Game on; guest blog post by Tabby Mittings & Villiers Steyn

Game on; guest blog post by Tabby Mittings & Villiers Steyn
Game drives in any reserve in any country are a gamble. There are so many variables influencing where the animals are and what they’re doing, even more so in a large, unfenced reserve such as Mashatu. Even so, it’s unheard of for guests to return to camp feeling as though their drive was a waste of time. The landscape plays a large role in this. Mashatu has some of the most scenic and emotive scenery in Botswana, with seasonal changes so dramatic they border on histrionic. A naturally semi-arid reserve, the bare earth of Mashatu in the dry season may at first seem stark and barren, but it...
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Game Report – September 2013

Game Report – September 2013
Young female leopard looks back at the elephants The atmosphere has been clouded with dust for the last month and we waited in anticipation for the start of the rainy season. At last a thick blanket of clouds rolled in and with it came a cool chill. In less than 12 hours we experienced a 20°C drop in temperature. A cold front swooped in and brought back the cold winter breeze. A light drizzle fell – not enough to even register on the rain gauge – but it was all we needed to clear the dust out of the air. And the skies were blue once again as we resumed our wait for the...
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Beating about the bush; guest blog post by Tabby Mittins and Villiers Steyn

Beating about the bush; guest blog post by Tabby Mittins and Villiers Steyn
African safari guiding is an intricate business; it takes a lot of time and effort to become one and only then does the hard work really begin. Having been a guide in the past I can safely say that it’s one of those industries where practise doesn’t necessarily make perfect (at least it didn’t for me). Entertaining the same people for days and sometimes weeks at a time and maintaining a constant level of sanity in the face of pre-dawn grumpiness and late night cheerfulness, with visitors who often know nothing or everything, takes a constitution of steel and a sense of humour to match. It takes...
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