The Land Of Giants – Mashatu 2021
MASHATU “Land of Giants"
Mashatu is situated in the Tuli block area at the confluence of the Shashe and Limpopo Rivers, Mashatu Game reserve is an unheralded gem in a 35000ha wilderness. Being an open, semi-arid area, game viewing is relatively unrestricted by shrub and trees. And what game viewing it is; exceptional sightings of leopard, lion and cheetah herald the large cats.
Mashatu, “Land of Giants” takes its name from the locally-sacrosanct Mashatu tree and the giants that roam the terrain. As one of the largest private game reserve in southern Africa, Mashatu is, at 25 000 ha (75 000 acres), a fitting setting for the world’s largest land mammal (the elephant) - with the largest herds on privately owned land on earth. Mashatu also provides sanctuary to the world’s tallest mammal (the giraffe); the world’s largest antelope (the eland); the world’s largest bird (the ostrich) and of course, the world’s heaviest flying bird (the kori bustard). Add the lion, the king of the beasts and the iconic baobab and you have Africa’s Big Seven.
This extraordinary place possesses an ecological diversity uncommon in other reserves. Complementing three members of the Big Five - leopard, lion and elephant - are some of the more surprising species, including the aardwolf, bat-eared fox, African wild cat, honey badger and black-backed jackal.
Recently introduced to Mashatu (as part of the Northern Tuli Game Reserve) is the endangered wild dog. Mashatu is also an ornithological paradise, and plays host to more than 350 bird species, including the enchanting lilac-breasted roller, whose plumage features no fewer than seven different shades of blue. With a landscape broken by deep lying riverbeds cutting through its rocky surface, Mashatu offers landscapes and scenery that tells of a time gone past and where giants used to once roam.
Without stealing away any luxuries, accommodation is in a tented camp situated in the northern reaches of the reserve. Twin luxury safari tents offer you a luxurious rest in bush surrounds. Each tent has two large single beds, an en-suite bathroom with flushing W.C and its own private veranda to relax on. Breakfast and lunch are served in a main dining area whilst dinner is served in an out door boma overlooking an adjacent waterhole. There is a central lounge area to relax in, a plunge pool and a bar. A hide overlooks the waterhole next to the camp. The drive from Pretoria is approximately 5 hours. On arrival at the border we will go through customs and cross the Limpopo River where a Mashatu representative will meet us. From there we will transfer on the Mashatu game vehicles to tent camp. It is an hour’s drive from the border to the camp.
Meals are a sumptuous celebration of traditional African Cuisine
Day 1 - 19 July
Arrive at OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg. You will be met at the Airport by a representative, who will transfer you to the Peermont Mondior Hotel for your one night’s stay. Peermont Mondior, JHB
Day 2 - 20 July
After breakfast you will be transferred back to OR Tambo International Airport, Please walk to the Intercontinental Hotel Lobby right accross the road from the airport, arrive time in the lobby is strictly at 10h45. The complimentary 45mins in-house road shuttle will depart at 11h00 from OR Tambo to Lanseria Airport. You will make your way to the check-in counter where a representative will be present. ETD 12h00/12h30. ETA 13h30/14h00. You will then be transferred via road to Mashatu Tent camp for your 6 nights stay.
Day 8 - 26 July
After breakfast you will be transferred back to the Limpopo Valley Airfield in time for your scheduled flight back to Lanseria. A complimentary road transfer has been arranged to take you back to OR Tambo International Airport. This is the end of the safari. When travelling to Johannesburg from Mashatu on the scheduled Angel Gabriel flight it is strongly advised that international connecting flights to not be booked before 20:00.
You will then be transferred via road to Mashatu Tent camp for your 6 nights stay. It is an hour’s drive from the border to the camp, but you will be in time for an afternoon game drive. Your guide/driver will open proceedings with short talk on what we can expect over your stay at Mashatu.
During the next few days the daily schedule will remain more or less as mentioned below, but this is entirely up to your discretion on what you would like to do when. The times are flexible and might vary slightly depending on the sunrise times, the sightings and your activities.
05h00 Wake-up and meet for coffee and a small meal/snack.
05h30 Morning game drive/Hide session.
11h00 Rest and own time.
15h30 Meet for high tea.
16h00 Afternoon game drive/Hide session.
20h00 Dinner in the outdoor boma and then retire to bed for another day of more great photography and sightseeing.
DAY 8 (20 JUL)
After breakfast you will be transferred back to the Limpopo Valley Airfield in time for your scheduled flight back to Lanseria. A complimentary road transfer has been arranged to take you back to OR Tambo International Airport. This is the end of the safari.
Date 19 - 26 July 2021
Tour starts Tambo International Airport, South Africa.
Tour ends Tambo International Airport, South Africa.
Cost p/p sharing USD $ 7,900 US Dollars
Cost p/p single USD $ 9,800 US Dollars
A detailed pre-departure document detailing climate, clothing, travel logistics, travel information, camera gear and other safari information will be sent to you a 6 weeks prior to your departure date.
THE ABOVE COSTS INCLUDE
• Meet and greet at airport in South Africa & Botswana and all road transfers.
• All local small plane flights in Botswana: Johannesburg Lanseria -Limpopo Valley Airfield (Mashatu) return
• Additional Cargo seats for additional luggage allowance. 30kg per person (including hand luggage).
• All accommodation and meals.
• Game drives in open 4 wheel drive safari vehicle conducted by experienced rangers and trackers.
• 2 x Private vehicles. Two Safari vehicles, including the PhotoMashatu vehicle.
• Transfers from Limpopo Valley Airfield/Pont drift border to Mashatu Tent Camp and back
• 4 underground photographic hide sessions.
• Conservation levies and Park fees.
COSTS NOT INCLUDED
• Visas and Vaccinations.
• Extra activities.
• Bar purchases at Mashatu Tent Camp.
• Purchases of a personal nature.
• Gratuities to staff and guides.
• International flights.
• Travel/medical Insurance.
Mashatu Game Reserve.
When travelling to Johannesburg from Mashatu on the scheduled Angel Gabriel flight it is strongly
advised that international connecting flights to not be booked before 20:00.
Internal luggage allowance as follows:
Maximum luggage allowance per person is 30 kg (including all carry-on luggage if more than one
bag and camera equipment). Maximum luggage size is 25 cm x 30 cm x 62 cm in soft (all sides)
luggage/duffel bags – with no rigid sides or wheels.
You will need to provide your own photographic equipment; lenses ranging from a wide-angle right up to a 500mm will be perfect, ideally with two camera bodies, however, this is not essential. A good tip is to have one camera with a wide-angle and the other camera with your bigger lens most probably a zoom lens as these work best. A beanbag would really help, which you can fill up at of lodge with rice, failing that there is a shop on site selling them. Also protection for your camera equipment from the dust and sand is very important, I use a shower cap on the end of my long lens, and a lenscoat cover for the rest of the lens which works perfect.