Wildlife & Animals – Mashatu GR

Anthony Ham
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By Anthony Ham

Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the 'Botswana & Namibia' guide.

Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of the 'Botswana & Namibia' Lonely Planet guide.

Anthony is the author of the 'Botswana & Namibia' Lonely Planet guide.

Mashatu offers great wildlife viewing. Big herds of elephant make their daily appearance at the dry riverbeds to find some puddles of water. This is one of the best places to get close to these giants and observe their behavior and interactions. Leopard is often tracked along the riverbeds and off-road through the bush.

Abundant
Common
Occasional
Rare
None
ElephantAbundant
GiraffeCommon
HippoOccasional
ZebraCommon
LionOccasional
LeopardOccasional
HyenaOccasional
Wild DogOccasional

Wildlife Highlights

Wild dogs were re-introduced into the reserve and have established extremely well. Sightings are hit-and-miss, but when you do see them, you can follow the pack and spend a couple of hours, hopefully witnessing a kill or some family bonding. The most impressive of several antelope species is the stately greater kudu. The males with their big corkscrew horns can sometimes be found in a deadly fight.

Best Time for Wildlife Viewing

Mashatu has seasonal wildlife viewing. The best time is in the dry winter months, from May to September, when water is scarce and animals gather to drink. At this time the vegetation is thinner, making sightings easier.

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