Be charmed by the vast open spaces, biodiversity of wildlife, majestic skies and the tranquillity interspersed with birdsong and sounds of the wild at Mashatu in yellow season. 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.
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.
Being an extremely arid area with very limited annual rainfall, Mashatu undergoes an incredible transformation each year in late February. About a week after a large enough downpour an eruption of Devil Thorn flowers appear. Almost every herbivore makes use of the sudden abundance of food during this period, making for some of the most unique images to come out of the African continent.
Mashatu game reserve is one of the best locations within Southern Africa to view large herds of relaxed elephants and also boasts incredible numbers of predators such as lion, leopard and cheetah. The mixture of open plains, rolling hills, dry and wet riverbeds as well as the cool shade from the Mashatu trees and croton forests makes photographic opportunities on the property extremely varied and frequent.
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. Unfortunately in summer due to the surrounding water available to the animals, the hides will be closed. If you are interested in our hide photography sessions please see here.
5 days, 4 nights
23rd – 26th February 2023
USD $3,500 price per sharing person
USD $5,200 price per single person (limited to two single spaces)
*SADC Rates Available
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. C4 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. Fresh fruit, cereals and yogurt are prepared to accompany your hot cup of coffee or tea.
We then depart before dark from the lodge to try and be in the central game viewing area around the time the sun rises.
Our main goal is to try and locate animals within the yellow flower flushes and capture great animals in this incredible setting. (Please note the flowers are highly dependant on the rainfall, so the amount and timing of these flushes cannot be guaranteed).
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 afternoon game drive.
The afternoon game drive 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 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.
Eight completely private tents are tucked under the branches of enormous trees, accessible via meandering pathways. The tents themselves are spacious, comfortable and large enough that adults need not duck to move around in. Each is mounted on a concrete platform and has its own private outdoor en-suite facilities, including W.C. and shower.
Instant camaraderie is the norm at this unique camp. Meal times are shared without pomp and ceremony, either in the open-air thatched gazebo, or in the boma (enclosure) overlooking the floodlit, well-populated waterhole. The camp’s plunge pool invites guests to cool off and escape the relentless heat typical of the summer months.
The sturdy and shaded hide also overlooks the waterhole, and here bush enthusiasts can sit quietly and witness animals going about their day, completely unaware that they are being watched. It is humbling indeed to be an observer, to be part of the perfect, natural world.