Mashatu Photo Safari


2019 Mashatu Photo Safari
May 5, 2019
Per Single Guest (8.75)
Spaces left: 6
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Highlights

  • The Safari begins at OR Tambo International airport(Johannesburg) and can either end back in Johannesburg or Mala Mala
  • 2 Wild Eye Photographic Guides
  • No Single Supplement
  • 2 Days Photographic Hide Tuition
  • Exclusive Use of Luxury Tented Camp
  • 8 Private Tents
  • Local Flights Included (Johannesburg, Polokwane, Limpopo Airfield and Return)
  • Option to Fly Direct to MalaMala Private Air Strip After the Safari, for the Wild Eye MalaMala Symposium
  • Maximum of 6 Guests, Intimate Group Size
  • 3 Guests & 1 Guide Per Vehicle
  • 30 Minutes Drive from Main Camp, Intimate Bush Experience
  • Well-Populated Floodlit Waterhole in Front of Camp
  • Diversity of Landscape and Animal Species
  • Excellent Predator and Elephant Viewing

Departures

May, 2019

Dates: May 5, 2019 - May 9, 2019
Guide: Alistair Smith & Michael Laubscher
Cost: 8,750.00 USD Per Person
Single person supplement: None
Deposit: 50%
Max number of Photographers: 6

2019 Mashatu Photo Safari
May 5, 2019
Per Single Guest (8.75)
Spaces left: 6
Spots
Per Person Cost
Total Cost
8.75
8.75
Booking Your Safari ...
Success!
Thank you for booking your Wild Eye safari. We look forward to changing the way you see the world and will be in touch soon.

Description

Mashatu Game Reserve comprises 29 000 hectares (72 000 acres) of privately owned land in the conserved wilderness area known as the Northern Tuli Game Reserve. The reserve lies in the eastern extremity of Botswana where the great Limpopo and Shashe Rivers converge.

This exceptionally diverse landscape includes wide open plains, grassland, riverine forests, rocky hills, marshland and majestic sandstone ridges.

Mashatu, or “Land of Giants”, takes its name from the locally sacrosanct Mashatu or Nyala berry tree, and the giants that roam its terrain. These magnificent dark green trees, which are found along the rivers in the reserve, provide refuge, shade and food to a myriad wildlife.

The magnificent cultural landscape in which the Northern Tuli Game Reserve and Mashatu is located, is jointly conserved by Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe. This part of southern Africa is steeped in culture and history, and apart from its impressive variety of wildlife species, is also home to some of the most significant paleontological and archaeological remains on the subcontinent.

Biodiversity

Mashatu, which is one of the largest privately owned game reserves in southern Africa, avails a sanctuary to the largest herds of elephant on privately owned land on the continent. In addition, due to the exceptional diversity of landscapes of the reserve, Mashatu enjoys an ecological biodiversity uncommon in other game reserves. Three members of the Big Five, namely leopard, lion and elephant are complimented by some lesser well-known, but interesting, species, including the aardwolf, the bat-eared fox, the African wildcat, the honey badger, eland, caracal, spotted hyeana and the black-backed jackal.

For those interested in bird life and bird photography, the reserve is home to more than 350 bird species.

Location

The Mashatu Game Reserve is situated at the confluence of the great Limpopo and Shashe Rivers in the remote eastern corner of Botswana. This area is known historically as the Tuli Enclave and it is here where the three countries; Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe converge.

Alistair Smith - Mashatu Map

The Camp

Eight completely private tents are tucked under the branches of enormous trees, accessible via meandering pathways. The tents themselves are spacious, and comfortable. Each tent is mounted on a concrete platform and has its own private outdoor en-suite facilities, including flushing toilet and shower.

Meal times are shared either in the open-air thatched gazebo, or in the boma overlooking the floodlit, well-populated waterhole. The sturdy and shaded camp hide also overlooks the waterhole, and here guests can sit quietly and witness animals going about their day, completely unaware that they are being watched. A truly humbling experience.

Daily Itinerary

Day 1:

  • Fly from JHB to Polokwane (customs clearance stop), then continue on to Limpopo Valley Airfield
  • Transfer from airfield to Main lodge, and an onward 30 minute vehicle transfer from Main Lodge to Mashatu Tented Camp
  • Arrival at Mashatu Tented Camp for warm welcome and check-in, following which you will be shown to your rooms to freshen up for lunch / afternoon tea service
  • Head out on the first afternoon safari (16:00) with experienced rangers and trackers
  • Return to the camp for dinner

Day 2 – Day 4:

  • Early morning wake up call, followed by a light snack and morning game drive
  • Return to camp following morning game drive for full brunch service
  • Spend the day at leisure, or work on Lightroom post-processing with our on site photographic guides
  • Lunch service, followed by departure for afternoon game drive
  • Return to camp for dinner

Day 5:

  • Early morning wake up call, followed by a light snack and morning game drive.
  • Return to camp following morning game drive for full brunch service
  • Check out and departure from Mashatu Tented Camp for Limpopo Valley Airfield
  • Limpopo Airfield to Polokwane, Polokwane – JHB; OR Limpopo Airfield to Polokwane – MalaMala

 

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