Mashatu Game Reserve

Kolokolo Safari Home

Located on the banks of the Limpopo River

Located on the banks of the Limpopo River, Kolokolo is a luxurious and newly renovated safari home designed for exclusive-use.

2024

Exclusive Use (Fully Catered) Home

*Min 2 nights stay required

Max 8 guests sharing

From $ 7360

Kolokolo is situated in the Pitsani area of the Northern Tuli Game Reserve, operated and managed by Mashatu Game Reserve. It is an ideal spot for a group of friends or family to enjoy the best of two worlds – an exciting game reserve experience and having the privacy of a luxury bush stay.

This safari home lies elegantly upon a tranquil garden that spans to the banks of the Limpopo River. It boasts four en-suite bedrooms on either side of a large communal area with a spacious lounge and dining room. A mesmerizing fireplace is the central feature of the communal area, with stacking doors leading out onto a wrap-around veranda; providing ample space for outdoor dining and quiet spots for unwinding.

A beautifully fitted kitchen allows for easy food preparation with family and friends, with a private chef ready to prepare wholesome meals.

A game viewing vehicle and guide are present for morning and evening game drives, allowing you to experience this beautiful and extensive area of the Reserve.

The outdoor braai and boma area offer an intimate setting under the stars with the calming sounds of the Limpopo River.

The reservoir swimming pool provides the perfect spot to cool off and watch the wildlife around the river.

Kolokolo is powered entirely by solar energy – greatly enhancing the low-impact credentials of this special home.

STORY BEHIND THE NAME​

“When deciding what to call our newly renovated homestead we wanted to reflect an element of the locality. We thought about Rudyard Kipling’s ‘Just So’ stories and recalled a mention of the Limpopo River. This was the story of the Elephant’s Child which seemed appropriate considering the number of elephants we have within the reserve. Reading through the story we discovered the Kolokolo bird – a fantasy creation – which was the only creature willing to guide the elephant’s child in his quest to discover what the crocodile ate. We loved the name and settled upon ‘Kolokolo’.”

– Margaret Lansdown

Included in your stay

Located on the banks of the Limpopo River, Kolokolo is a luxurious, newly renovated Colonial-style safari home designed for exclusive-use.
Exclusive-use
Dedicated team and private chef
All meals, snacks, teas, coffees and drinks
Guided game walk and game drive or two guided game drives per night’s stay
Private reservoir swimming pool with a view of the Limpopo River
Wifi in all rooms and communal areas
Laundry services
Outdoor seating, intimate boma, sliding doors leading onto a veranda
Eco-friendly and solar powered
Transfers between Kolokolo Safari Home and the Limpopo Valley Airfield, Pont Drift Border Post or Mathathane Village
Sustainable stay – conservation levy per person per night, including a contribution to the Mashatu Health Care Fund

A Day in the Life

Delve into the rhythm of a typical day at Kolokolo Safari Home, a glimpse into the wonders that await you when staying with us. While we outline an itinerary, the magic of our adventures lies in their flexibility. Timings are fluid, embracing the ebb and flow of game sightings, weather nuances, and personalized preferences to make your journey unforgettable. Below offers you a glimpse into a typical day. Similar experiences await you at our other camps.

Upon arrival at your exclusive-use home, you will be shown to your private en-suite room and offered a welcome drink

The private chef and team will cook up a scrumptious lunch, served in your private garden beneath the trees

After lunch, you have time to unwind on the pool loungers alongside your private pool or sit reading a book in one of the many tranquil spots in the garden

Afternoon tea and coffee is served with delicious treats before heading out on a private afternoon game drive, traversing 12,000 hectares with beautiful vistas, offering the perfect sundowners overlooking the Botswana sunset

Welcomed back home to a 3-course candle lit dinner, followed by relaxation in the communal lounge area with a mesmerising fireplace, perfect for unwinding and sharing stories from your day with family and friends

Getting Here

Getting to Mashatu Game Reserve is easy and exciting, whether you prefer traveling by road or taking to the skies. Each offers a distinct perspective, allowing you to witness the breathtaking beauty of Africa’s landscapes either from the earth’s embrace or the sky’s expanse.

LIMPOPO VALLEY AIRFIELD

Getting to Mashatu Game Reserve is easy and exciting, whether you prefer travelling by road or taking to the skies. Each offers a distinct perspective, allowing you to witness the breathtaking beauty of Africa’s landscapes either from the earth’s embrace or the sky’s expanse.

Mashatu Connect is the air and road transport entity, established to coordinate the needs of guests visiting Mashatu Game Reserve, with flights travelling from Lanseria Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa and Limpopo Valley Airfield (LVA), private airport situated within Mashatu Game Reserve.

All flights operate with fully licensed aircrafts and pilots. A range of aircrafts are utilized, specific to the number of passengers per transfer, as well as route taken. Crew, aircraft, and charter operator details, as well as ETD’s and ETA’s will be provided on confirmation of your booking.

With morning departure times from Lanseria Airport and afternoon arrival times at Limpopo Valley Airport, you’ll be met by our friendly guide who will drive you through the Reserve directly to your accommodation. This is where your first game drive truly begins!

PONT DRIFT

Travelling to Mashatu via road is a fun adventure, approx. 6.5 hours from Johannesburg and 2 hours from Polokwane Airport. After arriving at the Pont Drift Border Post, you will make your way over the mighty Limpopo River. If the River isn’t in flood, you will cross over via vehicle. If the River is in flood, you will make your way over the waters via the cable car.

You will be required to fill in forms at the office and hand them in with your passport to get stamped. Once your passport has been stamped, your bags may be checked by an official. If you have anything to declare, we advise you do.

You’ll be met by our friendly guide who will drive you through the Reserve directly to your accommodation. This is where your first game drive truly begins!

Frequently Asked Questions

The adventure of a lifetime awaits you at Mashatu. With each moment carefully curated, we’re committed to crafting an unforgettable experience for you. Booking your escape is effortless and exciting. Reserve your slice of paradise by booking with us below and take the first step towards an extraordinary journey.

What animals can I expect to see on a safari?

Mashatu is most famous for its elephants, as it houses the largest herd of elephant on privately owned land on the continent. But you can expect far more than just elephants; experiencing moments with some of Africa’s biggest and most recognisable predators and wildlife. Click here to find out more!

Can you drink the water at Mashatu?

All water in the camp is filtered to the highest standards, and is guaranteed perfectly safe for consumption.

What money should I bring with me? What is the currency in Botswana? Is tipping encouraged?

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.VAT is payable in Botswana. 14% 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. Although not mandatory, tipping in Botswana is a great way to show appreciation

What essentials should I pack for my trip?
  • Summer: lightweight clothing and swimwear, warm clothing for game drives.
  • Winter: light clothing for daytime, very warm insulated jackets for game drives.
  • Comfortable walking shoes, sun hats, sunglasses and sunscreen.
  • Cameras and binoculars.
  • Anti-malarial prophylactics. Consult your doctor or pharmacist.
What should I wear on safari/at Mashatu?

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.

Do I need any injections or other health precautions?

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.

What travel documents do I need before I travel?

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 and Botswana requires that all children under the age of 18 traveling to/from South Africa and to/from Botswana should be in possession of an unabridged birth certificate. Where only one parent is traveling, an affidavit for the child to travel is required from the remaining parent

What weather can I expect?

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 – Make an infographic rather than a page of each month

Is there wifi?

All lodges have wifi in the communal areas. Euphorbia Mashatu and Kolokolo Safari Home have wifi throughout.

Is there power?

220 volt A.C. current is available 24 hours a day

What is the baggage allowance on local domestic flights?

20kgs per person – soft bags only

Can I bring my children?

We have two camps that are geared for children of all ages – Tuli Safari Lodge Mashatu and Mashatu Lodge.

What time is check in/check out?

Check in is from 14h00 and check out is before 11h00

Can I get married at Mashatu?

Weddings can be arranged at Mashatu – please contact our reservations team for more

Do you cater for allergies or specific dietary requirements?

We most certainly do – please be sure to inform us when making your reservation

What languages are spoken at Mashatu?

English, Setswana and Ikalanga are mostly spoken.

Can I travel and stay solo at Mashatu?

Absolutely! We have many repeat guests who visit Mashatu on their own.

What travel insurance should I look to get?

Travel insurance is worth considering in many cases when it comes to protecting your health and overall trip when travelling internationally.

Book Your Stay

The adventure of a lifetime awaits you at Mashatu. With each moment carefully curated, we’re committed to crafting an unforgettable experience for you. Booking your escape is effortless and exciting. Reserve your slice of paradise by booking with us below and take the first step towards an extraordinary journey.

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