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Situated in remote eastern Botswana, on the edge of the Kalahari Desert, Mashatu Lodge offers excellent game viewing and superb photography opportunities from dedicated hides.

Accommodation is in 14 spacious suites arranged along the camp’s perimeter, affording guests the utmost privacy. Each suite is air-conditioned, comfortable and tastefully decorated, with a double bed and single bed, as well as a day bed in the sitting area – making them ideal for families. En suite bathrooms are generously proportioned with bath and shower, and a separate WC. Meals feature traditional African cuisine – delicious home cooking at its best.

Guests may choose to view wildlife from 4x4 safari vehicles, on foot or even on mountain bikes. There are regular sightings of lion, cheetah and hyena around the property, and the area has more than 1,300 elephants. Giraffe, zebra, kudu, eland and impala occur in good numbers, and Mashatu boasts over 350 different bird species.

There are also several dedicated photographic hides in the grounds, some of which are mobile so they can be sited according to water levels in the riverbeds and waterholes. Resident photographers are on hand to offer tuition. 

Between wildlife viewing, you can relax around the large swimming pool or explore the Discovery Room – a museum containing varied and interesting exhibits, telling Mashatu’s story – past and present.

Key info

This accommodation is located in:

Mashatu Game Reserve

Sharing open borders with its neighbours – Zimbabwe’s Tuli Safari Area and South Africa’s Mapungubwe National Park – Mashatu Game Reserve has incredible biodiversity with huge populations of elephant, eland, lion and giraffe. A number of hides provide excellent photographic opportunities.

  • Where: Tuli Enclave
  • Ideal for viewing: African elephant, kori bustard, lion, ostrich, South African giraffe
  • Excellent for: Wildlife photography, Vehicle safaris