Mashatu Photo Hide

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Mashatu Photo Hide

Mashatu photo hide.

The Mashatu team refers to the elephants of the area as Giants, this statement is so very true. The elephants of Mashatu are huge, healthy, and beautiful. These stunning animals roam the plains, hills, river bottoms, and savannah of the reserve with food and water always on their mind. Elephants love water, they love to swim, play and bath in the many natural water resources of the area. When it comes to drinking water, elephants much prefer clean pure sources and will travel long distances to obtain clean pure drinking water. The hides in the mashatu provide this much desired  water source and attract huge herds of elephants. This is an experence for both photographers and non photographers to enjoy, however the opportunities to create unique and creative photography in this stunning wild environment are a true gift.

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Mashatu photo Hide. African Elephant

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The Antalope.

The herds of Impala that reside in the mashatu area are the largest I have encountered. A single herd can easily number in the hundreds, a sea of legs, ears and big brown eyes. Impala are amazing to watch, they love to play. During the cooler parts of the day Impala take part in a tradition of dance and play that I have only witnessed Impala do. Commonly known as stouting and pronking, Impala partake in a game of running and jumping that is beyond amazing. Jumping at times five to six feet in the air, running in large circles, chasing  each other and darting from side to side as if they were rehearsing for the Ballet. I can only assume that this beautiful dance is a type of practice, lesions for both young and old, in how to avoid and escape the many predators that prey upon them. I sometimes wonder if impala ever get any rest. When these little and fragile antelope come the the water hole, it is quite the lesson in attentive behavior. The slightest noise, movement, or smell can send them running, and it's all or nothing. If one member of the group is alerted or spooked, they all go. 

All at the same time, ears, eyes, noses, on full alert and at full speed, Impala are the true security force of the bush. It can take what seems like hours for a herd of Impala to approach a water hole, every step is carefully planned after the area is completely scanned, smelled, and listened to. The slightest noise will bring the impalas ears to full erect status, a stare in the direction of the softest sound can last for several minutes. Once the antelope is reassured of safety, another step and another scan of the area is taken. This goes on and on till the Impala herd has finally reached the water. The process of smelling, listening, and looking continues while drinking. I am actually quite surprised that the predators that hunt them have any success. These petite little antelope are masters of survival in a world where they are surly on the meal ticket of many animals.  

The Photographic experience from the hides of Mashatu is surly a photographic encounter like no other. The opportunity to photograph wildlife from ground level is one of the biggest attraction to the Mashatu hides. Photographing from ground level places the animals above you, above eye level. Unlike the Safari vehicles, where the photographic angle will be at eye level or in some instances where you will be photographing from above the animal, the hides are placed at below ground level. This angle is unique and rewarding. In addition to the unique camera angle in proportion to the animal, the hide also presents the photographer with a completely different perspective of the background. Allowing for more sky , especially on days where the clouds have blessed you with beautiful shapes and colors, it can add a completely new look to your wildlife images. Another unique and wonderful experience about photographing from the hide is that the wildlife comes to you. Unlike being in a safari vehicle where your presence is more obvious to the wildlife, in the photo hide the wildlife is in a more natural state of being. 

Just relax, sit back and enjoy Mother Earth. The Mashatu Photo hide is a place to fall into nature, to be a part of all that is going on around you. A time to breath deep, be observant, and see nature at its most natural. Animals taking part in the life giving activity of drinking water is a gift that only the few will ever have the Privilege to experience and photograph. 

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Mashatu Photo Hide. Impala

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Join us in October at Mashatu with Bob and Dawn Davis photography workshop.