Arrival & Departure Times from Pont Drift Border Post/Limpopo ValleyAirfield – 13h00
Catering Requirements – Please inform our reservations department of any special dietary requirements. Please also advise the department if any guests will be celebrating a birthday or special occasion while visiting.
Cheque Payments – Cheques are not accepted at any of the camps at Mashatu.
Climate – The climate over most of southern Africa is temperate, although hot, dry conditions are usually encountered in the Tuli region. Heavy summer thunderstorms of short duration in the late afternoon and early evening may be expected. Rain usually occurs during the summer months – between October and March. Click here for a more detailed weather report.
Conference Facilities – Mashatu Lodge (Main Camp) has a fully air-conditioned conference room that seats up to 22 delegates “boardroom style”. Included is a VCR, TV monitors, overhead projectors, slide projectors, screens, flip charts and white boards. No additional charge is levied for the use of the conference room.
Credit Cards – Master Card and Visa Cards are accepted for Pula (Botswana’s currency) transactions at Mashatu Game Reserve, while American Express is only accepted when paying with ZAR (South African Rand). Diner’s Club Cards are not accepted.
Dress code is safari casual. Be sure to bring a sweater which may be needed at any time of year. During the winter months (May to September) very warm clothes, including a windbreaker or anorak, are essential.
What to Take:
• Anti-malarial prophylactics are essential all year round. Consult your doctor or pharmacist.
• Comfortable walking shoes, sun hats, sunglasses and sunscreen.
• Cameras and binoculars.
• Summer: lightweight clothing and swimwear, warm clothing for game drives.
• Winter: light clothing for daytime, very warm insulated jackets for game drives.
Drinking water – all water in the camp is filtered to the highest standards, and is guaranteed perfectly safe for consumption.
Game Drives – around the 29 000 ha (75 000 acres) Mashatu game reserve are conducted in an open four-wheel drive safari vehicles. The rangers are in constant radio contact with one another in order to keep informed about the location of the game. Headsets are used in order not to upset the sounds of the African bush. Besides elephant, lion, cheetah, leopard and hyena, more prolific game such as giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, eland and a variety of antelope, as well as the nocturnal animals like springhare, bat-eared fox, civet cat, genet cat, honey badger and mongoose, are prevalent throughout the reserve. Birdlife is prolific and Mashatu Game Reserve has recorded over 366 different species. The four-wheel drive safari vehicles allow rangers to leave the road ensuring that guests get to view game up close ensuring lasting memories and fabulous photographic records. Night drives, with the aid of powerful spotlights, allow visitors to experience Africa while the rest of the continent sleeps.
Health – Malaria is a low risk threat in the Northern Tuli Game Reserve region, and people entering the area should consult their doctors regarding anti-malarial prophylactics.
Parking at Pont Drift Border Post – Please note that the South African police at Pont Drift Border Post will request sight of a certificate of registration in respect of all motor vehicles including a letter of authority from the rental company in the case of rental cars and from the owner of the vehicle in the case of company vehicles both giving the respective drivers permission to take the vehicle through the border post (even if parking at the border post).
Power supply – 220 V A.C. current is available 24 hours a day.
Rangers & Trackers – The guides and trackers are Tswana men from the region who have both a natural instinct as well as an intimate knowledge of the bush. These guides average 13 years on Mashatu and are ‘career guides’. They are thoroughly trained in all aspects of ecology and are therefore able to impart valuable information and priceless insight – adding richness to your safari experience.
Sole-use Vehicles – The sole use of a vehicle can be arranged on request at Mashatu Lodge (Main Camp) only and is subject to availability on check-in. The sole use of these vehicles is charged per empty seat per day out of six up to a maximum of 5 empty seats.
Swimming pool – both camps have filtered swimming pools.
Temperature control – Temperature control is available 24 hours a day throughout the year, ensuring cooling during the summer (October to April), and winter (May to September) when temperatures drop below 10C. Please note that air-conditioning and heating is not available at Mashatu Tent Camp.
Tour Leader/Pilot/Driver/Guide Policy – Accommodation for a bona fide tour leader, pilot, driver or guide is available in Mashatu’s B Grade accommodation at the Mashatu Lodge (Main Camp) and the Tent Camp. This reduced rate covers accommodation and meals only and does not include game drives and/or any other special activities available to full-paying guests at the camp. However we will make every effort to ensure that our tour leaders accompanying a party are included in all such activities.
Transfers – Transfers between the camps and the Limpopo Valley Airfield or Pont Drift Border Post are done by road, and the number of guests in the various camps and their flight schedules dictates the transfer times. Charges are not levied for the transfers (via open or enclosed safari vehicles) to or from Limpopo Valley Airfield to connect with scheduled flights or from the Pont Drift Border Post at the rendezvous time of 13h00. In the event that the Limpopo River happens to be in flood, a nominal fee will be charged for the use of the cable car to cross the Limpopo River. Transfers out of the normal scheduled times will be charged for.
Travel Documents – a valid passport is obligatory if travelling from outside Botswana with a re-entry visa for South Africa for some nationalities.
Please be advised that Botswana Immigration no longer accepts temporary or emergency passports. There are no exceptions to this and you will be turned away at the border should you not be in possession of a valid passport. Please note that South Africa requires that with effect from 1 October 2014, all children under the age of 18 travelling to/from South Africa should be in possession of an unabridged birth certificate. Where only one parent is travelling, an affidavit for the child to travel is required from the remaining parent.
The following nationalities NEED a visa to enter Botswana:
Bosnia & Herzegovina
Central African Republic
DRS – Democratic Republic of Congo
São Tomé and Príncipe
United Arab Emirates
*This list is a guideline only. Visas are ultimately your responsibility and Mashatu Game Reserve cannot be held accountable for failure to obtain the necessary travel documentation.
VAT is payable in Botswana. 12% is levied against the price of most goods, services and hotel accommodation. Foreign tourists qualify for a VAT refund on items purchased and taken out of the country on departure. No VAT refund may be claimed on goods consumed or services rendered.