Guest blog – Colin Morris

Photo: Colin Morris

Photo: Colin Morris

My wife Jackie and I are from Sydney, Australia.

We have been to southern Africa three times in the last four years, and have been to about fifteen reserves across all parts of South Africa, Botswana and Namibia.

We first visited Mashatu in October 2010.  At the time, we were visiting as part of a tour with a Wildlife Vet, and he organised day trips with both Leopard and Elephant researchers, which were very interesting.  Last time we stayed at the Tented Camp and really enjoyed the luxury tents and wonderfully warm and friendly staff. This time we stayed at the even more luxurious Main Camp, and again were welcomed by the same wonderful staff.  Richard was our guide in 2010 and it was great to see him again in 2013, although Elvis was our equally good guide this time.

Photo: Colin Morris

Photo: Colin Morris

Photo: Colin Morris

Photo: Colin Morris

Photo: Colin Morris

Photo: Colin Morris

Photo: Colin Morris

Photo: Colin Morris

As keen photographers, we also planned – as part of this stay – to visit C4’s new Waterhole Hide. Unfortunately the massive rains earlier in the year meant that there was an abundance of water to be had everywhere, which did not favour the hide getting as many viewing opportunities as it is used to. Our host, Mike, was great however, and gave many helpful photographic tips. He also joined us after visiting the hide on our Safari drives. We are keen to visit again.

Photo: Colin Morris

Photo: Colin Morris

Photo: Colin Morris

Photo: Colin Morris

Photo: Colin Morris

Our viewing during our stay was wonderful.  Having a love affair with leopards, Mashatu did not disappoint.

We did not know when we first visited, that both Mashatu and MalaMala belong to the Rattrays.  Both are unique, and both are well worth visiting in their own right.

Colin Morris

*For more of Colin’s beautiful photos, be sure to visit our Facebook page.

Mashatu would like to thank Colin Morris for sharing his visit – and his fantastic photos – with us.



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