Pete’s Pond

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Pete’s Pond offers LIVE coverage from the Mashatu Game Reserve, a wholly preserved and untainted wilderness in eastern Botswana (at the confluence of the Limpopo and Shashe Rivers).

Be on the lookout for…

It’s not mere coincidence that Mashatu is called the “Land of the Giants”, as it is home to no less than seven of Africa’s “giants” – the African Elephant, the Lion, Giraffe, the Baobab Tree, the Eland, Ostrich and the Kori Bustard.

Other species of interest may include monitor lizards, baboons, vervet monkeys, warthogs, guinea fowls, and many other bird species (like the hammerkop).

What did you spot today?

Feel free to comment below to share your latest wildlife sightings! 😉

Cheers and enjoy your virtual safari!

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130 Responses to Pete’s Pond

  1. Alexis Ramage January 31, 2018 at 6:48 pm #

    Dear Sirs

    Please help, I can’t seem to be able to hook onto Pete’s Pond. Kim devastated without Pete’s Pond. I don’t have another browser, can you help me? I’m trying to get Pete’s Pond from South Africa.

    Kind regards


    • Michael Theys February 1, 2018 at 9:52 am #

      Hi Alexis,

      As said in a previous comment (see below), Pete’s Pond is currently down. In the meantime, you can check out the cams at Djuma and Kwa Maritane:



    • Brenda Redford February 1, 2018 at 10:02 am #

      I can’t either. It says live stream offline. Is this because cameras are down or my browser. Have tried different one but no joy. 🙁

  2. Michael Theys January 30, 2018 at 6:26 pm #

    Latest news from Mashatu: “I got news from Mashatu but it was not what I’d hoped. Even with a new power supply the cam is not powering up properly. I have arranged for the cam to be sent to Djuma, where I will be over the weekend, so I can test it fully to see what is needed to get it going again. Will post another update after the weekend.” * Peter

  3. Sheri January 6, 2018 at 11:07 pm #

    Hi! Just wondering what happened to the wonderful camera at Pete’s Pond? I’ve seen before where storms have taken it out so I could assume… I’m just an appreciative regular visitor to your PP site but forgive me, I have no idea what it takes to bring that to us. Does someone have to drive/fly there to fix the camera when it goes down? Or does someone live in the cabin on a regular basis? Just curious because I love seeing all the animals. Thank you so much for all the good times. Hope to see you again soon.

    • Michael Theys January 8, 2018 at 4:00 pm #

      Hi Sheri.

      You’re absolutely right. Unfortunately the cam went down early morning on January 1 (during a storm).

      Peter Braat (from WildEarth) is waiting for a response from Mashatu on when someone will be able to go check on the cam.

      Things are not always easy in the bush (especially in such remote areas). In the meantime, you’re welcome to check out the other webcams ( Or feel free to follow the latest cam updates on their facebook page:

      Happy New Year! 🙂


      • Sheri January 28, 2018 at 12:26 am #

        Hi again Michael! Any news? I read that a power source was down. We all miss Pete’s Pond so much! Cheers 😁

    • Celia January 17, 2018 at 5:24 pm #

      What has happened to the cam? It is either not working or just recorded when it is working.

      • Michael Theys January 18, 2018 at 3:29 pm #

        Here’s the latest news about the cam @Pete’sPond, Celia (via Peter):

        “We are doing further investigations with regard to the problem with the camera. It appears that there is power at the moment but the camera is not accessible. Once we’ve done some further tests and have pinpointed the problem, we’ll be able to provide a timeline for its return.”

  4. Janine Weeks November 5, 2017 at 11:24 am #

    Just wanted to thank everyone that makes this site possible! I haven’t been able to watch/listen in a couple of months. My heart leaps with joy and awe to be able to “experience” this in real time from my own home in a suburb in New York, USA :). Just wondering if you accept donations to help keep this site running? (Or to protect these animals from poachers?) Thanks again for this 24/7 Safari!

    • Michael Theys November 8, 2017 at 7:41 pm #

      Glad you enjoy it, Janine. 🙂 We do indeed accept donations (via PayPal; donate(at)africafreak(dot)com).

      Thanks, and keep well!


    • serrana November 24, 2017 at 4:04 pm #

      porque en estas estaciones se cortan las camaras?

      • Michael Theys November 24, 2017 at 6:27 pm #

        Hay un problema técnico (a causa de un relámpago). Esperamos una solución la semana que viene. Gracias por su paciencia y fidelidad. 🙂

  5. Margie Hunter October 3, 2017 at 10:59 pm #

    Saddle billed stork?

    • Celia October 24, 2017 at 12:13 am #

      Why is this webcam not live and just recorded

      • Michael Theys October 25, 2017 at 11:36 am #

        Hi Celia. I’m working on it. Sorry for any inconvenience.

  6. Yay October 3, 2017 at 8:38 pm #


  7. Courti Weaver October 3, 2017 at 6:13 am #

    One thirsty giraffe

  8. Joanne Averette September 30, 2017 at 7:34 pm #

    Now we have a hyena.

  9. Joanne Averette September 30, 2017 at 7:19 pm #

    Very thirsty leopard today at the pond.

  10. Angel August 31, 2017 at 5:46 pm #

    The smallest crocodile that you might have seen is “fatty” the crocodile! 🐊🐊🐊🐊🐊🐊🐊🐊🐊🐊🐊🐊🐊🐊

    • Jared September 12, 2017 at 7:01 pm #

      Nothing really gong on at the pond

    • Chase September 14, 2017 at 2:51 pm #

      It’s lonely today

    • Jeff September 15, 2017 at 3:22 pm #


  11. Timothy Hannigan August 31, 2017 at 4:40 pm #

    You are right angel.

  12. Angel August 30, 2017 at 4:17 pm #

    The pond looks kinda lonely today

  13. Gwyn August 9, 2017 at 12:11 pm #

    The Egyptian goslings are growing up!

    • Addiii August 30, 2017 at 4:02 pm #

      What Time do u usually see the hyenas?

  14. Lynn July 18, 2017 at 6:36 pm #

    Too bad, no photos can be posted… That would be awesome. : )

  15. Gwyn July 9, 2017 at 11:11 am #

    Which are the turtles on the rocks?

    • Michael Theys July 13, 2017 at 10:51 am #

      Most definitely terrapins…

      • Gwyn July 14, 2017 at 9:34 am #

        Thank you, Michael

  16. Brenda Redford June 15, 2017 at 2:09 pm #

    Wow lots of elephants.

  17. Josephine Nardi May 23, 2017 at 9:48 pm #

    Just saw the croc. He’s a beauty.

    • Erin May 24, 2017 at 3:36 am #

      Just saw 3 zebra and a hyena.

  18. Brenda Redford May 19, 2017 at 10:33 am #

    Oh poot is the webcam down still? Miss seeing the animals and birds. Hope it won’t be long before it is up and running again.

  19. Clint May 6, 2017 at 11:58 pm #

    Saw a herd of wildebeest about 10 minutes ago

    • Michael Theys May 7, 2017 at 7:50 pm #

      Nice one, buddy! 🙂

    • Gerrie May 14, 2017 at 6:26 pm #

      Crock now outside waterhole and sounds like ellies on the way

  20. Josephine Nardi May 6, 2017 at 9:33 am #

    Wow, Now there’s two Jackals?

    • Brenda Redford May 13, 2017 at 7:06 am #

      Wow I’ve just seen the two jackals as well. They are beautiful.

  21. Josephine Nardi May 4, 2017 at 1:29 pm #

    Saw the jackal again this morning. He’s so skittish.

  22. Josephine Nardi May 3, 2017 at 10:16 pm #

    Saw a herd of elephants with babies. Thank you conservationists.

  23. Cathy smith April 20, 2017 at 9:04 pm #

    Seen zebra but still hopeful.

  24. Josephine Nardi April 8, 2017 at 8:27 am #

    Haven’t seen many elephants lately but lots of wildebeest and antelopes.

    • Brenda Redford April 17, 2017 at 6:15 am #

      Just seen the jackal. Obviously have to get up early to see him/her.:-)

      • Josephine Nardi May 4, 2017 at 4:57 pm #

        I saw him again this morning. He/she seems to be scared of the other animals.

  25. Van April 6, 2017 at 2:01 pm #

    Any idea how deep Pete’s Pond is at it’s deepest spot?

    • Michael Theys April 7, 2017 at 4:17 pm #

      Wish I had an answer for you, but I don’t! 🙂 Probably a few meters deep though…

  26. Brenda Redford April 5, 2017 at 7:40 am #

    Sadly haven’t seen the jackal for a couple of days. Anyone else seen him/her?

    • Deahn April 7, 2017 at 4:12 am #

      Last night…

    • Deaun April 7, 2017 at 7:18 am #

      Saw the Jackal earlier and three hyena just a few minuteseconds ago. So excited first time seeing them.

      • Deaun April 7, 2017 at 7:22 am #

        Love this site. I’m hooked. Thank you for the adventure, maybe even someday in person.

      • Brenda Redford April 8, 2017 at 10:04 am #

        Brilliant. I haven’t seen the jackal again though but will keep looking.:-)

    • Jean Brewer April 7, 2017 at 7:23 am #

      Brenda, I just saw 2 of them.. 1:20 am Eastern standard time April 7… They look like little foxes with fur coats on..

    • Josephine Nardi April 8, 2017 at 8:20 am #

      I saw the Jackal this morning. He was backing off from the larger animals, Then he laid down while some fowl were walking right by him.

  27. Brenda Redford April 2, 2017 at 10:10 am #

    I love watching this, especially as I am such an early riser. Saw the beautiful Jackal again today. So lovely. Been trying to identify a bird that I saw a couple of weeks ago. It was perched on top of one of the tree trunks. Very red head. Definitely a bird of prey of some sort. Anyone else seen it.

  28. Debbie Conibere February 9, 2017 at 2:31 pm #

    Seen Zebras and Heron (?) – so amazing, will show the kids when they are home from school, thank you 🙂

    • Michael Theys February 9, 2017 at 3:05 pm #

      “Karibu” Debbie (you’re welcome), glad you like it! Let us know when you spot some big cats! 😉

  29. Debbi January 10, 2017 at 8:02 am #

    I saw some giraffes and zebras and elephants quite a ways off… could not get a clear picture. I did see a croc earlier. And I got a picture of a wildebeest I think that’s what it is… ? I would post my picture, but don’t know how. 🙂

  30. Celia January 5, 2017 at 2:35 pm #

    On average how big is the croc. He looks quite small in the water with the terrapins but looks big out on the bank?

    • Michael Theys January 6, 2017 at 5:03 pm #

      Hi Celia. I don’t know which croc you are referring to, but generally speaking they can get really large and continue to grow throughout their lives. 2-3 m is the average size, with the largest ones reaching massive lengths of up to 7 m. Saltwater crocs are the largest species out of them all (found in Asia and Australia), and one of Africa’s largest beasts currently resides in Burundi. Gustave is a Nile crocodile that’s over 6 m long and weighs over a ton.

      • Michael January 16, 2017 at 9:47 pm #

        There is a croc in Pete s pond.

  31. Miss C B Price January 1, 2017 at 12:02 am #

    Happy new year to all involved in Africa freak. Big thank you to all staff. Been watching from the uk. Xx

  32. JOE December 13, 2016 at 12:45 pm #

    watching pete’s pond from but no chat

  33. Miss C B Price December 6, 2016 at 1:06 pm #

    Camera down

  34. Jana Grznárová November 19, 2016 at 10:35 pm #

    I see you there properly raining, and raining on us today, but we are to the cold, so I would rather be with you

  35. Jana Grznárová November 8, 2016 at 11:12 pm #

    Fascinating experience, I just watched the wonderful lions. Have you been following for about three quarters of the year and so far I have seen lions here. This was a wonderful experience and they were wonderful. Thank you Africa Freak.

  36. Jana Grznárová October 25, 2016 at 12:29 am #

    Hi Barbara, there were mongooses, something like meerkats, but larger.

  37. Barbara Anderson October 11, 2016 at 4:35 pm #

    What is that interesting little rodent (?) near rhe hut this morning.??? Three young, perhaps, pointy snouts, small round laid-back ears, striped rump, stripes going around the body and tail tip, gray and black tones, seem to be insect-eaters.

  38. Janet Patton Browning September 12, 2016 at 6:23 pm #

    It’s finally raining here…should definitely help to fill back up the waterhole here.

  39. Janet Patton Browning September 5, 2016 at 10:58 am #

    lots of deer and antelope are at the water hole here this morning

  40. Janet Patton Browning September 5, 2016 at 12:41 am #

    a lone elephant foraging in the trees, by the pond here.

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