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Mashatu Lodge

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7/10

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Highlights

- Abundant wildlife
- Superb hosting
- Comfortable suites

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Overview

Mashatu Lodge is a substantial, luxurious property within the private Mashatu Game Reserve, in the Tuli area of southeast Botswana. Close to the Majale River, this charming accommodation is tucked away amidst a lovely oasis, teeming with wildlife. The large adjacent waterhole attracts elephant, antelope, lion, and even cheetah and leopard, along with a plethora of vibrant birdlife. Excellent hosting, good facilities, immaculate grounds, and high quality cuisine combine to create a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere unusual for a lodge of this size. Although it is possible to fly in from Maun (Botswana), the reserve borders South Africa and transfers from Johannesburg are much easier, with guests arriving either by self-drive, organised road transfers, or by air. The nearest airport to Mashatu is Limpopo Valley, about half an hour’s drive away.

The main areas are simply but tastefully decorated, with striking African fabrics and wildlife photography. Beyond reception, a central shady outdoor area features a good-sized pool, and the restaurant, bar, and lounge overlook the well-frequented waterhole. An African ‘boma’ provides a cosy setting for evening drinks around the fire. Entertainment facilities include a TV room, a curio shop, and a Discovery Centre featuring historical and zoological exhibits. Although somewhat unreliable, complimentary WiFi is available in the main areas.

The lodge’s 14 delightful suites extend out from the main areas in a line, with suites 14 and 15 located closest to the central areas, and facing the waterhole. Every suite is spacious and exceptionally comfortable, all with a double and a single bed, as well as a lounge equipped with a single day bed. A large ensuite bathroom features both bath and shower facilities, along with a separate toilet.

An excellent variety of safari activities is on offer, including sensational game viewing on horseback, by mountain bike, on foot, or as part of day and/or night game drives. Friendly and attentive guides keep guests entertained and well informed, and spending time in Mashatu's hide, with its up-close sightings including predator encounters, is a real highlight.

All 14 suites can comfortably accommodate children, making this a great choice for families travelling together in groups. The Children's Club is a fantastic resource recommended for, but not exclusive to, children aged 4-12 years of age. Under constant supervision, children can partake in animal trivia and games, a game walk around the grounds identifying plants and birds, cultural workshops, and pool games. Should parents wish to relax in the boma in the evening, babysitting and movie time services are available. Note that children not booked into the club should remain under parental supervision at all times, since the pool is unfenced, and the lodge is open to wildlife wondering through.

Mashatu Lodge will entice any traveller seeking the thrill of the Mashatu reserve's superb wildlife viewing opportunities, coupled with a touch of luxury in a beautiful waterside setting.

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 511 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • Hello Lisa. We came back from our trip two weeks ago now so I am sending this email much later than I wanted to. Nevertheless, what I wanted to say was thank you very much for helping us organise an amazing trip. Our days in Mafia Island to celebrate my 50th birthday were exactly what I wanted them to be: a fantastic time with the family doing activities that we all love and enjoy in a relaxing, unusual, beautiful place full of sun, surrounded by water, wildlife and friendly people. We swam with whale sharks, did a lot of snorkeling, had two picnics on a beautiful sand bank, watched the sunset over the sea, did a bird watching excursion and tried scuba diving.
    All merit to you because Pole Pole in Mafia Island was your recommendation. I never heard of Mafia Island before and didn't consider Tanzania to start with. It was an amazing place to stay: friendly, relaxed, beautiful, comfortable, with great food and fantastic service. Thanks not only for finding the place but also for your patience as we prepared the trip and I explored options and decided what I wanted. All went incredibly well (places, transfers, flights) and we had a very memorable time together that we will all remember forever - as we still do the safari trip to South Africa you organised for us 5 years ago.
    I cannot wait to plan another trip! I am already thinking about where and when. Hopefully no pandemic will get in the way this time. And I will come to you as my favourite travel agent.
    I copy in this message the Tourdust office because I want them to know how good you are and how much I appreciated the different trips you organised for us (including the trip to India for my parents that was cancelled due to Covid). I cannot thank you enough :o)
    Kind regards, Carol

    MissingCarolina O reviewing Relaxed Bush & Beach Family Holiday in Tanzania on 25 November 2022

  • Hi Lisa
    It was a fantastic experience, thanks very much. All the arrangements were seamless and our guiding/support team were excellent, if there is a way for you to formally commend the team to your ground operators then I would be grateful if you could do that, they really were brilliant.
    Many thanks for your help in arranging the trip, and for your patience during the multiple re-arrangements over the past couple of years.
    Kind regards, John

    MissingJohn B reviewing Mount Kenya Sirimon Naro Moru Trek on 14 November 2022

  • Can't praise tour dust enough, they helped us to create a holiday of a lifetime that has given us family memories we will treasure forever. From start to finish the whole experience was exactly what we wanted and more. Due to covid we waited 2 and a half years for this trip but worth the wait.
    Carly

    MissingCarly R reviewing Value KwaZulu-Natal Safari and Mauritius on 07 November 2022

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