August 2012
Although cheetah sightings have not been as prolific as we have had in the past, we have had our first cheetah photographs on camera trap! Cheetahs are particularly difficult to capture on camera traps as, unlike other large cats, they do not tend to use animal paths. The two cheetahs photographed, a mother and her young sub-adult female, are much more shy than the other resident cheetahs, and only a few people have had a chance to view them at a distance. From the photo we can see that she was injured on her right hip. The injury may have resulted from a narrow escape from a superior predator such as...
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Cyberdiary – 17 August 2012

Cyberdiary – 17 August 2012
With numerous cold fronts moving through South Africa, we at Mashatu also feel the the effects. Windy conditions, like today, cause most of the animals to move into thickets where they are sheltered from the worst of it. However, these thickets hold secrets in them, as most predators also rest in them as they wait for nightfall. Certain pockets of water along the Majale River act as a massive magnet for all animals and bird species in search of both water and fish respectively. It is also around these last remaining waterholes that predators are focusing their hunting activity. Saddle-billed storks...
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Elephant update – 9 August 2012

Elephant update – 9 August 2012
This month elephant foraging strategies and social behaviour of the elephants at Mashatu have been seen to have an increasing influence on vegetation, herbivores and other species in the savanna community. The landscape continues to dry as the winds build across the Northern Tuli Savanna. Large groups of elephants are congregating near areas like the Limpopo river, where subsurface water is still available to those that dig holes exposing the fresh water channel passing beneath. Away from water, most groups are found foraging, sleeping or dust bathing exclusively with immediate family – usually one...
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July Game Report

July Game Report
Game viewing at Mashatu was phenomenal during the month of July. The average temperatures (high & low) for the month were 22°C and 6 °C. Considered to be cold out here, it is nothing compared to temperatures in all of South Africa. From a photographic point of view, the majority of days were sunny and provided good light for keen photographers. General game sightings are increasing, and although the animals are hard hit by the winter drought, they are still surviving. With no rains for a couple of months now, migratory herds such as zebra and wildebeest are looking for greener pastures to graze...
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