While overlooking the ‘Land of Giants’ from the towering vantage points on Mmamagwa Hill, one is embraced by the stillness of time immemorial.
Down in the valley, as far as the eye can see, lie the sweltering Mopane plains of the Mashatu Game Reserve – a sweeping wilderness of immense and unimaginable beauty; one that unfolds like an intricate tapestry into savannah, riverine forests, marshland, endless plains and sandstone outcrops.
The ‘Land of Giants’ is a totally unpeopled wilderness in eastern Botswana.
Mashatu Game Reserve forms a major component of the Northern Tuli Game Reserve. Situated within the ‘jewel area’ of the reserve and flanked by the national parks of both South Africa and Zimbabwe, Mashatu prides itself on the ecological preservation of the reserve.
It is recognised that there are no fences that divide the sovereign components of the Greater Mapungubwe Transfrontier Park. Unlike the vast majority of private parks in southern Africa where the animals within that reserve are constrained by fences.
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.
Mashatu is situated in the eastern extremes of the Kalahari Desert and has had 92% rain-free days a year over the past 19 years.
The beginning of a New Year sees the area looking lush with verdant plains and dense greenery. There is plenty of water in the veld thanks to the heavy summer thunder storms that visit Mashatu in the late afternoons starting in early December.
Zebra and waterbuck begin to give birth to the new generation, and kudu start calving towards the end of the month.
We are excited to offer a flight service into Limpopo Valley Airfield on Mashatu. Guests will fly non-stop from OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. This service is operated by Angel Gabriel Aeronautics in association with Comair Flight Services.
Mashatu Game Reserve is a 6 hour drive from Johannesburg and a 7 hour drive from Gaborone. Please contact us for a route map with detailed directions, our friendly team will gladly assist you in ensuring that you find our reserve effortlessly.
Leading the childrens programme is Gaone Ratsoma, together with a team of Mashatu rangers. Gaone has the benefit of two years on Disney Cruise Liners out of Fort Lauderdale in the USA, and as a result has extensive knowledge of children’s entertainment.
EcoTraining was one of the first companies to offer formal training programmes for nature guides in Africa, having recognised a need to raise the standard of professional field guide and other nature training programmes.