Guests are taken out during the day in a specialist vehicle with the main purpose of finding and viewing wildlife. This activity is the main one for the majority of safaris. The wildlife in the area is easily approached by vehicles as the animals become familiar with the presence of them and are no longer threated by the vehicle. This will allow you to get much closer to the wildlife than you would if you were on foot.
This massive 220,000-acre wilderness must surely be one of our favourite areas anywhere in Africa. Situated in a remote part of the northern Okavango Delta, it is accessed exclusively by light aircraft from Maun, Kasane or other camps in Botswana. In this wonderfully healthy ecosystem, you can even drink the water straight from the swamp itself!
The unique combination of habitats means that almost every species to be found in the Delta may be seen here. For instance, it is one of the few places in the world where sable antelope and red lechwe are found together. The predator viewing can be fantastic with lion, leopard, wild dog, cheetah and hyena all making regular appearances. The larger iconic species such as elephant, buffalo, hippo, giraffe and zebra are also present in good numbers. This is all rounded off with an exceptionally diverse range of birds to keep anyone delighted.
Another product of this unique combination of habitats is the ideal mix of 70% dry activities and 30% wet activities. The dry activities will allow you to cover more ground in your search for big game whilst the wet activities will allow you to experience the beauty and serenity of the classic Okavango habitats. Day and night drives, walking safaris, makoros and boating safaris are all possible here, as well as fishing in season.
Because it is a private concession off-road driving is also permitted in search of special sightings. Unusually for the Delta, the game viewing is actually very consistent and reliable throughout the year. In fact, we strongly believe that this is one of the very best concessions in Botswana!
Located in the remote far eastern corner of Botswana where the Limpopo and Shashe rivers meet, Mashatu Game Reserve lies in a vast landscape of open plains, grassland, riverine forests, rocky hills, marshland and majestic sandstone ridges. The reserve comprises 29,000 hectares (72,000 acres) of privately owned land in the conserved wilderness area known as the Northern Tuli Game Reserve and is where Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa meet.
Mashatu, translated as "Land of Giants”, takes its name from the locally-sacrosanct Mashatu or Nyala berry tree (Xanthrocercis Zambesiaca). These magnificent dark green trees, which are found along the rivers in the reserve, provide refuge, shade and food to a vast array of wildlife. Mashatu, which is one of the largest privately owned game reserves in southern Africa, is home to one of the largest herds of elephant on the continent and provides excellent sitings of Africa's big seven giants including the giraffe, eland, ostrich, the kori bustard, the iconic baobab tree and the king of beasts: the lion.
The Mashatu Game Reserve enjoys ecological biodiversity uncommon in other game reserves due to the diversity of the landscapes. Three members of the Big Five : leopard, lion and elephant are complimented by some lesser well-known, species, including the aardwolf (or “earth wolf”), the bat-eared fox, the African wildcat, the honey badger, the spotted hyena and the black-backed jackal. Mashatu is also home to more than 350 bird species, ensuring it is an alluring spot for those interested in bird life and bird photography.