Mashatu Game Reserve, A gem in Botswana.
Having visited the Okavango Delta in the past I have always been convinced that Botswana is a magic place. This feeling was once again confirmed when I recently visited Mashatu Game reserve in the Tuli Block. I had always thought that the delta was the best but for me Mashatu is magic.
Many of you know know how much I love my big cats and mashatu is a perfect place for that.
From the peripherals of the riverine vegetation the lions wait in anticipation of game coming for a drink, the undulating open grasslands with amazing vintage points decorated by the shepherds bush are home the the Ferrari of the bush, the one and only cheetah.
The dry river beds decorated by the lead wood and Mashatu trees are home the the most elusive of the big cats (the leopard). As a field guide myself I was tempted to be on the steering wheel to creat magic for photosafaris. I often wandered how it would be to work here as a guide. Mashatu felt like Home to me. Mashatu is home.
During our stay we saw and photographed lions, Leopard and Cheetahs. I need two add that we also saw the elusing African Wild cat. Mashatu is also a birding paradise and we were blessed to see over 80 different species of birds .
This female in the picture below was on of my highlights. She has 4 cubs and entertained us for most of our stay as we saw her daily. A terrific mother who has a lot of stomachs to feed and therefore always on the move and very successful hunter. The one day she managed to make two kills for her cubs (one young wildebeest and one impala). This is Mashatu...
This is my home...
And this is Africa at its best.
Image taken with Canon's trusted 7dii paired with 100-400mm MK1.
Exp Bias - 0.33
Exp time 1/800
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