Game Report May 2013

The month of May has experienced cooler weather and, although the grass has dried up in all habitats but that of the riverine areas, the trees and bushes are still looking green. No rainfall was recorded during this month and temperatures ranged between 8 and 31°C as we move into the cool dry season. Lions […]

November Game Report

The landscape of Mashatu is in full transition from being a dry and dusty place to a luscious green bushveld. Rainfall has been very patchily distributed with Main Camp and Tent Camp getting 21.8mm and 15.5mm respectively. This is, however, not anywhere near the true indication of rainfall in the area. Some places got in […]

Elephant update – 28 November 2012

November’s elephant activity has shown a combination of behaviours seen over the last few months. Some herds continue to travel in smaller family groups while others have merged their bond groups to form large herds. Large and small groups may remain localized to one area while others traverse the extent of the reserve. The reason […]

Cyberdiary – 26 September 2012

The past week at Mashatu delivered some amazing wildlife scenes, that unfolded before the very eyes of our guests. The camps have been busy, and listening to the stories around the campfire at dinner in the evenings, was a testament to just how productive the game drives were. During an afternoon game drive, we found […]

Cyberdiary – 14 September 2012

The past week at Mashatu has been filled with loads of general game and predator sightings. Aged kudu and eland bulls are particularly hard hit by the dry conditions. Their worn-down teeth make grinding fibrous vegetative content difficult, and they seldom obtain the necessary protein and nutrients from the remaining browse available, to have the […]

Elephant update – 7 September 2012

Happy Spring Day, (September 1st)! The month of September is off to beautiful start, and spring is definitely in the air. With longer days and light availability seasonal changes have begun to unfold. Even without precipitation the leaves are greening, blossoms are emerging, and the wildlife is taking notice. While on our specialised elephant research […]

August Game Report

Much warmer temperatures have filled the days and nights at Mashatu during the month of August. Although rain still remains a far-off and distant dream, there are signs of spring everywhere out there. Acacia tree species are all starting to blossom, and the air is filled with the sweet scent of flowers in bloom. However, […]

Elephant update – 20 August 2012

As we move towards the end of August, days are getting warmer and the landscape form has altered to a new level. Forage is increasingly limited for the browser community. The “browse line” can easily be identified in certain communities of Mopane, Umbrella thorn and more often Mustard, where stems and trunks of shrubs appear […]

Photographic hides at Mashatu

It was a first for photography in southern Africa when C4 Images  and Safaris secured an exclusive concession to provide dedicated photographic hides at Mashatu Game Reserve. The hides provide a perfect vantage point from which both novice and professional photographers can safely photograph animals and birds from ground level, and often close range. Shem Compion, co-founder […]

July Game Report

Game viewing at Mashatu was phenomenal during the month of July. The average temperatures (high & low) for the month were 22°C and 6 °C. Considered to be cold out here, it is nothing compared to temperatures in all of South Africa. From a photographic point of view, the majority of days were sunny and […]

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