Mashatu Photographic Safari – 5 Day
There is a place, sacred as some might say, set within the heart of a pristine and remote landscape of red sandstone outcrops and meandering rivers, where sweeping wilds rise and fall and merge into clean horizons. The rich, natural beauty of this wilderness and its endless bio-diversity is just waiting to be appreciated by those who are fortunate enough to visit…
Mashatu wildlife safaris and adventure’s are exceptional, and differ to those offered by national parks and concessionaires in other parts of Botswana. Enjoy an underground photographic hide (seasonal optional extra) and at the end of the day share the most amazing photographs with your friends.
Mashatu is known for some of the finest predator and elephant viewing in Southern Africa, with daily sightings of Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Hyena, Jackal and African Wildcat. Other animals such as Eland, Bat-Eared Foxes, Giraffe, Wildebeest, Zebra, Warthog, Baboon, Monkeys and Kudu make the safaris interesting and diverse. The topography and biodiversity of the area are unique to Botswana, which makes it the perfect safari to compliment other safaris in Africa. Privately owned game reserves guarantee limited vehicles at wildlife sightings, where the guides are tutored to strategically position vehicles in a perfect, non-intrusive manner, to ensure the best angle for award-winning photographs..
Mashatu Private Game Reserve
Where the borders of Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa meet, exists one of the brightest stars in Botswana’s tourism universe, Mashatu Game Reserve. Mashatu is part of a greater, unpopulated wildlife area situated in eastern Botswana. Located at the confluence of the mighty Limpopo and Shashe Rivers, this expanse of pristine wilderness, is guardian to the largest herds of Elephant on privately owned land in Africa. It is here that a vast geological treasure chest opens to a diverse landscape of undulating mopane veld, wide open plains, craggy sandstone hills and boundless azure skies. This ancient, unspoiled land, studded with Baobab trees, is the perfect setting for an exciting wildlife adventure or safari.
The name, Mashatu, ‘Land of Giants’ ® originated from the locally revered Mashatu tree and the magnificent giants that roam this prodigious land. As the largest private game reserve in Botswana, at 29 000 ha (72 000 acres) and one of the largest in southern Africa, Mashatu is an appropriate setting for the world’s largest land mammal, the Elephant, the world’s tallest mammal, the Giraffe and king of the beasts, the Lion. In addition to these renowned mammals, some of the fascinating Mashatu giants include the world’s largest antelope, the Eland, the world’s largest bird, the Ostrich, the world’s heaviest flying bird, the Kori Bustard and iconic, ancient Baobab trees.
Mashatu emulates Botswana’s objective at low impact tourism, ensuring a sense of exclusivity and privilege for those fortunate enough to visit this distinct part of southern Africa. It is the authentic, wild Africa one dreams of; a medley of landscapes, wildlife, adventure and adrenaline.
We arrive Mashatu ready to experience the African wilderness of Botswana and the hospitality of its people. After settling down and lunch we will go for our first drive.
The unique seclusion of Mashatu Tent Camp, as well as the photographic experience which you will exclusively share with like-minded guests who also love to photograph Africa’s wilderness and wildlife.
An early morning call [05h30 summer and 06h00 winter] reveals a new day in Africa’s most exciting reserve. After a light snack, the early morning game drive or adventure safari begins. Explore a world teeming with the wonders of nature either in a safari vehicle. Alternatively opt for the photographic hides.
Enjoy the late afternoon, as we set out again on your afternoon and evening safari. For Sundowners in a different area to the previous day, will illustrate the huge diversity of landscapes Mashatu has to offer. Return to camp for a delicious dinner. The companionship of your fellow guests and the Mashatu hospitality staff, together with the memories of your day’s game viewing will round off another perfect day at Mashatu before you fall into bed – tired but revitalised.
These 3 days. we explore the land of the giants in search of big cats, elephant herds, majestic landscapes and everything else there is on offer in Mashatu.
After returning from our morning drive we will have a hearty breakfast and make our way to the drop off point.
Rates & Dates:
11 – 15 November 2020
R 26 500 per person sharing (including one hide session)
R 10 000 extra for single supplement
04 – 08 February 2021
R 27 500 per person sharing
R 11 000 extra for single supplement
• 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,
• Bar purchases at Mashatu Lodge & Tent Camp.
• Telecommunication costs
• 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.