Elephant update – 28 November 2012

Elephant update – 28 November 2012
November’s elephant activity has shown a combination of behaviours seen over the last few months. Some herds continue to travel in smaller family groups while others have merged their bond groups to form large herds. Large and small groups may remain localized to one area while others traverse the extent of the reserve. The reason for this variability is tied to rainfall. The rains continue to be inconsistent with pulses of showers initiating growth of grass and leaves in pulses as well. Consequently elephant movements have responded to availability of forage with similar movement pulses. Despite...
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Cheetah update – 28 November 2012

Cheetah update – 28 November 2012
After some well-deserved rain Mashatu is already covered in a shimmer of green new growth. The Mopane trees are a vivid green, a beautiful contrast against the dark brown soil. With the rain also comes cooler weather and predators are active for longer periods during the day. On a recent Predator Drive the family of six was successfully tracked down. They had just made a kill but unfortunately for them they chose to hunt in an area favoured by spotted hyena and their kill was quickly snatched away. We had the privilege of watching them for the rest of the morning, the young sub adults testing our...
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Elephant update – 13 November 2012

Elephant update – 13 November 2012
A cow and her calf There are elephants aplenty as we move into mid November! As you may recall in previous installments, much was said about the movement of elephants in search of water during the dry winter season. And while I would not say we are out of the drought, the rains we’ve had have brought much relief to the thousands of wild creatures that have long awaited a reprieve. Leaves, flowers, and grass are growing. Migratory birds, water fowl and insects are flying about the reserve. And with them are our majestic, graceful, giants of Mashatu. It is typical to find elephants on the move...
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Cheetah update – 12 November 2012

Cheetah update – 12 November 2012
Cheetahs have made an appearance once again! The family of six has been sighted on a few different occasions. Yesterday evening, while on a predator drive, guests were privileged to see them take down an impala ram. The hunt was watched from the start with the cheetah spotting the impala, stalking it, chasing it and finally taking it down. The cubs that are now over a year old are more than capable of hunting by themselves. Their mom can finally take a bit of a back seat while watching her cubs refine their hunting skills. They quickly ate to their fill and did so just in time, as shortly thereafter a...
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October Game Report

October Game Report
Good rains have finally settled the dry winter of 2012 at Mashatu. With a dramatic change in vegetation and grass cover, herds of wildebeest, zebra, waterbuck and impala are seen grazing all across the magnificent landscape of Mashatu. Over 33 mm of rain (over six days days) was recorded around Main Camp, but areas in the central region clearly had much more precipitation, as large pockets of water are found scattered across the landscape. Stands of water, where only a dry, empty dustbowl use to be, are now a living source for all game species and birds alike. One would assume that with the fine dust...
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