August Winds

The August winds have once again brought change to underground hide.  New mammals, birds and herds have made regular visits to the hide this month making for an interesting viewing experience to all those who have visited the hide.

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A regular visit from a herd of 30 impala


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Kurrichane Thrush


The past two weeks have seen large herds of antelope settling within close proximity to the waterhole of the underground hide. The antelope have become somewhat protective over the water source as the rivers on Mashatu have now almost entirely dried up. The bigger antelope such as eland are not shy to chase off the smaller impala when it come time for their drinking session, and likewise with elephants pushing off eland for a drink. With dampened hearing from the persistent August winds these mammals put on a great dust display as they move nervously around the waterhole.

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Eland and impala sharing a drink


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Red Billed Oxpecker and Southern White Crowned Shrike battle it out for drinking real estate


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Herd of elephant refuelling


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Black Headed Oriole


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Impala in high numbers


This month has also proved successful in terms of the predators, with a brief sighting of the pride of nine and of course a very intimate sighting of one of Mashatu’s treasured young male leopards.

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One of the young males from the pride of lion peering through the hatch of the hide, taken by photographic guide Trevor Kleyn

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Young male leopard peaking its head into the hide, taken by photographic guide Kyle de Nobrega


The most valuable lesson one can learn about the bush is that nothing in wildlife and nature is predictable; having that said time can only tell what the next month will have in stall for the animal antics of the underground hide.

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Vervet Monkey’s drinking


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The always present elephants


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Drinking impala

By Ruth Nussbaum












3 Responses to “ “August Winds”

  1. bessie vermeulen says:

    mashatu and the hide is such a wonderful place to take photograhps and enjoy nature.

  2. Clive says:

    Love your pics Ruth……….makes me determined to visit Mashatu soon!!!!

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