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Seb, Erin and family arrived straight off the plane from the United States and were whisked away on a private charter to Botswana, arriving at Mashatu Main Camp just after lunch.
As has become custom at Mashatu, we were greeted by a massive herd of elephants mud bathing in the Bojale River just outside the lodge. Nothing like elephants to welcome you to Africa for the first time, and Shan getting her first safari pics with her new camera!
Mashatu has amazingly diverse scenery, and no sooner were we enjoying the ever changing landscapes, our incredible guide Kazier had found 2 lionesses and their sleepy 5 cubs.
The sightings at Mashatu continued to impress, with leopards in trees – one only spotted way too late, literally just above our chins and no sooner after Kassie has asked if leopards sleep in Mashatu (Nyala Berry) Trees – cheetah with cubs feeding on a fresh kill with cheeky jackals, many more lions and of course, plenty more elephants!
Spending a whole afternoon watching elephant after elephant come and drink at the watering hole in front of the lounge which we had all to ourselves an amazing highlight during our stay at Mashatu, but the unanimous highlight of the Botswanan safari being Kazier’s determination and perseverance, and eventually finding the hidden hyena den after the previous attempts had failed. We watched the new hyena cubs venturing curiously around the vehicle – often being far to inquisitive and frightening with their own curiosity themselves.
The staff and sightings at Mashatu were fantastic, especially being so well looked after by our ranger Kazier.
We arrived at Royal Malewane in South Africa to some very rainy and cold weather. The #BroSafari kids were quite excited to be donning their warm ponchos however!
The private royal villas at Royal Malewane are exceptional! And the only way to describe the staff that cooked and looked after everyone is ‘out-of-this-world’!
The game viewing in the Thornybush Reserve is always good, with some great sightings of lion, leopard, elephants, rhino, eventually some hippo’s for Kassie :D, buffalo and even 2 different packs of wild dogs running amok!
A massive highlight for my everyone however, was being incredibly lucky to witness two young leopards mating. It is often a privilege to be allowed into the secret lives of leopards, and we were fortunate to see and record some very unusual behaviour, but because this is a ‘family’ restaurant, and I will let your imaginations wonder on their own. The female leopard did get a little too close for comfort at one point (see pic) 🙂 making Jonas our very experienced tracker very nervous indeed.
I took my leave at Kruger International Airport and saw Seb, Erin, Ali, Rach, Shan, Kassie, Eric and Jilly onto their flight to Mozambique for a 4 night tropical beach holiday on the beautiful Bazoruto Island. Word has it they didn’t want to go home 🙂
All in all, it was an incredible safari with such a fun, amazing family! Till the next one!
“Just over a week into my safari and I wonder how I’ve changed, if at all. Certainly the experiences I’ve had and things I’ve seen have shaped me in someway. But then, as if by some ancient, unspeakable memory, I remember… it’s in my blood.”