Mashatu Game Reserve

Mashatu Tent Camp

Immerse yourself in the rustic intimacy of the wild

Mashatu Tent Camp is almost one with the environment; blink and you might miss it!

2024

Tents – p/p/night sharing – $635

Single supplement – $315

Tour leaders / pilot’s rooms – $155

Children under 12 years not permitted

From $ 635

Mashatu Tent Camp is the leisure choice for the guest seeking the ultimate one-on-one bush experience and who prefers a more intimate environment. Listen to the symphony of the night—a chorus of hyenas, leopards, and lions—right outside your door.

Eight completely private tents are tucked under the branches of enormous trees, accessible via meandering pathways. The tents themselves are spacious, comfortable and large enough that there’s no need to duck to get around. Each is mounted on a raised platform and has its own private outdoor en-suite facilities, including W.C. and shower.

Instant camaraderie is the norm at this unique camp. Meal times are shared either in the open-air thatched gazebo, or in the boma (enclosure) overlooking the floodlit, well-populated waterhole. The camp’s plunge pool invites guests to cool off and escape the heat of the summer months.

The sturdy and shaded hide also overlooks the waterhole, where bush enthusiasts can sit quietly and witness animals going about their day, completely unaware that they are being watched. It is humbling indeed to be an observer, to be part of the perfect, natural world.

Please note that air-conditioning and heating is not available at Mashatu Tent Camp.



Included in your stay

The Mashatu Tent Camp is almost one with the environment; blink and you might miss it!
Spacious tent and patio with bush views
Outdoor bathroom, shower under the stars
All meals, snacks, teas, coffees and drinks
Guided game walk and game drive or two guided game drives per night’s stay
Swimming pool for relaxation
Hide with watering hole
Wifi in communal areas
Accommodation for tour leaders and guides
Transfers between Mashatu Tent Camp 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 Mashatu Tent Camp, 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 Mashatu Tent Camp, our team will greet you with a welcome drink and lead you through to the open plan communal area where you can enjoy your drink overlooking the waterhole. Our team will assist with your luggage and show you to your private tent.

After settling in, you have time to explore the hide which overlooks the waterhole, frequented by a resident leopard, hyenas and plenty of wildlife. Alternatively, you can sit on your private patio with a cup of tea and watch the wildlife that comes and goes in incredibly close proximity.

It’s then time to indulge in high tea before embarking on an afternoon game drive with your knowledgeable guide, who will drive you to unique photographic safari spots on the Reserve.

Welcomed back home to a candle lit dinner in a highly unique boma with views of the hide overlooking the waterhole. Dining under the stars in an intimate boma that caters to comraderie with fellow travelers, whilst enjoying the opportunity to watch and photograph wildlife that comes and goes at the waterhole.

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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