Cyberdiary – 25 March 2013

Cyberdiary – 25 March 2013
Matswane, the old lion with one eye, has come back to Mashatu after almost a year of residing in the Tuli Circle in Zimbabwe. He was successfully tracked down on a predator drive just west of Mashatu Main Camp. His sudden appearance is intriguing, as his former territory, around the central area was taken over by two younger males around March 2012. His presence is a cause of concern as there are currently nine lion cubs sired by the other two males in the area. Male lions are known to kill cubs of other males. This behaviour is known as infanticide, and is an important part of the male lion...
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Children in the Wilderness Camp at Mashatu

Children in the Wilderness Camp at Mashatu
On the 3rd of December 2012, 16 Children from the Loensa La Moriti village in Botswana arrived at Mashatu Tent Camp as part of the Children in the Wilderness – Limpopo Valley environmental education programme. The small village of Loensa La Moriti is situated within the confines of the Northern Tuli Game Reserve in north eastern Botswana. The children form part of the St Engenas ZCC community, and enjoy a strong Christian education and upbringing. Mashatu Game Reserve makes its Tent Camp available to the Children in the Wilderness – Limpopo Valley initiative for two weeks a year for the...
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Summer in full bloom – February 2013

Summer in full bloom – February 2013
Mashatu is simply bursting at the seams with life. The heavy rains of January have brought about a full flush of growth which will dazzle the senses. Game drives take guests through a sea of fragrant flowers – kilometers of vivid colours against the far reaching expanse of greenery. Looking upwards we see a dazzling spectacle of the migratory birds returning for breeding. Their courtship and song add sound to their acrobatics and flashing beautiful colours.  Some favorites of the season include the Southern Carmine Bee-eater, European Roller, and Secretary bird. A particularly unusual sighting...
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Cyberdiary – February 2013

Cyberdiary – February 2013
Over the last few weeks Mashatu has undergone a remarkable and miraculous transformation. The drought that devastated the region for more than a year was violently broken by tremendous widespread rainfall. By now the water has sunk deep into the soil and the seeds which have lain dormant throughout the drought have thrust fresh shoots through the surface. The landscape is now blanketed in green and dotted with the yellow flowers of the devil thorn plant. The Vlei has become an oasis, attracting a number of water birds seldom seen in the area. The plains game have regained their vigour, and the...
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