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We Got Company

We Got Company
It is not often we get visitors on Mashatu when it comes to prides of lion. However, this week we had the pleasure of viewing ‘The Pride of 6’ which dominate our neighbouring concession. The pride is headed up by two of the largest lionesses I have seen on this property, the lionesses are also the grandmothers to a handful of lions that are viewed regularly at Mashatu.  Following the two lionesses are 4 sub-adults of which the youngest being one and half years of age. Judging by the size and physical condition of the lions, it is clear to us that life to the east is doing well by  this pride...
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Leopard of Mashatu

Leopard of Mashatu
After such a great response to an image posted of the son of the Dead Croton Female, I decided that a more in depth report back on his progress would be in order. As mentioned, at the end of August the leopard will be turning 2 years of age, along with his sister. The brother and sister have for the past few months been separated and are now exploring individual territories, both of which line the Majali River. The leopard’s sister and mother (Dead Croton Female) have been spotted together on numerous occasions, sharing meals and resting in the giant Apple Leaf trees within their territory....
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A Sighting to Remeber

A Sighting to Remeber
Fearing that words will not do justice to the adrenaline packed morning we viewed on this day; I have decided to share a series of images rather than a story from the sighting, in hope that it will do it justice.  A truly incredible raw moment captured in true African wilderness!                       By Ruth Nussbaum  
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Growing Strong

Growing Strong
This past week has been a great week of dinning for the three cubs and their mother. The lioness took down an Eland a few days ago which herself and her three rapidly growing cubs have been feasting on since. The cubs, consisting of two males and a female have provided guests at Mashatu with great sightings over the past few months. From a very young age the lioness has allowed vehicles to view her cubs and witness their progress. The lioness has proven thus far to be an incredible mother to her cubs, as they appear to be growing stronger ever day.  Only time will tell if the lioness decides to...
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Chain of Events

Chain of Events
During a fantastic morning out with Mashatu field guide Bashi, we came across a troop of vervet monkeys. It was these vervet monkeys who sat in the top of a Mashatu tree, screaming their lungs out that lead us to a flock of extremely panicked guinea fowls. The flock of guinea fowl fleeing in every direction subsequently lead us to the cheetah cub that was playfully chasing the poor birds as its mother drank near by and absorbed the first light of the day. The mother and cub, full of energy raced up the river bank and through the wild sage – making it a challenging job for the guides to keep...
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