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We invite you to join us on our #MashatuGreenSeasonSafari
We are very excited to introduce our first safari in Botswana! Join us for 5 unforgettable days in Mashatu Game Reserve, undoubtedly one of the most scenic and diverse game reserves in Africa.
A LITTLE TASTER
THE LAND OF GIANTS
We’ll be photographing big cats, elephant herds, majestic landscapes and everything else there is on offer in Mashatu.
Who is this Safari for?
Whether you take photos with a smartphone, compact camera, DSLR, or just your eyes, everyone is welcome.
Species diversity in scenic summer surroundings!
Mashatu receives most of its rainfall between November and March each year and, like most arid areas, tends to transform from harsh to lush each summer. Greenery and yellow devil’s thorn flowers carpet the landscape, impalas and wildebeest babies have dropped, migratory birds such as white storks and carmine bee-eaters grace the skies, and fresh pools of rainwater provide attractive natural waterholes for creatures big and small.
Mashatu’s underground hides are usually unproductive at this time of the year so we’ll spend our time exploring the reserve on open Land Cruisers instead, enjoying the reserve’s stunning scenery adorned with relaxed elephant herds and general game, such as baboons, giraffe, eland and zebras. Much of our time will be spent searching for lions, leopards, cheetahs, spotted hyenas and the numerous other smaller predator species that call Mashatu home.
Summer in Mashatu brings incredible transformation to the landscape. The dusty open plains of winter evolve into fields of yellow. If you’re lucky enough to be there over that period the possibility of spotting an animal walking amongst the Devils Thorn flowers is a photographers dream.
It’s all about the details.
Thinking of joining us at Mashatu for an unforgettable experience?
Lets take a look at some of the details.
What to Expect:
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.
On each drive we will be on the search for photographic opportunities such as big cats, elephant herds, eland, spotted hyenas at a den, or a troop of backlit baboons. The fields of yellow Devil’s Thorn add dramatic backgrounds to any scene. With relatively few vehicles traversing the reserve, we often get to spend long periods of time with each sighting, allowing us more opportunities to witness nature unfold in front of us.
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.
We love Botswana & can’t wait to share it with you!
Other Photographic Opportunities:
Bird photography, dramatic landscapes and the chance of spotting more elusive species, such as African wild cats and bat-eared foxes.
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.
Just a five-and-a-half hour drive
from Johannesburg, South Africa.
LEOPARD LOUNGING IN A MASHATU TREE
15 – 19 February 2019
R24500 / person sharing
R6500 / Single supp
R6500 / Single supp
10 of 12 spots left