Elephant update – 24 December 2012

Elephant update – 24 December 2012
Life at Mashatu continues to be filled with unexpected treasures and beautiful encounters.  The start of December brought relatively heavy rainfall to most of the Tuli area ranging between 10–55mm, which has allowed the browsers, mixed feeders and grazers in particular to recover well from the previous dry conditions. Green grass is growing in large open spaces just south of Main Camp where many zebra, wildebeest and other herbivores are enjoying the reprieve. Elephants are likewise active in these grass covered expanses and have also made good use of the many pools that formed throughout the...
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Latest hide action from photographer Mike Dexter

Latest hide action from photographer Mike Dexter
Mashatu‘s exclusive photographic hides offer professional and novice photographers the opportunity to get really close to the animals that frequent the area, while being offered the protection of a hide, producing fantastic photographs! Mike Dexter, of C4 Images & Safaris, shares the latest action from the main photographic hide: The early morning means two things for photographers; beautiful light and still water for great reflections. The elephants come so close to the hide at times, that you don’t need a long lens to get a shot like this. This individual was no more that a metre...
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Predator update – 19 December 2012

Predator update – 19 December 2012
Mashatu once again amazed us with a total of eight individual cheetah sightings! A family of four were seen with a single adult female, and another three males were seen all in one afternoon! A few days before two cheetahs were seen hunting at Mashatu Main Camp’s waterhole. They were seen stalking a herd of impala before moving off and crossing the Majali River. We do not have photos of these two particular individuals, so it is difficult to tell where they might have come from and whether they are known residents. Photographs allow individual identification via spot patterns, which can then be...
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November Game Report

November Game Report
The landscape of Mashatu is in full transition from being a dry and dusty place to a luscious green bushveld. Rainfall has been very patchily distributed with Main Camp and Tent Camp getting 21.8mm and 15.5mm respectively. This is, however, not anywhere near the true indication of rainfall in the area. Some places got in excess of 70mm (from one downpour)! While some areas are still dry and dusty, other places you have to drive through deep water pockets. This month we also saw the Majale River coming down in a flash flood, and the Limpopo River is also flowing, although at a very low mark so 2×4...
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