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