Mashatu‘s exclusive photographic hides offer professional and novice photographers the opportunity to get really close to the animals that frequent the area, while being offered the protection of a hide, producing fantastic photographs!
Mike Dexter, of C4 Images & Safaris, shares the latest action from the main photographic hide:
The early morning means two things for photographers; beautiful light and still water for great reflections.
The elephants come so close to the hide at times, that you don’t need a long lens to get a shot like this. This individual was no more that a metre away.
The waterhole attracts a great variety of wildlife, and this colourful individual is one of the smaller residents.
The baby elephant is running towards the water after a long, thirsty walk. He didn’t seem to be able to hold back, as he left the rest of the herd behind in a cloud of dust in his excitement and anticipation of the cool fresh water!
The tree squirrel is a common, and curious, character at the hide. It’s movements are lightening-fast, so it can be difficult to photograph, but occasionally one will hold still for long enough for us to get a shot like this.
Elephants approach the waterhole in single file. They often walk in this fashion along well-worn paths, that may be used for hundreds of years. Many new elephant paths leading to and from the hide have formed over the last 12 months.
Hyena’s love water, and there’s nothing like an early morning dip after a long night out. They are usually quite inquisitive, as can be seen in this image.