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  • Caroline from Suffolk travelled to South Africa and BotswanaRob, many thanks for organising a great trip for us. Pretty much everything worked like clockwork. Mashatu tented camp was very good. Excellently run with fantastic staff, very professional and friendly, food top notch too. Game viewing was still good despite the grass being high. We did see wild dogs on our first day. Leopards usually allude us too but our excellent guide Richard found 2 in three days for us. We loved the tents, large comfortable and well appointed with great bathrooms but our only criticism of the whole camp would be that there was no view / aspect. You were right about Tswalu, it was absolutely fabulous! Again guides can make or break the experience and we had an excellent guide Warren Pearson. Everything about Tswalu was top notch and you have now spoilt us for the future. Sadly no pangolin or aardvark but got very close to Hartmann’s zebra, and the first brown hyena I have seen. Meerkats were fascinating and I could have sat with them all day. Many thanks again Rob, just loved it!Caroline from Suffolk travelled to South Africa and Botswana

    Caroline from Suffolk travelled to South Africa and Botswana
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Mashatu Game Reserve and the Tuli Block

Mashatu is the largest privately owned game reserve in southern Africa, and is located in the ‘wedge’ of eastern Botswana known locally as the Tuli Enclave which lies between the Shashe (border with Zimbabwe) and Limpopo (South Africa) rivers. Affectionately know as ‘the land of the giants’, the reserve covers an area of some 90 000 acres of varied habitat including riverine forest, open plains dotted with mighty baobab trees, savannah woodland, and rocky outcrops. The area has some 600 resident elephant which are regularly seen together with lion, cheetah, leopard, impala, giraffe, kudu, eland, zebra, bushbuck and many other small species. Wild dog have recently been reintroduced. Neither buffalo nor rhino are found. The birdlife is excellent with over 360 species recorded.

The area was originally inhabited by the mystical Maphungubwe tribe in 800AD, and made famous by Frederik Courtney Selous who hunted elephant in the region during the late 1800’ and led the Pioneer Column and Zeederberg Express. Baines also passed though here on his voyagers. Archaeological sites abound including the notable Motloutse Ruins and Pitsani Koppie.

Access to the Mashatu/Tuli region is very difficult from within Botswana so the area is seldom included as part of a ‘Botswana safari’. More commonly, it forms part of a holiday to South Africa, rivalling areas such as Madikwe and the Kruger National Park.

To find out further information on safaris in Mashatu please call us on 01787 888590 or contact us to speak to one of our safari specialists.

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