Mashatu Fly-in Photo Safari 2025

11 May 2025 - 19 May 2025

USD $9 350,00 pps / USD $12 500,00 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: Danielle Carstens
  • Group Size: Maximum 4 participants (minimum 4 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.

Highlighting the beauty of the Northern Tuli Game Reserve: A land unlike anything else.

Affectionately known as the “Land of Giants”, Mashatu is the epitome of what defines a wilderness area in Africa. Steeped in mysterious history and embellished by the bounty of the wildlife that this 90,000 acre wilderness has to offer. Mashatu will take you back in time and awaken your senses in the present. On the eastern tip of Botswana, bordering South Africa and Zimbabwe, Mashatu is characterised by Woodland Savanna, wide open plains areas, sacred Sandstone outcrops and swampy vleis. This diversity of habitats supports the largest Elephant population on private property in Botswana. Some 1000 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. Lion, cheetah and hyena are also found on the reserve, with an array of other species eland, wildebeest, zebra, impala and bushbuck. Birders and bird photographers will also not be disappointed, with over 360 species recorded. The overall photographic hit 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 the wildlife the opportunity to seek you out. This hide has produced several award winning images. It is perfectly positioned to utilise 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.


Safari Highlights
  • Beautiful accommodation in both Tuli Safari Lodge and Mashatu Lodge.
  • Danielle Carstens will be accompaning you.
  • The opportunity to spend long amounts of time with predators & elephants in beautiful backdrops.
  • Use of the underground photo and the new Lala Limpopo Sleep-out Hide.
  • On the ground training whilst on safari to make sure you take incredible images.
  • Mid-day tutoring by your photo guide.

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.
  • Varied landscapes: plains areas, rocky outcrops, forested areas and open riverbeds.
  • A total of 5 hide sessions while on safari.


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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Danielle Carstens
11 May 2025 - 19 May 2025