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Mashatu Camp

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7/10

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Highlights

- Magnificent, prolific wildlife
- Wonderful hosting
- Authentic bush camp experience

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Overview

Located within the private Mashatu Game Reserve in the Tuli area of southeastern Botswana, Mashatu Tented Camp lies 5km north of the Mashatu Main Camp. Offering a more intimate experience than its larger counterpart, this small and sociable retreat is discreetly hidden away within an area of light woodland, opening out onto plains teeming with wildlife. Fantastic hospitality, expert guiding, and superb wildlife viewing combine to deliver a warm and friendly atmosphere in a truly authentic bush setting. 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 camp’s main areas are open-sided, with cool stone floors under a thatched roof. There’s a small lounge area, a bar, and a long communal dining table. Superb home-cooked meals are shared together either here, or in the ‘boma’ overlooking the floodlit waterhole. Sun loungers surround a small but enticing plunge pool offering refreshment from the intense summer heat, and guests can enjoy the humbling experience of sitting quietly in the camp’s hide to enjoy the resident animals undisturbed in their natural habitat. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available within the lounge area, though as might be expected in an area this remote, this can be patchy.

Accommodation consists of eight classic safari tents raised on concrete platforms nestled amongst the trees. Though connected by winding pathways, the units are well-spaced for privacy. Inside, all are well-appointed, spacious and comfortable, with outdoor ensuite bathroom facilities including a flushing toilet and hot shower. A fan keeps the room cool, and a safe and a hairdryer are also provided. A laundry service is available at additional cost.

Free from any national park restrictions, expert guides offer morning and evening game drives in this magnificent reserve with its imposing baobab trees, and rich birdlife. Home to a particularly large population of free-roaming elephants, thrilling encounters abound, along with some superb photography opportunities. Lion, giraffe, eland, and ostrich can also be seen, with possible sightings of the more elusive leopard and cheetah too.

Part of the camp’s charm is its peaceful, grown-up atmosphere and although families are welcome, children below the age of 12 are not permitted. In contrast, the nearby Main Camp offers a much better family provision, including an excellent, extensive Children's Programme. Given the wild nature of this remote camp where animals are free to roam, children must remain under close parental supervision at all times.

Mashatu Camp will suit adventurous travellers seeking a genuine safari experience, with some delightful creature comforts thrown in.

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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