Be charmed by the vast open spaces, biodiversity of wildlife, majestic skies and the tranquillity interspersed with birdsong and sounds of the wild. Located in the Northern Tuli Game Reserve of Botswana which is situated between the Tuli Safari Area, a national park in Zimbabwe and the Mapungubwe National Park, a World Heritage Site in South Africa. Mashatu shares unfenced borders with both the South African and Zimbabwean national parks in the south and north respectively. This vast area forms part of a cross boundary wildlife conservation area protecting the substantial biodiversity of fauna and flora in this region.
Photographic hides add an aspect to the adventure safari, which is unique and thrilling to professional photographers or lovers of wildlife. These added adventures are guaranteed to bring visitors into intimate contact with the remarkable wilderness found at Mashatu.
Daily morning and evening game drives bring visitors into close contact with the fascinating wildlife which inhabits Mashatu, promising a different nature experience with each drive.
In a first for photography in Southern Africa, PhotoMashatu has an exclusive concession to provide dedicated photographic hides within Mashatu Game Reserve. Guests can sit quietly and watch animals moving directly towards them, all the while taking pictures from unique angles, resulting in unique and exceptional quality photography.
Photographic hides are structures built to maximise the photographic potential of the animal subjects that visit them. These hides can be used to view wildlife in the normal manner but have been positioned with consideration of the angle of the sun, the background and the angle the viewer occupies in relation to the animals and birds. A professional wildlife photographer will accompany participants to the hides. They are on hand to tutor both aspiring and experienced photographers in camera techniques which will see a vast improvement in the quality of their images.
5 days, 4 nights
SADC RATES MAY APPLY – Contact us for details
7 – 11th October 2022 – 6 Spaces Available
$3,950 price per sharing person
Regrettably no single rooms available
N.B. Minimum 4 spaces required for the trip to run.
Travel Insurance is mandatory for all of our safaris. Please read more about our policy in our Terms and Conditions.
Please read our Covid-19 protocol to familiarise yourself with South African tourism protocols. These policies are subject to change. Panthera Photo Safaris PTY LTD is a facilitator of Safaris and the right of admission is at all times reserved to the guests of our lodge partners by prior booking
Please note this safari can also be booked as a custom or private safari on dates of your choice. Please get in contact for alternative dates and prices.
You will arrive at Pont Drift Border crossing before 1-oclock to meet with Lance and be ready to cross the border. Once we have cleared passport control we will be met by a member of the Mashatu team who will drive us across the border where we will clear border control on the Botswana side.
Once completed we will then be transported on an open vehicle through to Mashatu Lodge, where we will check into our rooms, receive a short briefing from the Mashatu team before enjoying a high tea.
From here we will head off on our first game drive in an open game vehicle searching from great photographic opportunities.
After the safari (approximately 3.5-4 hours) we will return to the camp to freshen up before a drink in the bar and a dinner in the boma.
Day two/four start off with a coffee and light breakfast at the lodge. We then depart before dark to get the the Matabole hide before the sun rises.
This will be the first of our exclusive hide sessions, where we will photograph elephants, birds and many other mammal species that come down to the water to drink. Tea and coffee will be available in the hide if needed.
After approximately 4 hours, we will return to the lodge for a brunch, swim in the pool and a rest before the next high tea and our only afternoon hide session.
The afternoon sessions offer slightly different lighting and the possibility to photograph different species from the ones who don't come in the morning. If lucky, on a hot day, the elephants may swim in the afternoon session.
Day three starts off once again like day two, with a coffee and light breakfast at the lodge before a morning hide session.
In the afternoon we depart on our second game drive, where we once again head out in search of good photographic sightings, stopping for many species along the way. After enjoying a sundowner stop, we will return to the camp once again to freshen up before heading to the bar and boma for dinner.
Day four is a game drive only day with both morning and afternoon game drives. This is a great chance to target some species we may have missed so far, or perhaps some specific techniques we have chatted about during the first half of the safari.
Day 5 is our last day, but not before enjoying one last morning game drive. We will head out looking for animals during the best light and then return to the camp for a brunch, pack our belongings and begin to make our way home.
we will be transported once again from the lodge to the Pont Drift Border Crossing in an open game vehicle at approximately 11.30am.
14 luxury suites lie along the camp’s perimeter and are designed to allow absolute privacy and a communion with the bush and its inhabitants. Watch elephants splashing at the waterhole, listen to the lyrical melody of the woodlands kingfisher on a branch overhead, smell the grassy scent of the bushveld, touch the bark of an ancient tree and inhale a breath of air so pure, it’s intoxicating.
Each of the air-conditioned suites at Mashatu Lodge is tastefully decorated and includes impressive black and white prints of Africa’s most beautiful animals. A double bed and an extra-large single bed, together with a seating area that includes a single day bed, comfortably accommodates families. The ample en-suite bathroom with both bath and shower facilities and a separate W.C. complete the well-appointed suites.
Meals are a sumptuous celebration of traditional African Cuisine – flavoursome, but lacking in ostentation. Fresh fruits, vegetables, home-made breads and pies, succulent meat dishes and delicious desserts will appeal to a guest who appreciates home cooking at its best.
For a touch of retail therapy, the fully stocked curio shop showcases a variety of African crafts, clothing and jewellery. Fear not – if you run out of sunscreen or your battery runs flat, you can replace these too.