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An long overdue update from Mashatu Game Reserve

An long overdue update from Mashatu Game Reserve
After Mashatu’s downpours just before Christmas in December 2013, ranger Fish captured the above image of the most incredible sighting of a herd of elephants grazing on the just-emerged Devil’s Thorn flower. This signature yellow carpet is just one of the things we love so much about Mashatu – not just for its beauty, but also for its ability to lure large breeding herds of elephants to open areas. Jackal’s Koppie is just one of these areas on the reserve. Isn’t it beautiful? The mighty leadwood tree has become a good hunting ground for Mashatu’s leopards. The female...
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Game Report – October 2013

Game Report – October 2013
October has been a month filled with incredible sightings – leopard, lion, and cheetah kills were all recorded over this month, as well as a sighting of a rare brown hyena! The dry bush is busy transforming into a small green paradise. Within literally a couple of days of receiving rain, a thin blanket of new grass and other ground covers are breaking through the dry baked surface of the soil. This is, in my opinion, the most beautiful time of the year at Mashatu. The Mopane trees are cloaked in green, their fresh leaves contrasting against the dark earth. The Baobabs that stand like dead giants...
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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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Game report – August 2013

Game report – August 2013
August is typically known as the windy month at Mashatu, but it is also the height of the dry season. Most of the trees have shed their leaves, making the bush more open. This allows for easier spotting of game and the elusive cats. The last remaining ground cover has by now been almost completely removed by the grazers, and what remains is being picked up by the huge flocks of guineafowls. The sunsets in August are particularly spectacular as the dust picks up the deep red and orange colours. The last remaining pools of water are drying up, and animals can be found converging at these rare sources of...
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Game Report – July 2013

Game Report – July 2013
July had some very cool and overcast days, with a couple of days receiving a light drizzle. A minimum of 5°C and a maximum of 28°C were recorded. The Acacia trees are in full bloom, producing a sweet scent as you drive through these, and the Mopane trees are slowly turning to a beautiful copper orange in preparation for shedding their leaves. Lions Lion sightings over the month of July have been exceptional. A young lioness was found ‘denning’ with very young cubs in the Matabole riverine vegetation. We haven’t been able to confirm how many little ones there are yet, as they are still...
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