The Mashatu photographic experience is for the keen wildlife photographer.
The reserve of Mashatu has been a pioneer with regard to dedicated hides for wildlife photography. TheMatebole Elephant Hide, for instance, was designed to offer a unique photography perspective. Next to a waterhole, in a prime Elephant habitat, being completely sunk, it allows to shoot from the ground level. Recently, the Elephant Valley Hide complemented Matebole. Located in a very different setting, this new hide draws a wide variety of animals, including Leopards and Hyenas.
Mashatu, although short of Buffalo and Rhino, comes across as one of the best places in Southern Africa for Leopard spotting. In addition to the large herds of Eland and Elephant this reserve is famous for, you have a very good chance to see spotted Hyena, Lion and Cheetah.
In Johannesburg, you’ll stay at one of the hotels belonging to Emperors Palace, just 5 minutes by shuttle from the airport. We have included one night prior the departure to Mashatu, as you’ll have an early start on day 2 and a drive of about 5-5:30 hours.
At Mashatu you’ll stay at the Tent Camp.
When to go
All year-round. During the long dry season, the all Tuli Block presents harsh conditions. After the rains start, the place goes under a radical transformation and becomes a prime birdwatching destination. Winter nights can be pretty cool, while summer days are usually extremely hot, especially in Mashatu.
Do you want to extend your journey to South Africa?
You can extend your journey with a self-drive (or guided) experience in the Cape. If you prefer to relax, why not considering the beaches of Mozambique or of the Elephant Coast? If you want some more wildlife and safari experience, we can arrange a transfer to the area of the Greater Kruger.