Mashatu Game Reserve is a wholly preserved and untainted wilderness in eastern Botswana, at the confluence of the Limpopo and Shashe Rivers. The ample plains range from savannah, to riverine forests, marshland, and sandstone outcrops. Mashatu, ‘Land of Giants’ takes its name from the locally-sacrosanct Mashatu tree and the giants that roam the terrain. This is where Pete’s Pond is so famously situated and where thousands of pondies reside everyday.
National Geographic used to host the LIVE camera but WildEarth took it over in May 2011. A group of ‘zoomies’ (all of whom are ‘pondies’) from all over the world take it in turns to man the camera and zoom in on the interesting things.
With a bit of patience you can expect to see anything from elephants coming for a drink to a Monitor lizard roaming the side of the Pond. And from the antics of vervet monkeys and baboons to fishing Hamerkop birds.
Things are dry in Mashatu and the pond has been busy. Three ostriches without their Ppnd Pass, several pictures of giraffes and ostriches, and some pictures of a delightful visit by the banded mongoose troop. See the Facebook photo album.
The conditions in the whole of the region are looking dry and bleak for most general game. Some consider current conditions to be similar to the severe drought that hit in 1983. Read
Game viewing the past week has been good, considering that many animals have been moving to areas where the last rain has been.Read
Located in the Northern Tuli Game Reserve of Botswana bordering South Africa. It is the embodiment of all that defines Africa. Space so open and vast, taking it all in is almost too much; an array of wildlife from the gigantic to the miniscule; majestic skies open to the universe and unfettered by smog; a quiet so loud it thrums with life; and unexpected adventure beyond the game drive with horse-back safaris, cycling safaris and walks in the wild.
Experience the lives of Africa’s big cats, as well as on of the world’s largest mammals - the elephant - through the mesmerizing Mashatu Research Programme. Watch a video.