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 […]

November 2020 Wildlife Sightings

The early rains in October and continued intermittent showers throughout this month, meant that November was officially the start of the green season, reflected in the lush look of the photography in this month’s sightings report and an abundance of life from birds to bugs and baby mammals. Huge breeding herds of elephants continued to […]

October 2020 Wildlife Sightings

The intense heat in early October was followed by a couple of weeks with some unexpected (but very much appreciated) early rain, which took the edge of the heat and brought fresh green shoots to many of the trees that had previously looked lifeless. Despite the early rains, October proved excellent for game viewing throughout […]

September 2020 Wildlife Sightings

Our corner of the world doesn’t follow the classic seasons. Winter isn’t followed by Spring. We leap from a cold dry winter to hot dry summer and look to the skies in anticipation of the rains. This month we had one midnight rain shower, which provided some relief from the heat, but this was the […]

August 2020 Wildlife Sightings

The seasons shifted through the course of August. We moved from what felt like bitterly cold winter (in Africa terms) to temperatures that felt like high summer, with a few cloudy days toward the end of the month that provided a relief from the heat. On the Zambezi river, along with numerous waterbirds, crocodiles were […]

July 2020 Wildlife Sightings

In the heart of winter, mornings can be brutally cold, and our guides take the edge off by providing hot water bottles and blankets for our guests going out on morning game drives.  The sun warms us through during the day, and as it goes down the blankets come out again. Having had no rain […]

June 2020 Wildlife Sightings

As we head into the heart of winter, temperatures continue to drop, and the bush continues to dry up. The colours showcased in the foliage across Matetsi Private Game Reserve are remarkable. Mornings are crisp, and during the day animals and humans alike warm themselves under cloudless blue skies in the beautiful winter sun. The […]

May 2020 Wildlife Sightings

In May, the water levels in the Zambezi river peaked, and have started to fall. The sausage trees drop their giant pods into the soft mud below. Winter is certainly on its way; the days are shortening, and we don extra layers early morning and evening. As the bush continues to thin out, we have […]

April 2020 Wildlife Sightings

As was the case for the whole of mankind, the month of April 2020 was not “business as usual” for us. Though we were fortunate to be isolated from the worst of the troubles, it was a very strange and disconcerting time for everyone. We did not welcome guests, well, human ones at least – […]