In the month of March, Mashatu Tent Camp hosted a C4 Photographic workshop. The workshop was a huge success, with cheetah sightings on an almost daily basis, a fantastic leopard in the symbolic Mashatu Tree sighting, elephant from worms eye view at the new Valley hide and great weather conditions for night photography. The workshop was hosted by resident photographer Kyle de Nobgrea, who shares with us a highlight a day from the 4 day safari!
Mashatu Photo Workshop Day 1:
We have just started our first workshop for the year, and if Cheetah cubs in golden light on the first day is anything to go by, then it sure promises to be a good one.
The hides have also been very productive already so we are looking forward to what we get lucky with.
Mashatu Photo Workshop Day 2:
After a good start to the day in the hide, we where in for a real showdown in the afternoon.
The afternoon drive started off with this young female leopard resting up in a Mashatu tree, then 5 Cheetah finishing off their Impala kill and an awesome end to the day shooting one of Mashatu’s largest Baobabs with the Milky way as the backdrop.
Mashatu Photo Workshop Day 3:
The morning started off in search of a troop of baboons we could try catch coming out from their riparian roost to photograph backlit. Luckily we found a relaxed troop as the sun started rising.
We headed off to one of the many drying up pools in the Majali riverbed. We found plenty of Pied Kingfishers doing a great job at emptying out the last stocks of fish.
With atleast 200 hundred elephants seen over the course of the day, we decided to wrap things up with some cheetah in the last light of day.
Mashatu Photo Workshop Day 4: Last day
We made the most of the opportunity with the 5 Cheetahs still hanging around and spent a good portion of time with them.
We had an awesome last morning in the Valley hide, and the birds there are phenomenal.
We had brunch underneath a large Sheperd’s tree to wrap things up for 4 days of magic.…
Things where not over yet! The whole morning in the hide we saw hundreds of Vultures circling above signalling the presence of a kill.
After our brunch stop and on our way to the border we found out what all the commotion was about.
A young elephant had died and the carcass was easy to find with tons of Vultures, Jackals and Hyena’s making the most of the free meal.
An incredible end to the workshop!
Text and Photographs by: Kyle de Nobrega