Nightskies of Mashatu 2022

SAFARI DETAILS
SAFARI DATES
22 September 2022 - 26 September 2022 Space Available
22 October 2022 - 26 October 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.

And then there is the famous Matebole underground hide. With two sessions in the hide, you can expect to come eye to eye with birds and mammals alike. But when the elephants arrive, your breath is taken away, for this is an experience of a lifetime and one that cameras cant photograph fast enough.

With the added addition of the Tuli area in Mashatu to this workshop, you now have the opportunity to explore one of the most scenic areas in Botswana. Sandstone kopjies that harbour not only dramatic wildlife, but elephant and leopard too.

Due to Tuli Lodge now becoming a part of Mashatu, this workshop is a first of its kind. Come and join us in exploring what Mashatu has to offer and making magic with the camera.

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 - 5

Arrival at Midday. 

You will arrive at Tuli Safari Lodge at midday.

Your professional photographer and host will open proceedings with a short talk on what we can expect over the next 4 nights.