Wildlife Report: Summer 2023-24 (November – January)

“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.” – John Lubbock There is a universal familiarty to Lubbock’s words from “The Use of […]

Wildlife Report: Spring 2023 (August – October)

In most parts of the world, Spring implies a slow thawing of the winter chill accompanied by longerdays, soft breezes and an abundance of colourful blossoms. In our beautiful corner of northwesternZimbabwe, we tend to launch head-first into summer, skipping the gentle transition almost entirelyand going straight to fierce heat and shimmering horizons. By the […]

Wildlife Report: Winter 2023 (May – July)

Winter arrived quietly this year, taking longer than usual to settle in as autumn seemed set to enjoy an extended stay in this part of Zimbabwe. We were fortunate to enjoy balmy daytime temperatures throughout the month of May, which, when combined with the thinning of the bush, created idyllic safari conditions for our guests. […]

Wildlife Report: Autumn 2023 (February – April)

We often say that Victoria Falls is a year-round destination, with different experiences to offer at different times of year. We are reminded how true this is as we reflect on the approach of autumn over the past three months; a season where the falls are at their most dramatic – giving us an impressive […]

Wildlife Report: Summer 2022-23 (November – January)

“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow fast in movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with summer.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby Just as Fitzgerald describes in his literary classic, the abrupt arrival of summer […]

Wildlife Report: Spring 2022 (August – October)

Spring is a time of change at Matetsi Private Game Reserve, as winter begins to loosen its grip on the landscape and the new season brings with it life-giving rains, steadily rising temperatures and the sight of baby animals around every corner. In August, with the warmer weather still a few weeks away, the bush […]

Wildlife Report: Winter 2022 (May – July)

Sitting down to write this report at the beginning of August, we find winter in its final throes here in Zimbabwe; the days are starting to get just a little bit longer but it remains relatively cool. Mornings can be icy but by late morning, the sun is usually shining brightly and everyone is back […]

April – June 2021 Wildlife Sightings

The more time we spend in nature, the more we see, the more we experience and the more we understand, and so we become in tune with our natural surroundings. April, May and June all offered extraordinary game viewing experiences, and although it’s not all about seeing, as the months pass since the last rains […]

January – March 2021 Wildlife Sightings

We started the year with our wildlife sightings reports as we do NOT mean to go on. Please consider forgiving the “author” for the tardiness, and that to ensure that we have January, February and March covered for this year, we have decided to compile them into one report. Thank you for your patience and […]

December 2020 Wildlife Sightings

Many gifts this festive season came in the form of wonderful wildlife sightings of all different shapes and sizes, everything from leopard in a tree with a sub-adult cub close by, through to a magnificently coloured Mopane caterpillar, almost ready to cocoon. The more time we spend in nature, the more our appreciation for her […]