Mashatu is home to over 1000 elephant and these creatures have created a myriad trails across the reserve which forms the trails for much of our adventure tourism. The elephant use these trails to access water, food and shade and they are invariably well worn, smooth and perfectly maintained. Because the herds of elephant on Mashatu are breeding herds and therefore young calves are invariably present in the herds, these elephant trails tend to meander around obstacles making it much easier for the elephant youngsters and the adventurers amongst the Mashatu guests.

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horse back safari“Take a ride on the wild side.” A horse safari in the Land of Giants will arouse the explorer in you. Allow the spirit of your horse to carry you in rhythm with the African beat, to return you to an age-old Africa. Join Limpopo Horse Safaris for a morning or afternoon ride.

Limpopo Horse Safaris operates as a concessionaire on Mashatu Game Reserve. The area is perfect for riding; good going with natural ditches and logs to jump gives an exhilarating ride. Regular game sightings not only of the elephants and cats but also of antelopes, wild dogs, jackals, bat eared foxes, giraffe and the occasional canter with zebras and wildebeest across the plains leaves you with unforgettable holiday memories.

horse safariThe option to ride on a ‘camp wild’ experience is possible where these horse safaris comprise a 7-day journey on Mashatu. Alternatively guests accommodated at Mashatu Lodge or Tent Camp have the opportunity to participate in a morning or afternoon horse safari. This is a fast advanced ride for experienced riders only. A riding “test” will be conducted prior to the horse safari and anyone not deemed to be experienced enough will not be allowed to continue on the horse ride.

A very early transfer from the camp to rendezvous with Limpopo Horse Safaris will be arranged. It is advisable to pre-book this activity prior to arrival at Mashatu to ensure it is available.





Adhoc Rides from Camp:

2016 – $75.00 per person per morning / afternoon ride (max 8 pax)

2017 – $ 80.00 per person per morning / afternoon ride (max 8 pax)

Multiday Adventure Horse Safaris

2016 – £325 to £400 per person per night vary depending on the safari (min 2, max 8 pax)

2017 – £345 to £415 per person per night vary depending on the safari (min 2, max 8 pax)


For guests staying at Mashatu Main Camp or Mashatu Tented Camp, there is an opportunity, for the more adventurous, to join a mountain bike safari and see the bush from a completely different perspective. Experienced rangers accompany the cyclists as they pedal their way along ancient elephant paths.

Cycling amid the “Giants of Mashatu” is an awesome, once-in-a-lifetime experience, and the mountain bike safaris are tailored to suit the fitness and strength of the riders. Rides are conducted in the early morning and late afternoon.

Mountain bikes, cycling helmets and water bottles are available at Mashatu.


Valid to 31 December 2016
US$ 55.00 per person per ride

Valid to 31 December 2017
US$ 60.00 per person per ride

(Min 02 pax & Max 08 Pax)

Please note no children under the age of 12 years are permitted on mountain bike excursions.


MTB SafariCycle Mashatu – an independent company – offers a unique 4-day mountain biking getaway in the Mashatu Game Reserve, a big game area within the Northern Tuli Game Reserve of Botswana.

The Cycle Mashatu Wilderness Trail provides an extraordinary opportunity to ride at leisure along ancient elephant migration paths, cycle through vast herds of wildlife and to sleep under starlit African skies. Join them for this unforgettable wildlife biking experience in Mashatu, the “Land of the Giants”!

The distance, pace and routes are tailored to each group. The aim is to ride 4-5 hours per day, covering 30-40kms (20-30 miles). The pace is generally easy going with regular game sightings, and scenic picnic stops.

Duration: 3 nights, 4 days
Start/end: Pont Drift Border Post, South Africa
Rates: $300.00 per person per day Valid until 31 December 2016; $325.00 per person per day Valid until 31 December 2017

Departures: Tuesdays and Fridays, throughout the year. (This activity closes from November to March each year.)

Please note no children under the age of 12 years are permitted on cycling safaris.


Day 1: Meet at Border – Ride to Wilderness Camp

Cycle Mashatu staff will be awaiting your arrival at the Pont Drift border, Botswana. Change into your cycle gear (facilities available) and then saddle up and ride for about 2 hours to your first nights’ accommodation, a rustic wilderness camp in the heart of the Mashatu Game Reserve. Our guides will take care of transporting your luggage.

Cycle Mashatu’s wilderness camps are set up prior to your arrival and offer comfort without distracting from the wilderness experience. The meals are prepared on an open fire, and the hot water bucket showers and ice cold drinks all add up to make for a memorable night in the African bush.

Day 2: Explore

Awake at dawn to freshly brewed coffee and a light breakfast, then saddle up to explore unchartered landscapes. Today we discover why Mashatu is called the “Land of the Giants”. The ± 30km route (20 miles) is a mixture of rocky outcrops, sandy river beds and smooth flowing single track which have been carved through centuries of migrating elephants. We’ll break for coffee and muffins en route and arrive at camp in time for lunch.

After a lazy afternoon at camp, we finish off this day with a game drive through the bushveld and a delectable meal around the camp fire.

Day 3: Ride to Kgotla

Today’s ride is in a northerly direction on well-worn elephant trails with a gentle ascent out of the Limpopo Valley. We turn west and ride through the “Valley of the Elephants”, then continue towards the Motloutse River where sandstone ridges provide a beautiful backdrop. Distance approximately 35km (22 miles).
Tonight’s accommodation is the Kgotla camp, an open-aired “boma” and traditional meeting place under majestic Mashatu trees. Enjoy an afternoon of relaxation followed by a short bush walk and a final epic sundowner.

Day 4: Departure

Today we wake up at leisure to a hearty breakfast and then we depart by vehicle to the Pont Drift border. We’ll arrive around 11h00, bringing this epic African adventure to an end.

Then it’s time to say farewell and prepare for the nostalgia to settle in…

Optional Add-on Day 4:We highly recommend that you book an extra night at Mashatu Main or Tent Camp, and take the opportunity for a chance to view the reserve’s wildlife at close quarters from a game-viewing vehicle.

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The Adiridas team takes a mountain bike safari through the Mashatu Game Reserve in Botswana.
(Featured are: Andrew Taylor, Hans Rey, Mads Andre Haugen, Joscha Forstreuter, and Phil Sundbaum.)

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Camp Wild Experience: Click here to view the Cycle Mashatu BikeLife video.

Click here to download the CycleMashatu “Khumo-Trail” Presentation (4.1MB)


The Mashatu Game Reserve or “Land of the Giants” offers a multi-dimensional walking safari experience. Choose between a dedicated 2 or 3 night walking safari staying in wilderness camps or a ½ day walking trail whilst staying at Mashatu Lodge or Mashatu Tent Camp.

  • Accompany one of Mashatu’s walking experts
  • Witness the habits of the wild animals of Africa
  • Learn about the hidden secrets of nature
  • Find the smaller hidden creatures
  • See how the eco-system involves the inter-relatedness of species
  • Track down an animal from its footprints


On a walking trail the focus is more holistic than purely big game. Although many opportunities arise to view big game, the focus is on the little, often overlooked aspects of the bush – tracks, plants, insects, etc. A walking safari is an awakening of all the senses. You are a part of the environment – not merely a spectator on a safari vehicle. There is no better place to enjoy a walking safari than in this diverse and mammoth piece of Africa – The Land of the Giants.

Valid to 31 December 2016:
US$50.00 per person per morning / afternoon walk (Min 02 pax & Max 08 Pax)

Valid to 31 December 2017:
US$55.00 per person per morning / afternoon walk (Min 02 pax & Max 08 Pax)

Note: children 8-12 must be accompanied by a parent.
Children 12 and above can go on their own.
No children under 8 years of age.


The western sector of Mashatu, which includes the Motloutse River and the Mmamagwa Ruins, offers incredible vistas characterised by the large sandstone outcrops in the area. The Mmamagwa Ruins are the sister ruins to the more famous Mapungubwe Ruins on the southern side of the Limpopo River in South Africa, and provide a fascinating insight into the early indigenous people of the Limpopo Valley. The Motloutse River is famous for being the river in which diamonds were first discovered in Botswana and which resulted in this country now enjoying the highest GDP per capita of any country on the African continent.

This spectacular part of Mashatu can be experienced through walking safaris over 2-3 days in the company of Stuart Quinn, an extremely qualified, experienced and interesting guide.


Stuart Quinn runs the walking concession for Mashatu Game Reserve.  He is an excellent bio image 2field guide and tracker with a wealth of experience and knowledge.  He has lived and guided trails in the Tuli area for over 10 years.  Stuart has been a nature guide since 1992 and has logged over 3000 encounters on foot with the Big 5.  He has been actively involved in the darting, collaring and relocation of 60+ high profile species including rhino, leopard, lion, wild dog, elephant, buffalo, hyaena and cheetah. Stuart has a lifelong passion for all things related to nature and one of his greatest enjoyments is imparting his knowledge to others.  He is an all-round naturalist and finds the smallest insect as fascinating as the largest tree.   His passion and his infectious laugh is highly contagious and guests always walk away with a deeper understanding of African wildlife and conservation as well as memories and experiences which they will never forget.

Age 39

FGASA Level 3 guide
Tracker – level 4 professional tracker

First Aid Medical Qualifications:
First Aid – Level 5
Professional Rescuer – CPR
Wilderness First Aid Support

Weapons Qualifications:
NQF4 – Use of a rifle
SAPS competency Rifle and Handgun
Advanced Rifle Handling

THETA Guiding Qualifications:
Guiding NQF6
Tracking NQF6


3 Day / 2 Night 4 Day / 3 Night
Day 1:
PM: Motloutse River (5 – 8 km)
Day 1:
PM: Motloutse River (5 – 8 km)
Day 2:
AM: Mmamagwa (12 – 14 km) PM: Eagle Rock (6 – 8 km)
Day 2:
AM: Mmamagwa (12 – 14 km) PM: Elephant tracking (6 – 10 km)
Day 3:
AM: Limpopo River (10 – 13 km)
Brunch and showers at Serolo Camp before departure
Day 3:
AM: Eagle Rock and brown hyena dens (8 – 10 km) PM: Tracking excursion (6 – 10 km)
Day 4:
Limpopo River (10 – 13 km)
Brunch and showers at Serolo Camp before departure


Valid to 31 December 2016:
US$300.00 per person per night

Valid to 31 December 2017:
US$325.00 per person per night

  • The above rate is inclusive of all meals, accommodation and activities.
  • Minimum of 2 people, maximum of 10 people.
  • No children younger than 12 are permitted, and groups with children younger than 16 will not actively track dangerous game.
  • A US$ 40.00 per person one way (maximum 6 pax) transfer fee will be levied for transfers to and from the Pont Drift Border Post to the walking safari camps.
  • Due to extreme heat during November, December, January and February, walking trails during these periods are discouraged.
  • The Kgotla will only be guaranteed from April to October due to the possibility of rain outside of this period.
  • Should rain be predicted, Mohave Camp or Serolo Camp will be utilised instead.


Kgotla: Based on an old tribal court comprising leadwood logs constructed in a circular boma, guests sleep on comfortable camp beds around a central fire. Hot showers and flushing toilets are available.

Serolo Safari Camp: A comfortable safari tented camp on the floodplain of the Limpopo River.

Mohave Camp:A permanent trails camp available for walking trails only.

For further information, reservations and enquiries please contact Mashatu Reservations directly:

Telephone: +27 31 7163440     Email:   Website:

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