Mashatu Photographic Safari – 5 Day

Be charmed by the vast open spaces, biodiversity of wildlife, majestic skies and the tranquility interspersed with birdsong and sounds of the wild.

Located in the Northern Tuli Game Reserve of Botswana which is situated between the Tuli Safari Area, a national park in Zimbabwe and the Mapungubwe National Park, a World Heritage Site in South Africa. Mashatu shares unfenced borders with both the South African and Zimbabwean national parks in the south and north respectively. This vast area forms part of a cross boundary wildlife conservation area protecting the substantial biodiversity of fauna and flora in this region.

Experience the wilderness of Botswana, the hospitality of its people, and the splendid seclusion of Mashatu Tent Camp, which you will exclusively share with like-minded guests who also love to photograph Africa’s wildlife. Enhance your photographic skills, take photographs that you’ve always dreamed of taking and experience breathtakingly beautiful views with new friends while enjoying sundowners on Mashatu’s multitude of koppies. We will be on the search for photographic opportunities including big cats, elephant herds, eland, spotted hyenas at their den, or a troop of back-lit baboons. Fields of yellow Devil’s Thorn  can add dramatic backgrounds to any scene. With relatively few vehicles traversing the reserve, you may get to spend long periods of time at each sighting, allowing more opportunities to witness nature unfold in front of you. Photographer numbers are limited to a maximum of 6 per vehicle, allowing space for camera equipment and the comfort to move freely to get the best possible angle at each sighting. Your safari experience is enhanced by the presence of highly skilled rangers and an experienced Specialist Photographic Guide on each vehicle.

Mashatu Private Game Reserve

Mashatu is an unfenced private game reserve that lies in the heart of the Greater Mapungubwe Transfrontier Conservation Area, which stretches over Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe. Tucked away in the eastern tip of Botswana, it comprises 29000 hectares of unspoilt wilderness, characterised by an astounding diversity – not only of animals, but also landscapes, which change around every koppie, river bend and twist in the two-track. Scenic dry riverbeds cut through the Limpopo Valley’s wide open plains, dense fever-berry forests and rocky sandstone outcrops. Often referred to as The Land of Giants, Mashatu is home to eland, the world’s largest antelope; ostrich, the world’s largest bird; the largest population of elephants on privately owned land in Africa; as well as colossal Mashatu trees, which line the banks of the Majale and Limpopo rivers. It’s in these magnificent trees that the reserve’s many relaxed leopards rest during the heat of the day, resulting in some of the most iconic photos of these elusive cats you’ll ever see. Lions, cheetahs and spotted hyenas also roam the reserve, along with a myriad of smaller predators, including black-backed jackals, bat-eared foxes, honey badgers and African wild cats. Thanks to decades of experience, Mashatu’s skilled rangers find these and other creatures with astonishing ease. And having worked with professional photographers on a frequent basis, they’re always considering the best positions for photography when approaching sightings. All this, combined with largely open terrain, makes for one of the best spots in the world to photograph wildlife.

Itinerary

We arrive Mashatu, experience the wilderness of Botswana, the hospitality of its people, and the splendid seclusion of Mashatu Tent Camp, which you will exclusively share with like-minded guests who also love to photograph Africa’s wildlife.

Enhance your photographic skills, take photographs that you’ve always dreamed of taking and experience breathtakingly beautiful views with new friends while enjoying sundowners on Mashatu’s multitude of koppies.

These 3 days. we explore the land of the giants. We’ll be photographing big cats, elephant herds, majestic landscapes and everything else there is on offer in Mashatu.

We will be on the search for photographic opportunities including big cats, elephant herds, eland, spotted hyenas at their den, or a troop of back-lit baboons. Fields of yellow Devil’s Thorn  can add dramatic backgrounds to any scene. With relatively few vehicles traversing the reserve, you may get to spend long periods of time at each sighting, allowing more opportunities to witness nature unfold in front of you.

 

After a superb breakfast and sunrise, we journey back to the drop off point.

Rates:

Dates: 14 – 18 November 2019
Rates: R 23 000 pps

R 9 500 extra for single supplement

Dates: 06 – 10 February 2020
Rates: R 25 000 pps

R 10 000 extra for single supplement

More Information

Includes:
• Accommodation
•Photographic guide
• Conservation levy of $10.00 per person per night. Non-commissionable and non-vatable.
• All meals and snacks
• Game drives in open 4-wheel drive safari vehicles conducted by experienced rangers and trackers
• Transfers to and from the Limpopo Valley Airfield and the Pont Drift Border Post at scheduled times,

Excludes:
• Bar purchases at Mashatu Lodge & Tent Camp.
• Telecommunication costs
• Laundry
• Transfers to & from the Limpopo Valley Airfield and the Pont Drift Border Post outside of specified times
• Adventure activities
• Cable car transfers across the Limpopo River if required Available at Mashatu Lodge and Mashatu Tent Camp only.

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