Mashatu Premier Photo Safari 2025

25 May 2025 - 1 June 2025

USD $15 350,00 pps / USD $17 350,00 single

This webpage offers you a glimpse of the safari. For the full details of the safari with a day to day itinerary, full logistics, details of accommodation and a comprehensive list of what is included and excluded, please download the full brochure.


  • Your Guide: Isak Pretorius
  • Group Size: Maximum 3 participants (minimum 2 guests required)
  • Recommended for: Photographers of all levels that want to experience and photograph the best of African wildlife in pristine wilderness while improving their photographic skills.
  • Fitness level: Low to Average - You will be required to climb onto and off a safari vehicle and do some short walks. The terrain over which you drive is unpaved and can be bumpy and dusty.

  • The C4 Experience: This itinerary has been curated by our highly experienced team to maximise your photographic opportunity. Our guides are amongst the most acclaimed photographers in the photography world - guaranteeing you expertise, experience and service. We take care of every detail from the moment you arrive until the end of your safari.

Mashatu Premier Photo Safari

Located on the eastern tip of Botswana, bordering South Africa and Zimbabwe, Mashatu is characterized by Woodland Savanna, wide-open plains, sacred Sandstone outcrops, and swampy vleis. This diversity of habitats supports the largest elephant population on private property in Botswana. Some 1,000 elephants call Mashatu home. Leopards stalk the Majali dry river, and Mashatu provides some of the best leopard viewing in Africa, often reclining in a huge Mashatu (Nyala berry) tree. Lions, cheetahs, and hyenas are also found on the reserve, along with an array of other species such as eland, wildebeest, zebra, impala, and bushbuck. Birders and bird photographers will not be disappointed, with over 360 species recorded. The overall photographic success rate is one of the highest we know of, with birdlife, predators, and large mammals all combining to keep your cameras very busy. There is a fantastic sunken photographic hide on the reserve, giving wildlife the opportunity to seek you out. This hide has produced several award-winning images. It is perfectly positioned to utilize the light, and because of the low perspective, the backgrounds are incredible. When the elephants aren't around, many species of mammals and birds use the waterhole, so there is usually something exciting to photograph. Whether searching for wildlife in an open vehicle or waiting for action inside the hide, the wildlife experience in this ancient landscape will leave you astounded and inspired to return to Africa as soon as you can.


Safari Highlights
  • 7 nights accommodation at Mashatu Lodge.
  • Exclusive use of a vehicle with three guests on the vehicle.
  • 1 x C4 Photo Safaris specialist photo guides to accompany and guide you.
  • The opportunity to spend long amounts of time with predators and elephants in beautiful backdrops.
  • Use of the underground photo hide while at Mashatu.

Photography Highlights
  • Closes quarter photography of Predators such as lion, cheetah and leopard.
  • Excellent, open sightings and photography of very relaxed elephants.
  • General game is relaxed and easy to photograph.
  • Beautiful plains areas interspersed with rocky outcrops.
  • Beautiful sandstone rock formations on the Limpopo River - excellent for landscapes.
  • Mmamagwa Baobab perched precariously on the edge of a rocky hill.
  • Viewing is generally open and clear - allowing for easier photography.
  • Large Baobabs and Mashatu trees dominate the skyline- providing excellent photographic subjects.


What C4 Photo Safaris guests say

I would like to a quick note to say thank you for a great photographic safari. Shems photographic knowledge and willingness to share his skills with us made this trip well worth it. The sightings and the opportunities that were presented to us were spectacular, from the first game drive to the last drive.

Prakash Bhikha

An excellent destination to conduct a field workshop. At the current price I wont hesitate to join again.jpg experience and sightings will always be part of my memory. Thanks Shem for yet another few beautiful days out in nature!

Johann Mader

The course is highly recommended for anyone wanting to know how to achieve the most from their camera when it comes to wildlife photography. Mashatu is an excellent place to view wildlife in big open wide spaces.jpg tented camp is great and has wonderful and friendly staff and is a very relaxing place to spend time at.

Allan Elliot

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Isak Pretorius
25 May 2025 - 1 June 2025