- 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.
Dear Lisa. On behalf of the three generations of the Rowland family. Thank you, so much, for organising our wonderful holiday to Botswana and the Victoria Falls. The trip of a lifetime. The week mobile camping in the bush, with our guide Nandos and his crew was a fantastic adventure. How they manage to cook such wonderful food on an open fire is amazing. The sites were constantly visited by monkeys and once by elephants. We were even lucky enough to see two packs of wild dogs, once with a kill. Waterberry Lodge on the Zambezi River is a wonderfully tranquil place. Ideal to relax after the adventures of our safari and visiting Victoria Falls. Very many thanks once again
Godfrey R reviewing Private Mobile Family Safari in Botswana on 25 September 2023
We had a great time - even with the flight between Governors and the coast being two flights and a car! We also experienced a power cut At Nairobi airport on the way home so 2+ hours late taking off. Governors. Wonderful people and dealt with the flight delay very well - taking us back and letting us know that we could stay there if the flight was delayed overnight. The game drives were excellent and our guide (Erick) obviously very experienced and managed to find all the key animals - no rhino in that part of the Masai Mara but everything else in abundance - never seen so many herbivores (many many elephants as well as all the others) as well as two prides of lions. Could not have asked for more. The ‘tent’ was excellent and comfortable and well serviced. The only ‘complaint’ would be that the food - especially dinner - could be improved (I think we got a bit bored of soup as a starter for every meal bar one) and the main courses were not at the same level as Kinondo Kwetu and while all were explained there was no choice offered. The breakfasts were just what was needed after an early game drive. Kinondo Kwetu. What a great location and the welcome when we arrived at just gone 11.00pm was better than you could have ever thought possible - they we’re disappointed that we did not at that time want the full dinner experience! The rooms we’re comfortable. The food was excellent but again no choice was offered - other than for allergy reasons (which we do not have). May be some choice would be nice. Having said that the food we did have was excellent as were the wines (albeit a short list!) and other drinks. There were (as you know) lots of facilities/sports options - but we spent our time relaxing which was exactly what we needed and there were lots of places to do that. Overall. We would go back to both places - perhaps a few more nights at Kinondo Kwetu next time but 3 nights at Governors was perfect for us. Thank you for organising and recommending both places. That you and your colleague for trying to find out about the plane (flat tyre) but communication by the flight company left a lot to be desired (Governors were furious that they were not told and had taken us to the airstrip). Phil
Philip R reviewing Masai Mara Safari & Kenya Beach on 01 September 2023
It was certainly a holiday of a lifetime for us and we loved every minute!! The standard and location of each accommodation was excellent, as was the variety of each different accommodation type. Our schedule was perfect and we managed to achieve everything on our to-do task list. Your documents were also really helpful, as were the driving directions. We all thank you for making this such a wonderful holiday. Happy to leave a review publicly if you point me the right way. Best Steve
Stephen H reviewing Classic Garden Route & Eastern Cape Safari on 01 September 2023