Welcome to Mashatu Game Reserve

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.

Travel to Mashatu Game Reserve

  • Daily flights from Johannesburg to Polokwane followed by a 2-hour road transfer to Pont Drift Border Post
  • A 6-hour drive from Johannesburg to the Pont Drift border post
  • A 7-hour drive from Gaborone in Botswana through the western boundary of the reserve
  • Direct flight from Johannesburg to Limpopo Valley Airfield on Mashatu on Thursdays and Sundays

Best time to visit Mashatu Game Reserve

  • The dry season in Botswana is between May and October when you can expect warm sunny days and chilly night. Water levels in the Okavango Delta are also at their highest at this time creating perfect waterways.
  • November to April is slightly wetter but a great time to visit to see the beautiful green foliage. Animals also give birth to their young at this time.

Best Lodges at Mashatu Game Reserve

There are two camps at Mashatu Game Reserve - Mashatu Lodge (Main Camp) and Mashatu Tented Camp.

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