Exploring Mashatu 2022

SAFARI DETAILS
SAFARI DATES
9 April 2022 - 13 April 2022 Space Available
24 March 2022 - 28 March 2022 Space Available

Within the Northern Tuli game reserve tucked away into the most eastern corner of Botswana lays Mashatu privately owned game reserve.  This is a land unlike anything else in Botswana, it is drier than the Delta, yet has large river courses unlike anything in the Kalahari. Straddling the Shashe, Motloutse and Limpopo Rivers, which serve as natural boundaries with Zimbabwe and South Africa, the Northern Tuli Game Reserve (NTGR) comprises 71,000 hectares of remarkably diverse habitat, including Mophane bush land, riverine woodland, and marshland, punctuated by towering sandstone cliffs, basalt formations and unusually shaped kopjes – making for truly breath - taking scenery.

It is not uncommon to find leopard reclining in one of the large Mashatu trees, which makes Mashatu one of the best Predator viewings especially in winter months. The soft rays of the winter sun make lion, leopard and cheetah really glow. As usual, the cheetah are found on the open areas, allowing for easy, close up viewing. Water is starting to become a premium and it is not uncommon to find elephants digging in the riverbeds for water, which lies just below the surface. At the waterholes, doves and guinea fowl come down each day to drink. This attracts birds of prey and gabar goshawk and tawny eagles are commonly seen. With the birth of giraffe in May, there are always a few deaths- this always attracts black backed jackal, spotted hyena, white backed vulture, lappet-faced vulture and even cape vultures. The water bath in camp is a hive of birding activity and offers probably the most comfortable bird photography ever from the lounge, 3m away!

Tuli Safari Lodge Mashatu is the perfect camp for exploring Mashatu. With Soloman’s Wall and Mmamagwa Hill off to our West and beautiful open areas known for the general game and good cheetah sightings a little North of that or out to the East where we will find rocky outcrops overlooking a Vlei. The dry riverbeds are always an adventure with regular sightings of leopards. The Central viewing area offers divers general game and is a favourite resting spot for the local lion pride. Let's not forget about the Sandstone ridges with Baobabs and night skies, elephant shrews and Common Plated lizards. There really is just so much to explore.




About your host, Trevor Kleyn

African wildlife is where his main interest lies and to gain a better understanding of this subject Trevor trained as a nature and trails guide while simultaneously completing a diploma in digital photography. He’s been on photographic safari throughout most of Southern and East Africa.

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About your host, Trevor Kleyn

African wildlife is where his main interest lies and to gain a better understanding of this subject Trevor trained as a nature and trails guide while simultaneously completing a diploma in digital photography. He’s been on photographic safari throughout most of Southern and East Africa.

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Day 1 - 4

Arrival at Midday.

You will arrive at Mashatu at midday. Your professional photographer and host will open proceedings with a short talk on what we can expect over weekend.

Drive 1 is about enjoying and relaxing. This drive is used to take photos ‘as you are used to’, so that it sets the benchmark to measure the images taken at the end of the weekend against. Before dinner, the photo guide will give a short presentation showing a variety of images and how, by using specific aspects, you can alter and change an image dramatically.