Mashatu Game Reserve – Botswana. The Land Of Giants, Predators And Wildlife Adventure Just Across The Border!
Mashatu, Botswana, Safari, Wildlife
Botswana really is an amazing place to
visit. A thriving country producing valuable diamonds, and from the high-powered
business hub of Gaborone, to the incredibly unspoilt getaways in its many
wildlife preservation areas, it is, without a doubt, a land of great contrasts.
It offers a smorgasbord of things to do
and see, like vibrant cities, cultural villages, places of historic interest,
top level accommodation and wildlife galore! Host to the famous Okavango Delta
waterways and the Chobe National park, it also has one of Africa’s best kept
secrets - the Mashatu Private Game Reserve!
Many international tourists have never
even heard of it, but this is one of Africa’s finest game preservation areas
and the locals know it as the ‘land of the Giants’ because of the massive
Baobab trees littered throughout its landscape and its impressive elephant
is Mashatu Game Reserve?
Mashatu is located within the Northern
Tuli Game Reserve in Botswana right at its North-Eastern edge, where it borders
with South Africa and Zimbabwe.
The reserve is located just across the border
from South Africa. Direct road travel to Mashatu is not a problem, as Botswana
and South Africa have excellent road networks. Direct daily charter flights are
available from Johannesburg to Polokwane and onwards to the reserve.
Photographer’s Dream Come True…
Game Reserve is famous for wildlife photography and a mecca for serious
wildlife photographers. This is essentially because it is different, with a
different kind of landscape. Being an unfenced reserve, the feeling of wilderness
is immediate, yet it is the openness of the terrain, coupled with the relaxed
animals, that make it such an excellent photographic destination.
many other reserves have long grass and thick bush, Mashatu often has lions and
leopard sightings in clear openings, making for great photo opportunities!
Mashatu is a semi-arid area which means animals are attracted to water in the
dry season from June to October, making the professional photographic ‘hides’
that Mashatu have created in front of waterholes, an excellent location to
allow animals to come to you!
What’s Special And Different About Mashatu
Wildlife - The combination of large predator sightings, the most relaxed elephant
population in Africa and the very large assortment of over 350 bird species,
makes Mashatu the destination of choice for game viewing. Having a breeding
herd of elephant come right up to your vehicle and surround you completely is
quite an amazing – and quite scary, sensation. Safety is always a first concern
though, with top professional tour guides and game rangers, so one has nothing
Safari Activities - Mashatu is different though, in that they offer a
lot of extra adventure-focused activities, knowing that not everyone wants to
spend all their time in the 4 x 4 vehicles viewing game. Mashatu’s substantial
elephant population has created a myriad of elephant trails that criss-cross
Mashatu as the large mammals move between feeding grounds and water. These
trails, mostly a meter wide, are traversed almost daily by the herds of
elephant and it is on these trails that Mashatu’s adventure safaris take place.
So, they also offer:
Photographic Underground Hides - PhotoMashatu has pioneered the concept for photography
in southern Africa, of an exclusive concession to provide dedicated
photographic hides within Mashatu Game Reserve. Guests can sit quietly and
watch animals moving directly towards them, all the while taking pictures from
unique angles, resulting in exclusive and exceptional quality photography.
hides are structures built at a waterhole to maximize the photographic
potential of the animal subjects that visit them. These hides can be used to
view wildlife in the normal manner but have been positioned with consideration
of the angle of the sun, the background, and the angle the viewer occupies in
relation to the animals and birds. A professional wildlife photographer will
accompany participants to the hides. They are close at hand to tutor aspiring
and experienced photographers in camera work techniques, which will enhance the
quality of their images.
offers guests access to two hides, Valley Elephant Hide and Matebole Elephant
Guided Walking Safaris – A great chance to combine
exercise and a focus on the smaller and no less interesting creatures of
Mashatu, often missed when out in a vehicle on safari. Walkers are fascinated by the little, interesting
aspects of the bush like tracks, plants, insects, etc.
Mountain Bike Safaris – Adventure lovers can take
a mountain bike safari in the company of an armed and experienced guide. On a
bike, the cyclists are, in effect, conducting their own safari and get to enjoy
the reserve and its inhabitants from a completely different perspective.
Horse Safaris – ‘Limpopo horse safaris’ on Mashatu is
recognised as having the best specially trained ‘safari horses’ in Africa. It
is a thrill to feel these majestic animals transport you as you view the
animals of the wilds! NB: This
is an advanced ride for experienced equestrians only and children under 12 are
We hope this has whet
your appetite to head to Botswana to
experience the Mashatu magic. The ‘land of Giants’ awaits you and we at Jewel of Africa
can arrange tailor made packages to suit your pocket, availability and choice
of destinations. For example, a visit to Botswana can be combined with a trip
to the famous Mala-Mala reserve in Sabi Sands and the iconic Kruger National
What a feast of
incredible game viewing that would be! Contact us – anything is
possible. Africa awaits you – let us make it and unforgettable experience!