Mashatu is home to no less than seven of Africa’s “giants” – the African elephant, the lion, giraffe, the baobab tree, the eland, ostrich and the kori bustard.
It is therefore fitting that these giants have a massive habitat, and some 29 000 hectares (72 000 acres) of pristine game land have been set aside as a refuge for these creatures.
The predators listed here are by no means all the predators which occur at Mashatu but these can be classified as the key predators seen on the reserve almost daily.
Lion – Panthera leo
Leopard – Panthera pardus
Cheetah – Acinonyx jubatus
Spotted Hyena – Crocuta crocuta
Black-backed Jackal – Canis mesomelas
African Wildcat – Felis silvestris lybica
With over 50 Mammal and Reptile species, 350 unique bird species and 150 species of Tree’s, Mashatu can easily be regarded as one of the most diverse reserves on the continent.
Our unique landscape, along with our continued conservancy efforts has allowed this diverse array of flora and fauna to flourish in a simply untouched environment – a true testimony to our reserve.