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Mashatu’s Cheetahs: Guest blog post by Aliénore Brassine

Mashatu’s Cheetahs: Guest blog post by Aliénore Brassine
The Tuli may be known for its large herds of elephants with open dusty plains and sandstone koppies but it is also home to a diversity of species all uniquely adapted to survive and compete in this harsh environment. Cheetahs, unchanged for over 3 million years, are amongst the most highly evolved of the big cats. They are most well known for their specialised design which allows them to hunt at extremely high speeds. A less obvious adaptation, but nonetheless essential for survival, is their adaptability to local conditions, where larger more dominant predators will not only out-compete them but aim...
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Sleep tight; guest blog post by Tabby Mittins and Villiers Steyn

Sleep tight; guest blog post by Tabby Mittins and Villiers Steyn
Words by Tabby Mittins and photos by Villiers Steyn Villiers and I aren’t really lodge people. Our accommodation, for the majority of the time we spend on the road, is our little green dome tent, and we love it. However, every now and then an opportunity comes round and we indulge in a little luxury. After all, who would pass up an opportunity to get spoilt rotten? Mashatu Main Camp Unlike many similar lodges that often lose the natural charm of the setting they’re in, mostly in an effort to boost their sybaritic edge in the increasingly competitive world of luxury bush lodges, Mashatu Main Camp...
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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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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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A unique perspective; guest blog post by Tabby Mittins & Villiers Steyn

A unique perspective; guest blog post by Tabby Mittins & Villiers Steyn
Elephant Wildlife photography is a competitive business, even when it’s only a hobby. The restrictions faced by wildlife photographers are somewhat heftier than those of, say, wedding photographers in that conditions are mostly uncontrollable, subjects are often unpredictable, and the whole business of photographing wild animals is a bit of a gamble and relies largely on luck. Bushbuck Shem Compion, wildlife photographer and author of ‘The insider’s guide to top wildlife photography spots in South Africa’ and ‘The insider’s guide to wildlife photography spots in Botswana and...
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