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Destination…Mashatu - Land of the Giants!

Mashatu Game Reserve, home for our safari, 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…

As the largest private game reserve in Botswana, at 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 wildlife safaris are exceptional, and differ to those offered by national parks and concessionaires in other parts of Botswana. Mashatu, being privately owned land, makes driving possible in uncovered vehicles to optimise intimate wildlife viewing. Qualified professional guides are permitted to take guests off-road safely, for unhindered sightings of animals, as well as to conduct exciting night drives. 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.

During your Mashatu safari, you will be able to participate in private game drives for our group, twice daily, at dawn and late in the afternoon, when the animals are most active. Your experience will be up close and unobstructed with the custom, open-top safari vehicles complete with tiered seating.  Along with the game drives, a truly special experience awaits when we spend two sessions in a purpose built hide.

The hide was built using two large shipping containers, adapted for comfort, which have been sunk into the earth to give ground level views across a waterhole. The hide has become world famous for award-winning photographs, built to maximise the photographic potential of the animals that visit the waterhole in the dry season. With elephants, predators, antelope and birds only metres from the camera lenses, the excitement in the hide is tangible. Combine this with the customised safari vehicle and you have the best photographic offering in Africa.

Situated in the heart of Mashatu Game Reserve, Mashatu Lodge is an oasis in this arid landscape. Each suite is a haven of comfort and natural luxury, tastefully decorated to convey Africa’s essence. Large, spacious, air-conditioned suites are complemented with generous bathrooms and wooden decks overlooking the environment.

Meals at Mashatu are a celebration of traditional southern African fare flavoursome and homely. Guests enjoy meals overlooking the waterhole. Dinner is in the open air ‘boma’ around a crackling fire, complemented by a symphony of African sounds. Dine under the star-studded sky of constellations, as stories are shared about the thrills and adrenaline from another action and adventure packed day at Mashatu.

Your Mashatu – Land of Giants safari will be a photographic experience of a lifetime. Through game drives, hides shoots and processing and tips sessions, photographers of all abilities and experiences will be marvelled at the images they take home. Of course you don’t have to be a serious photographer at all, to enjoy what Mashatu has to offer. Non-photographic partners love the experience of getting so close to these giants in their natural environment and often can’t resist snapping a few shots with their mobiles.

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  • Professional photographic tuition whilst at Mashatu;
  • Return domestic flights from Johannesburg to Polokwane;
  • 5 nights accommodation at Mashatu Game Reserve;
  • Return road transfers from Polokwane to Botswana and into Mashatu;
  • 8 Game drives in custom built, open top safari vehicles;
  • 2 Hide sessions in purpose built game hides;
  • All meals at Mashatu;
  • Border crossing fees;
  • Opportunity for post-processing sessions

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