The Mashatu photographic underground hides are probably best known for their incredible elephant sightings. During the peak dry season in addition to elephants, photographers are treated to wonderful sightings of many other mammal species including mongoose, impala, steenbok, kudu and the impressive large elands. Another favourite with guests is a Giraffe.
With the arrival of summer and the rains, the mammals disperse again and many find water elsewhere. Fortunately the elephants still choose to come in for a swim and cool down but the real star of the show in early summer is the birds.
In addition to the birds seen year around, the migrants also arrive back and it seems our waterhole has become the favourite drinking spot for a wide variety of birds.
October and November is a bird-lovers paradise in Mashatu and where better to photograph them that at the underground hides.
Greater Spotted Cuckoo
Images & text by: Janet Kleyn