Botswana less visited
Mashatu offers visitors something a little different to the rest of Botswana, a contrasting experience, if you will.
Up until recently the norm has been to visit this area from South Africa, often as part of a self-drive itinerary. That’s all changed now – there are scheduled flights from Johannesburg and Maun which fly directly into Limpopo Airstrip. You will be collected from the airstrip by your Mashatu guide and driven the 45 minutes or so to camp.
The privately owned Mashatu Game Reserve (29,000 hectares) lies within the NOrthern Tuli Game Reserve, where the Limpopo and Shashe Rivers converge. The landscape is as beautiful as it is diverse with rocky hills, steep sandstone ridges, grasslands, open plains, riverine forests and marshland.
Mashatu means ‘Land of the Giants’ so called after the Nyala berry tree and the high number of elephants that roam the land. The reserve is home to the largest number of elephant on privately owned land anywhere on the entire African continent! There are plenty of giraffe too, but that’s just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Leopard, lion and a myriad of antelope are often sighted but there are more unusual inhabitants too.
Bat-eared fox and aardwolf are counted amongst those who make themselves at home here along with the tough and resilient honey badger, African wildcat and black-backed jackal, if you’re really lucky you may get to see one of our favourites, a pangolin.
Mashatu doesn’t disappoint birders either. Over 350 bird species have been recorded including Africa’s largest flying bird also Botswana’s national bird, the Kori bustard, the aptly named hamerkop (hammerhead) and numerous raptors such as bateleur eagle and the iconic African fish eagle – don’t forget your binoculars.
“All good things are wild and free” H.D. Thoreau
As well as game drives, you can explore the reserve on foot, by bike or on horseback. One thing is for certain, the vast skies and wide-open spaces of Mashatu will have you captivated. In addition to the amazing wildlife, it’s the scenery, the tranquility, the birdsong and the beautiful night sky that will draw you in.
Accommodation is at Mashatu Tent Camp which offers and authentic tented safari or the more luxurious Mashatu Lodge. Coming soon (2020) is Euphorbia Villas for those wanting a more intimate and private safari experience.
If you would like to include Mashatu in your Botswana holiday, the please contact one of our Botswana Specialists and they will be only too happy to help.