- Abundant wildlife
- Superb hosting
- Comfortable suites
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.
It was FANTASTIC! Beautifully organised, everything worked like clockwork. We agreed that we had the best support team ever (and we have experience) - all delightful, very professional and nothing was too much bother.
It clearly couldn't have been a better route, such a wonderful mix of landscapes. And plenty of acclimatisation time. Nonetheless, I was glad of my summit oxygen.
Kit excellent. Double good mattresses made for most comfortable trek camping ever. Tents v good. Mess tent pretty windproof, which was vital for enjoyment. Best camp loo ever!
My favourite day was Shira Cathedral. Amazing.
William M reviewing Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route on 15 April 2020
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
Level of service, quality of food throughout
Catherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019