Tuli Safari Lodge Mashatu

A wilderness experience for the adventurer

Tuli Safari Lodge Mashatu is set on the bank of the mighty Limpopo River, with beautiful rolling lawns surrounded by sandstone outcrops.

2024

Luxury Tents & Classic Suites – p/p/night sharing – $695

Single supplement – $345

Tour leaders / pilot rooms – $170

Children under 12 years, sharing with full paying adult – $345

From $ 695

This luxury 4-star camp has a swimming pool tucked away against giant rocks, a romantic star gazing deck, a hide and walking trail within the lodge grounds, as well as its own vegetable garden which supplies the kitchen with fresh ingredients.

Eight luxury tented suites are spacious, airy and elevated. They present themselves as draped canvas walls and roofs over timber frames. Large wrap-around decks provide a relaxing outdoor space with views over the gardens and surrounding bush. The interiors are a modern interpretation of the classic ‘out of Africa’ décor, with a flowing open plan design.

All suites feature an island bed, lounge area, freestanding bath, large shower, double basin vanity area, separate W.C. and ample storage space.

On a 2-night stay guests would experience a bush brunch or dinner, as well as private dining set up in surprise spots around the camp, or on their own patios (private dining on request).

The extensive lodge gardens and grounds include a large swimming pool, waterhole, hide and walking trail. Additional activities include dinner night drives, and cultural experiences / village tours (a full day’s activity).



Included in your stay

Tuli Safari Lodge Mashatu is set on the bank of the mighty Limpopo River, with beautiful rolling lawns surrounded by sandstone outcrops.
Freestanding baths and open-plan showers
Spacious seating areas
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
Fully stocked curio shop for retail therapy
Tranquil viewpoint for sunset vistas
Wifi in communal areas
Accommodation for tour leaders and guides
Transfers between Tuli Safari Lodge 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 Tuli Safari Lodge Mashatu, 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 Tuli Safari Lodge Mashatu, you will enjoy welcome drinks beneath tall trees, rolling lawns and sandstone outcrops. Our team will assist with your luggage and show you to your luxury tented suite.

After settling in, you have time to relax and unwind by the pool or drinks deck with views of the spacious gardens.

It’s then time to indulge in high tea overlooking the serene gardens before embarking on an afternoon game drive in the unique landscapes of Tuli with mighty rock formations and ancient Baobab trees.

Sundowners are enjoyed at of the most historical and beautiful locations on the Reserve - Mmamagwa Hill. A short walk from the vehicle to the top of the hill leads you to a lone baobab tree standing proudly at the edge of a cliff. Vast and wild landscape where you can ‘feel’ the history and souls of the numerous different cultural groups.

Welcomed back home to a candle lit dinner under the stars with surrounded by rocky outcrops and two iconic baobabs, offering the ultimate romantic setting.

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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