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Botswana Safari

Mashatu Game Reserve & Safari Camps

Tuli Game Reserve, Botswana

The magnificent vistas in the Mashatu Game Reserve, Botswana
Return to Map of Tuli                     Image © Mashatu

View images of Mashatu Main Camp: Mashatu Main Camp Images
View images of Mashatu Tent Camp: Mashatu Tent Camp Images
View images of Mashatu Mountain Biking, Walking & Safari Activities: Mashatu Safari Activities
Information on Mashatu Horse Safaris: Limpopo Valley Horse Safaris

MASHATU MAIN CAMP RATES: Mashatu Main Camp Rates
MASHATU TENT CAMP RATES: Mashatu Tent Camp Rates

MASHATU MAIN CAMP, MASHATU TENT CAMP - MASHATU GAME RESERVE, TULI, BOTSWANA

Mashatu Game Reserve, Tuli Reserve, BotswanaIn the remote eastern corner of Botswana, at the confluence of the Limpopo and Shashe rivers, lies an area known historically as the Tuli enclave - a diverse wilderness of savannah, riverine forests, marshland, open plains and sandstone outcrops. It is here that the largest of the Rattray Reserves is situated - Mashatu Game Reserve. The name is derived from the magnificent Mashatu trees, which occur throughout this immense tract of privately owned land. Mashatu is also the home of no less than seven of Africa's giants: the African elephant, the lion, giraffe, the baobab tree, the eland, the ostrich, and the kori bustard. It is fitting therefore, that some 75,000 acres / 30,000 hectares of pristine game land, be set aside for these unique, prodigious features of this exhilarating continent.

Map of Mashatu Game Reserve: Map of Mashatu

Mashatu Game Reserve, an area of history and legend, offers some of the most exciting game viewing in Africa. It is a place of exceptional beauty where one can explore the rugged, unspoiled African landscapes either in the comfort of open 4-wheel drive vehicles, on a walking safaris, on mountain bicycles, or horse back, guided by expert rangers and experienced trackers. In addition to the game experience, Mashatu offers a view of Africa, unchanged since the days of early visitors such as Kipling, Selous and artist/explorer Sir Thomas Baines. Historic and archaeological sites abound; notable are the Motloutse Ruins and the Pitsani Koppie sites.

The excitement of Mashatu has not changed over time. It is still home to large herds of elephant, prides of lion and cheetah. Along the river courses, huge Mashatu trees provide shade for eland, impala, wildebeest, giraffe and zebra, while at night, the bat-eared fox, African Wildcat and the magnificent leopard search for prey. Some 366 species of birds may be seen. Mashatu Game Reserve proudly provides a refuge for the largest, single population of elephant on privately owned land in Africa. Known as the relic herds of Shashe, these elephants are the last living testament to the great herds that once populated the meandering Limpopo valley. Today, the population on Mashatu Game Reserve alone, is estimated to number in excess of 500.

The wildlife experience at Mashatu is personalized. Dedicated, experienced Tswana rangers and trackers are keen to show you their world. Radio-linked 4-wheel drive vehicles, groups of mountain bicycles or horses set out at dawn and again at dusk in search of the diverse variety of fauna and flora which abound throughout the reserve. Whether you visit Mashatu for the excitement of the big game viewing, the relaxation of unspoiled Africa, or the quiet luxury of the camps, you will not be disappointed.

Accommodation
MASHATU MAIN CAMP            For images of Mashatu Main Camp, click Mashatu Main Camp Images
Mashatu Main Camp is the larger and more luxurious of Mashatu's camps.

Mashatu Main Camp - Gin Trap BarCompletely refurbished during 2002/3, the camp offers 14 tastefully and authentically decorated suites. Each suite is furnished with two three-quarter beds, a day bed, expansive en-suite bathroom with shower, bath, his and hers basins, and a second W.C.

A private lounge area overlooks the unfenced surrounding bush and 24-hour temperature control completes the comfort of each suite. Mashatu Main Camp is elevated around a waterhole and offers excellent game viewing opportunities from within the camp itself. The dining area, stunning day lounge and "Gin Trap" bar provide diverse lookouts from which to enjoy and appreciate the environment. Facilities within the camp include a swimming pool, an air-conditioned lounge and dining room and a lala-palm enclosed African boma, in which sumptuous dinners are savored under the magnificent African night sky and around a blazing fire. A well appointed curio shop complements the facilities.

The "pièce de résistance" at Main Camp is the Discovery Room: a base for the scientific research conducted at Mashatu and a magnifying glass though which the animals and history of Mashatu can be examined. A fascinating insight into the world that is Mashatu - the Land of the Giants.

Mashatu Main Camp offers a fully air-conditioned conference room, with seating for up to 48 delegates “Boardroom Style” and includes: VCR and TV monitors, overhead projectors, slide projectors, screens, flip charts and white boards. No additional charge is levied for the use of the conference room.

Children’s Policy And Rates - Age restrictions do exist and are applied in the interests of personal safety as well as the comfort of other guests. At Mashatu Main Camp, children of all ages are welcome but those aged five and under are not permitted to dine in the boma or to be taken on game drives, unless their parents have reserved sole-use of their safari vehicle. Special dining arrangements can be made and baby sitting services are provided on request at a nominal charge. Family rooms and triple rooms are available upon request. Children under 12 years of age, sharing with full paying adults, pay 50% of the quoted adult tariff.

Main Camp Facilities
• Capacity = 28 guests.
• 14 Luxury double/twin suites.
• En-suite luxury bathroom per suite.
• Purified water.
• Lala-Palm enclosed boma where dinner is held under the stars.
• Facsimile, telephone and e-mail facilities available at the border post.
• 24 - hour electricity (with standby generator).
• Safari Boutique.
• Maximum number of guests per game viewing vehicle is 7.
• 24-hour temperature control.
• Insect proof screening on all windows and sliding doors.
• Separate tour guides accommodation (B grade).
• Insect repellent supplied in all bedrooms and on all vehicles.
• Laundry service.
• Safari Bar featuring an international selection of beverages.
• Discovery/Educational Centre.
• Full range of guest amenities.
• A limited number of mountain bicycles for participation in cycling safaris.

MASHATU TENT CAMP            For images of Mashatu Tent Camp, click Mashatu Tent Camp Images
Mashatu Tent Camp - TerraceNestled in the remote northern area of the reserve lies Mashatu Tent Camp. With never more than sixteen guests, this idyllic getaway provides accommodation in the form of eight twin tents. Although rustic in character, every facility is provided. The tents are insect-proofed, have comfortable beds and each has an en-suite shower and bathroom. There is an open sided thatch deck where meals are served and a traditional boma for intimate camp fire dinners. This camp also contains a very welcome plunge pool. Your total comfort is the priority of your hosts. While on game drives, you will be taken care of by your ranger and on your return, the camp staff will gladly attend to your every need.

Suites - No suites are available at Mashatu Tent Camp.

Children’s Policy And Rates - Age restrictions do exist and are applied in the interests of personal safety as well as the comfort of other guests. We regret to advise that no children under the age of 12 years are allowed at Mashatu Tent Camp. There are no family rooms available at Mashatu Tent Camp.

Tent Camp Facilities
• Capacity = 16 guests.
• 8 twin bedded tents.
• En-suite shower facilities.
• Full range of guest amenities.
• Insect proof screening in the tents.
• Insect repellent supplied in all tents and on all vehicles.
• Purified water.
• Filtered plunge pool.
• Lala-Palm enclosed boma where dinner is held under the stars.
• Facsimile, telephone and e-mail facilities available at the border post.
• Safari Bar featuring a selection of beverages.
• Safari Boutique.
• Fans in the tents.
• Limited solar power.
• Hide overlooking a floodlit waterhole.
• A limited number of mountain bicycles for participation in cycling safaris.
• Maximum number of guests per game viewing vehicle is 8.

Activities            For images of Mashatu Activities, click Mashatu Safari Activity Images
In addition to game drives conducted in 4 wheel drive safari vehicles by experienced rangers and trackers, Mashatu Game Reserve is also able to offer activities conducted by research scientists and concessionaires based on Mashatu Game Reserve. The applicable fee assists in the funding of the scientists’ research.

We suggest that these are pre-booked prior to arrival at the camps to ensure availability of the activity. On site reservations may be made on check-in at the camps, but no guarantee can be given that activities will be available. Please note the rates below are subject to change at any time.

Ivory Game Drives
Ivory Game Drive at MashatuMashatu has the largest free roaming, flourishing elephant population on private land in Southern Africa. Join the resident elephant specialist and researcher on a morning drive to learn more about these amazing creatures. Learn how to identify, as well as age and sex the different herds, which have become so well known over the years. Getting right up close and personal with these fascinating pachyderms enables guests to learn more about their behavior, their complex social structure, and their communication skills. (Min 2 pax / Max 8 pax)
Rates valid from 01 April 2006 until 31 March 2007: US$35.00 per person per morning drive

Archaeological Drives
Archaeological Drive at MashatuVisit the Mmamagwa ruins on the Motloutse River. Here you can explore ancient civilizations, long forgotten by modern man, and relive this bygone era. These trips include a visit to Solomon's Wall, exploration of the archaeological site, and a walk to the top of Mmamagwa Hill. Pottery, beads and stonewalls dating back a thousand years are visible at the site. These ruins, only available to guests staying at Mashatu Game Reserve, are of the same dynasty as the famous Mapungubwe Ruins, a World Heritage Site in South Africa where the sacred Golden Rhino was discovered. (Min 2 pax / Max 8 pax)
Rates valid from 01 April 2006 until 31 March 2007: US$35.00 per person per afternoon drive

Mountain Bike Safaris
Mountain Bike Safari at MashatuFor the more adventurous - join a mountain bike safari and see the bush from a completely different perspective. The experienced rangers will accompany you as you pedal your way along ancient elephant paths. The exhilaration of cycling amongst the “Giants of Mashatu’ is awesome and a lifetime experience. Early morning and late afternoon rides are available. (Min 2 pax / Max 8 pax)
Rates valid from 01 April 2006 until 31 March 2007: US$35.00 per person per ride

Horse Safaris            Jump to Limpopo Valley Horse Safaris: Limpopo Valley Horse Safaris
Limpopo Valley Horse Safaris"Take a ride on the wild side." A horse safari in the Land of Giants will arouse the explorer in you. Allow the spirit of your horse to carry you in rhythm with the African beat, to return you to an age-old Africa. Join Limpopo Valley Horse Safaris for a morning or afternoon ride from Fort Jameson Camp on the Limpopo River.
Note: this is a fast, advanced ride - only experienced riders permitted. (Min 1 pax / Max 8 pax) (includes transfers to / from Fort Jameson)
Rates valid from 01 April 2006 until 31 March 2007: US$45.00 per person per ride

Predator Game Drive
Predator Game Drive at MashatuThe reserve's resident cat expert studies the movement patterns of the Mashatu's leopard population. Join him on a Predator Drive to track down and follow these elusive animals with advanced telemetry equipment, whilst the sun sets over the African bush. Learn more about the Leopard study, as well as the ecology and behavior of all the large predator species that call Mashatu home. This is an opportunity to spend the afternoon and early evening hours with one of the world’s most attractive cats, while at the same time funding a project of great importance to leopard conservation. (Min 2 pax / Max 8 pax)
Rates valid from 01 April 2006 until 31 March 2007: US$35.00 per person per drive

Walking Trails
Walking Safari at MashatuThe Land of Giants offers an African experience ranging from the biggest to the smallest, from the obvious to the subtle, when walking with an experienced ranger and trail guide. Paul Grobler worked as a trails guide in the Kruger National Park and is now based at Mashatu and is available to offer guests a fascinating insight into the biology and ecology of the area. (Min 2 pax / Max 8 pax)
Rates valid from 01 April 2006 until 31 March 2007: US$20.00 per person per morning walk

Kgotla Evening
Kgotla Evening at MashatuEnjoy a magical evening under the stars in the “Kgotla”, the log-enclosed, open-air boma (an African tribal court that has been rebuilt on Mashatu). After an afternoon spent exploring the ancient Mmamagwa Ruins (exposing the seat of African civilization of almost 1000 years ago, pre-dating the Great Zimbabwe Ruins), enjoy sundowners under the gigantic baobab tree which stands majestic over the endless African plains beneath.

You will return to the Kgotla and feast on a hearty meal prepared over an open fire. This outdoor experience offers an evening at one with the elements but with the comforts of a WC and hot showers. As the day reaches its’ end, reflect on your experience as you drift into slumber amidst the orchestra of sound of our true Africa .
(Must be booked in advance and in conjunction with an activity / Max 8 pax)
Rates valid from 01 April 2006 until 31 March 2007: US$45.00 per person per night

Mapungubwe Day Trip
The flat topped hill of Mapungubwe, proclaimed a National Monument in 1984, is an archaeological heritage site that will tantalize you with tales of royalty, gold and mysterious artifacts discovered near ancient burial sites. Some of the world’s oldest rock art (dating back AD 1050) is on view in this area. Research revealed Mapungubwe to be the predecessor of the illustrious lost civilization of Great Zimbabwe. There are various walks in Mapungubwe National Park, beautiful views of the confluence of the Limpopo and Shashe rivers, and interesting archeological diggings.

Recently proclaimed a World Heritage Site, Mapungubwe will become part of the Transfrontier Park, which includes South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana (including Mashatu Game Reserve). Enjoy a guided tour of Mapungubwe including a picnic brunch at one of the magnificent lookout points over the confluence of the Shashe and Limpopo Rivers. Guests will be transferred from Mashatu to meet their guide at the Pont Drift Border Post at 09h00, returning to Mashatu at approximately 14h30 in time for the afternoon game drive.
Rates valid from 01 April 2006 until 31 March 2007: US$150.00 per person (Min 4 pax)

Wildlife
Leopard at Mashatu Game ReserveMashatu Game Reserve, an area of history and legend, offers some of the most exciting game viewing in Africa, with large herds of elephant, prides of lion, plus leopard and cheetah. Along the river courses, huge mashatu trees provide shade for large herds of eland, impala, wildebeest, giraffe and zebra, while at night, the bat-eared fox, African wild cat and the magnificent leopard search for prey.

Some 366 species of birds may be seen. Mashatu Game Reserve proudly provides a refuge for the largest, single population of elephant on privately owned land in Africa. Known as the relic herds of Shashe, these elephants are the last living testament to the great herds that once populated the meandering Limpopo valley. Today, the population on Mashatu Game Reserve alone, is estimated to number in excess of 500.


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