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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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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The Cuckoo Con

The Cuckoo Con
Brood parasitism is another one of nature’s cruel yet clever survival tactics, and the cuckoo is one of its biggest culprits. Out and about in the field one day we came across a very peculiar relationship – a Meves Starling feeding a juvenile Greater Spotted Cuckoo. The cuckoo twice the size of the exhausted starling was incessantly demanding food whilst it sat upon its perch basking. The cuckoo went so far as to peck the starling off the perch once it had kindly delivered food to it, as if to say “I’m not done yet, so go and get me some more”. This Poor starling had without a choice fallen...
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Predators of Mashatu

Predators of Mashatu
Predator game viewing at Masahtu has been on top form over the past week. On the cheetah front we have had regular sightings of the female cheetah and her cub. Despite losing the majority of her litter the female cheetah has successfully reared a female cub to almost one year of age.           The leopard department has been dominated by regular sightings of two young leopards who are the offspring of the blue eyed female. However, the blue eyed female herself has been incredibly elusive of late, there have been speculations that this may be an indication that she is denning...
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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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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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