After a night of strong winds, we were unsure of what the morning would hold for our regular Matabole Hide session. We set off from the lodge before dawn into the crisp morning air, all wrapped up for our 30min drive towards the hide. As the sun slowly rose where excited to see the many puffs of scattered cloud cover slowly illuminate creating a fantastic backdrop to what we hoped would be a great hide session.
On arrival to the hide we set up our camera gear, we even experimented with a more artist approach to shooting with a Go Pro that we had lodged inside the waterhole. All set up and ready to go, and right on queue an elephant bull arrived. The bull gave us a good show before meandering off back into the Mopane. He most certainly set the tone for the morning with great birds following pursuit, as well as, herds of impala, a troop of baboons, a terrapin and a shy squirrel.
Feeling very content with our morning spent at the hide, we decided to head back to camp for brunch. Jokingly we mentioned between us that all we needed to top off an already top class morning in the bush would be a leopard ... and in true Mashatu style a leopard we did see!
|Clouds making a perfect backdrop for the morning activity|
|Elephant bull arrives|
|Go Pro experimenting|
|Some bird action|
|Very chuffed with a productive morning spent at the hide|
|An impala giving a baboon the stink eye while he drinks from the waterhole|
|Impala on mass|
|Our cherry on the top, a leopard on the way back to camp|
Text By: Ruth Nussbaum
Photographs By: Kyle de Nobrega