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MASHATU GAME RESERVE

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Mashatu Game Reserve in the Tuli nature reserve, Botswana, is a veritable treasure chest, offering something for everyone! Choose between luxurious and elegant accommodation within the Main Camp, or the more rustic experience of the Tent Camp. Mountain bike, horse and walking safaris add depth to the traditional African safari experience. Game viewing at Mashatu is abundant with daily sightings of Africa’s finest – The Land Of The Giants!

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MASHATU MAIN CAMP

In 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.

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, unspoilt 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, whilst 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 personalised. 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 unspoilt Africa or the quiet luxury of the camps, you will not be disappointed.

14 Suites = 28 guests
1 B-grade room = 2 tour leaders

MASHATU MAIN CAMP is the larger and more luxurious of Mashatu's camps.

Completely refurbished during 2002/3, the camp offers 14 tastefully and authentically decorated suites. Each suite is furnished with either two three-quarter beds and a day bed, or two double beds and 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 savoured under the magnificent African night sky and around a blazing fire. A well appointed curio shop complements the facilities.

The "piece de resistance" at Main Camp is the Discovery Room: 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.

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MASHATU MAIN CAMP AMENITIES

  • 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

8 twin tents = 16 guests

Nestled 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 W.C. facility. There is an open sided thatch deck where meals are served and a traditional boma for intimate campfire 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.

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MASHATU TENT CAMP AMENITIES

  • 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.

DAY ADVENTURE ACTIVITES

Please note: as the activities listed below are operated by concessionaires, the rates are subject to change.

In addition to the 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 scientist’s 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 the scientists or concessionaires will be available.

IVORY DRIVES

Mashatu has the largest free roaming, flourishing elephant population on private land in Southern Africa. Join our resident elephant specialist and researcher, Jeanetta Selier, 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 Jeanetta has come to know so well over the years. Getting right up close and personal with these fascinating pachyderms enables guests to learn more about their behaviour, their complex social structure and their communication skills.

PREDATOR DRIVE

Andrei Snyman, who is based on Mashatu Game Reserve, is the predator researcher of the Northern Tuli Game Reserve. His study specializes in the lions and leopards of this area. Andrei has extensive experience working with large carnivores, covering aspects such as capture, radio tracking, monitoring and censusing. For the last few years Andrei has been studying the lion population dynamics in the Kruger National Park, South Africa. Andrei is currently running the Northern Tuli Predator Project and conducting a lion research project focusing on the socio organisation of lions in Tuli. In order to subsidise his research, Andrei conducts interpretive drives where a more detailed insight into the predators of Mashatu is offered. For a contribution to his research endeavours, join Andrei on an afternoon predator research drive where he will share with you the extraordinary life of leopards and lions from a researcher’s perspective, as you search for these charismatic large predators. Come and experience for yourself a few hours in the life of a predator researcher and learn how Andrei aims to better understand the King-of-Beasts and the Prince-of-Stealth.

WALKING TRAILS

The 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.

MOUNTAIN BIKE SAFARIS

For 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.

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.
Note: this is a fast, advanced ride - only experienced riders permitted.

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