Mashatu Lodge

Situated in the Northern Tuli Game Reserve of Botswana, bordering South Africa, Mashatu Game Reserve is a privately owned conserved wilderness area comprising 29,000 hectares (72000 acres). Here the great Limpopo and Shashhe Rivers converge and the diverse landscape includes grassland, wide open plains, rocky hills, riverine forests, marshland and majestic sandstone ridges. Mashatu or 'Land of Giants' is a sanctuary to the largest herds of elephants on privately owned land on the African continent. It is also home to the world's tallest mammal, the giraffe, the world's largest bird, the ostrich, the world's heaviest flying bird, the kori bustard and the world's largest antelope, the eland. Add to this the king of the beasts, the lion and the iconic baobab tree and you have Africa's big seven land based giants. Being a private reserve, activities are extremely varied, including day and night game drives, walking safaris, hiking, mountain biking and horse-back safari.

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Mashatu Lodge offers 14 luxury air-conditioned suites which are tastefully decorated and include impressive black and white prints of Africa's most beautiful animals. Ample en-suite bathrooms come with both bath and shower facilities and a separate W.C. To accommodate families, the rooms offer a double bed and an extra-large single bed together with a seating area that includes a single day bed. French doors open onto a shaded veranda.

Meals at Mashatu Lodge are a celebration of traditional African cuisine and home cooking. Evenings are enjoyed around the fire in the outdoor boma under a starlit sky overlooking the flood-lit waterhole. When guests are not on an activity they can relax around the lodge's large swimming pool or under the thatched veranda.

A unique feature at Mashatu Lodge are the dedicated photographic hides, some of which are mobile so they can be sited according to water levels in the riverbeds and waterholes. Here guests can sit quietly and witness animals going about their day, completely unaware that they are being watched. Resident photographers are on hand to offer tuition.

This part of southern Africa is steeped in history and a must-see during at stay at Mashatu Lodge is the Discovery Room, a museum of all things Mashatu, past and present. Here you will see amongst other things, displays of archaeological artefacts, a collection of Boer War remains found on Mashatu, reconstructed skeletons and the findings of the predator and elephant research that has been conducted on Mashatu.

Getting There

Either a flight from Johannesburg to the city of Polokwane followed by a 2-hour road transfer or a light aircraft flight from Johannesburg to Limpopo Valley Airfield on Mashatu (twice weekly).

Activities

Game drives, walking safaris, horse safaris, photographic hides and cycle safaris.

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