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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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Ecosystem Overview – January 2013

Ecosystem Overview – January 2013
New Year’s Eve brought great hopes for rainfall in the Northern Tuli Game Reserve, when several millimeters were received at the stroke of midnight. Average rainfall for the greater reserve is estimated to be around 400mm, but last year produced only 100.5mm for Main Camp. Moving into January, hopes were rising that 2013 would bring more rainfall for the land and wildlife. Despite dry conditions through the first two weeks of the month, a positive outlook persisted and on the 14th, we graciously welcomed 1mm. The next day brought our first real rain event, which continued through the 16th, with a...
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A tense moment in the bush between predators

A tense moment in the bush between predators
On the morning of January 7th, ranger Bashi and his guests – regulars from Italy – had a nice sighting of a mother leopard and her small two month old cub. Later that evening they returned to the area in the hope of having another glimpse. The scene had dramatically changed, however. The mother was found again in a tree, but there was no sign of the young one. Below the mother, a pride of lions lounged in the shade. The group consisted of two females – sisters who are excellent hunters – and their five big cubs. The cubs are from two different litters, separated by just a few...
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Cyberdiary – 10 October 2012

Cyberdiary – 10 October 2012
Windy conditions were experienced the past couple of days out in the bush. Temperatures were mild at midday, and evenings were considered perfect. The night sky is nothing short of spectacular, with a starry-host that is second-to-none. Elephant herds are still concentrated along the southern regions of Mashatu, around the alluvial floodplains close to the Limpopo River. Herds of eland are scattered all across the landscape, and loads of baby eland are starting to appear. Small wildebeest herds are slowly making their way back to their former areas, but zebra are still fairly concentrated along the...
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