There are 2 months I enjoy the most in this remote region of Botswana. The height of the green season in February and at the opposite end of the spectrum, August. We will be hosting a back to back workshop with South Luangwa or Mana Pools in June 2017, destinations that offer authentic and dynamic photographic experiences.
The reserve is incredibly dry at this time of year, the Mopane trees hang onto their last crippled leaves, the dust obscures the sun and the wildlife congregates along wherever water and food remain. Orange hues line the horizon, and a distanct call of a leopard at dusk sets the tone for a story of life in an arid survival game.
Myself and Isak Pretorius have just hosted a 5 day safari with a great group of guests at Mashatu. There really is nothing more rewarding than to share what we call home with others' who are experienceing wild Africa for the very first time. My highlight was when we came across a cheetah family, the very first cheetah that our guests had ever seen, and looking back towards our guests seeing nothing but huge smiles and even wider open eyes.
What a C4 Photo Workshop at Mashtu offers the photographer is not only beautiful imagery, but a portfolio that is incredibly diverse and an experience to learn about nature and how to portray it as an artist through a camera.
The colour pallette of August
With 3 tiny cubs to protect, scanning the plains for a suitable place to settle for rest during the night is one of the many responsibilities for a mother Cheetah
This is the outcome of what happens when you see cheetah cubs
A full moon sets the backdrop after an already exceptional first afternoon
Sunrise at a roost
Bad weather can always be a good thing, clouds make a difference
It is true, eye level is always better
The wilted Mopane
Our resident male lion has been busy tring to sire his 6 new cubs
The legendary Matoja
The hide experience adds so much mre to an all round portfolio
Walking up to the famous Mamagua ruins and Rhodes' baobab
We where joined by the resident Western rock Sengi's or elephant Shrews
White fronted bee eater colony
This was also the first time that I saw these 3 new additions, absolute pure joy cementing the fact why we love what we do
What do you do?
Daily presentations by Isak and I covering anything relative to wildlife photography
The quelea roost offers one of the most sensory wildlife experiences
A classic Mashatu scene
As a specialist in hunting guinea fowl, she misses nothing from the canopy above
Another end to another great day on safari with C4 Photo Safaris
One of the 6 new additions
Energy on tap