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News from the Underground

News from the Underground
As the months of 2014 tick by and the dry winter sets in, the landscapes of Mashatu Game Reserve undergo some immense changes. With these changes an array of new wildlife is introduced to the underground hide on an almost daily basis. Elephant congregations around the waterhole are almost guaranteed at the moment, it’s not unusual to have up to 100 elephants move through the area in a morning. Animals such as Eland and Zebra, which  in the past few months have been too skittish to make the bold move to drink at the open waterhole have now started making quick appearances. Bird species who usually...
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One For the Birders

One For the Birders
Although summer feels as though it is centuries away as well as the beautiful migrant birds that come with it, the bird life at the underground hide has been outstanding in the past few months.  Our “seen at the underground hide” bird list for the year has reached approximately 60 species, and is growing every day.         If we concentrate specifically on birds, a typical morning at the hide may begin as follows: A call of a pearl spotted owlet to break the silence of the night, followed by a flock of entertaining Helmeted Guinea Fowl emerging from the grass sometimes 60-80...
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Update from the hides

Update from the hides
The C4 hides at Mashatu Game Reserve are in full swing at the moment. The elephant hide has been teeming with bird life, everything ranging from guineafowls to firefinches and parrots. As the great Matabole River slowly dries up the mammals on the reserve – especially the elephants – are becoming more and more dependent on the waterhole as their permanent source of water. Regular visitors this past month include impala, baboons, elephants and warthog, the more occasional visitor’s include vervet monkeys, eland, hyena, banded mongoose and lion.           At the reflection...
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