Mashatu sits within the Tuli Block in a nature reserve at the remote eastern corner of Botswana bordering South Africa, where the Limpopo and Shashe rivers meet. The diverse range of habitats in this area include savannah, riverine forests, marshlands, open plains and sandstone outcrops. Resident wildlife includes huge herds of elephant, lions, giraffes, eland, cheetah amongst many others and over 350 species of birds.
Game viewing is by traditional open 4x4 vehicles in the early morning and late afternoon. There are special photographic hides by a waterhole where you can sit and watch as elephant, impala, lion and a variety of birds come to drink, and take your time to capture some superb images. Additional activities offered include walking safaris, horse back riding (for experienced riders) and mountain bike trips. The scenery is stunning and there are many historical and archaeological sites in the area too, most notably the Motloutse Ruins and the Pitsani Koppie sites.
Main Camp has 14 luxury suites all air conditioned and with a sitting area, private terrace and large, en-suite bathroom with a bath and shower. There are interconnecting suites whycih make excellent family accommodation.
At the heart of the camp is the large lounge and bar, overlooking the bushlands and waterhole. There is an outdoor infinity pool and a palm enclosed boma for al fresco dining. The discovery room has a collection of exhibits and staff are on hand to provide information about the animals and history and the research projects of Mashatu. The gift shop sells a range of locally made handicrafts, clothes and jewellery, which make good souvenirs of your stay.
Mashatu can be reached by air from Maun and Johannesburg.
Open: Mashatu Lodge is open all year.
Location: Mashatu Lodge is in Mashatu Private Game Reserve in the Tuli Block in eastern Botswana, near the borders with South Africa and Zimbabwe.
Rooms: There are 14 guest suites. All are air conditioned, have a double and single bed plus a lounge area with a day bed. The bathroom has both a bathtub and shower, and a separate toilet. Each has a large covered terrace with sun loungers. There are interconnecting suites for families.
Activities: 4x4 morning, afternoon and night game drives with a guide and tracker, guided nature walks and bird watching are supplemented by horse (experienced riders only) and mountain bike riding and wildlife watching and photography from hides.
Facilities: The lodge has a central lounge-bar and a dining room. There is an infinity swimming pool and sun deck. The discovery room is part museum part display area where you can get some background information about the region, its flora and fauna. Outdoors there's a boma with a campfire, used for open air dinners. The camp has a shop that sells attractive local crafts, jewellery and clothes. There is 24-hour electricity and a laundry service (pay locally for laundry).
Dining: Most meals are eaten at individual tables, though dinner in the boma is a group affair, often accompanied by displays of singing and dancing.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome, and intetrconnecting suites can easily accommodate families. Certain restrictions apply to children under five years in terms of activities.
Health: This is a malaria area.
Communication: There is free Wi-Fi internet access in some public areas.