Mashatu Ladies Safari

11 July 2023 - 17 July 2023 Space Available

In a first for C4, we will be hosting an all ladies safari at Mashatu Game Reserve.  While there will be many photographic opportunities, the emphasis and focus for this safari is equally on wilderness and conservation. 

We start in the new “Tuli” section of Mashatu Game Reserve, where we will spend three nights at Tuli Safari Lodge, situated on the banks of the Limpopo river.  While the opportunities for landscape photography abound in this area with its mind-boggling rock formations and baobab trees dotted all round, there is always the added possibility of seeing herds of elephant walking through the sandstone ridges and in the evening, leopard. 

We will take an afternoon out to visit Mmamagwa Hill, with breath-taking views of the vast and wild landscape you will have the opportunity to photograph the famous baobab tree, where Cecil John Rhodes once carved his initials.  This is also one of the finest sundowner locations in Africa and we will have the afternoon and sunset to take in the magnificent views.

Next will move to the Mashatu Lodge for three nights. Known for its high number of predator sightings as well as the famous Matebole hide: Mashatu always delivers. We’ll also we take a trip to the confluence of the Shashe and Limpopo rivers, where Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa converge.

With conservation being a focus of this safari experience, here we will meet one of the Transfrontier anti-poaching team who will explain the challenges and successes they have in the Tuli area.

We end our final morning with a bush walk giving you a time to reflect back on the week that has passed and the wonder of wilderness.

This safari will be hosted by Janet Kleyn, who has been based permanently at Mashatu Game Reserve for the last five years, managing the C4 photographic concession.  Janet has an intimate knowledge of the reserve as well as access to behind the scenes conservation efforts in the area. Janet is a “part of Mashatu” and having her as your host will give you an insight to the many various challenges a wilderness area such as Mashatu faces. And while there are many challenges, the Tuli area is a resounding conservation success. Over the course of the safari, Janet will guide you through what makes this area of Botswana such a conservation success, despite its challenges.

Co-hosting this safari with Janet will be Angelica Mills, known to our clients from our C4 Office.  Angelica is an accomplished photographer who has just completed a year on the Girls Who Click programme.  Angelica’s passion for this area is linked to the communities surrounding it, where she has served as an eco-mentor for Children in The Wilderness at their annual camps hosted by Mashatu for children from the community.

Highlights of this safari are:

  • An “all-girls” safari which promises to be fun, enlightening as well as offer good photographic opportunity.
  • By participating on this safari, you are contributing to a female Wild Shots Outreach participant joining on this safari. See below for more details.
  • The opportunity to delve deeper into the safari by combining conservation and wilderness elements into your safari.
  • Spending time at the convergence of South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe with members of the anti-poaching team, who will share their stories with you.
  • Photograph the dramatic sandstone landscapes of the Tuli area and the animals that inhabit it.
  • Visit the historically significant Mmamagwa Hill and enjoy the breath-taking views with a chance to photograph the enigmatic elephant shrews.
  • Incredible overall photo opportunities, including some of the best elephant experiences in Africa and excellent leopard viewing and photography.
  • Experience being up close and personal with wildlife in the famous Matebole underground photographic hide


Empowering Women – directly. 

C4 Photo Safaris is proud to partner with Wild Shots Outreach for this safari by sponsoring a young lady, Karabo Magakane, that has come through their programme the opportunity of joining us on this trip.

Wild Shots Outreach's aim is to engage young people from disadvantaged communities in wildlife and wild places through photography. It teaches new skills, providing a “focus” and introduction to the natural world and helps inspire and raise the aspirations of these learners – the conservationists of tomorrow.

The three pillars that C4 was built on are travel, photography and conservation.  By offering the opportunity to one of their young female photographers to travel with our travel group, we intend to further develop her skills as a wildlife photographer and her passion for nature as these are the conservationists of the future. Sharing your safari with this person will be a life changing experience for them: One of personal growth, photographic knowledge and global outlook. These are values worth investing in.