Mashatu Game Reserve
Mashatu and the Tuli Block is a place of exceptional beauty where one can explore the rugged, unspoilt African landscapes teeming with both wildlife and birdlife. The area is steeped in history and legend and makes for exciting wildlife viewing and stunning landscape photography opportunities.
Mashatu Game Reserve Facts
- Size & Location: 305km²
- When to visit the park: April - September (cooler winter months - preferred)
- Climate: Hot, dry conditions. Day: may exceed 40°C. Night: may drop below -14°C
- Rainfall: 200mm per annum varying
- Altitude: 900m - 1100mm above sea level
- Location: South East Botswana, directly on South Africa's border
Where is Mashatu Game Reserve located?
The Mashatu Game Reserve or Tuli Block is located in the far eastern corner of Botswana, bordering both South Africa (Limpopo River) and Zimbabwe (Shashe River). The region is accessible via light aircraft and 4x4 vehicles (although we would recommend the fly-in option).
The nearest main towns to the game reserve would be Francistown, Palapye and Serule; all three are over 200 kilometres away from the reserves entrance gates.
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Information On The Mashatu Game Reserve
Situated in the remote eastern corner of Botswana, at the confluence of the Limpopo and Shashe rivers, it is an area of savannah, riverine forests, marshland, open plains and sandstone outcrops. Mashatu has the largest elephant population (almost 900) on private land in the world. The Mashatu Reserve gets its name from the enormous Mashatu trees, round-topped leafy giants, which occur throughout this immense tract of privately owned land.
The most popular activities in the Tuli Block include is game viewing either in the comfort of open 4-wheel drive vehicles, walking safaris, mountain bike safaris, horseback safaris, all guided by expert rangers and experienced trackers. The Mashatu Reserve proudly provides a refuge for the largest, single elephant population on privately owned land in Africa. Known as the relic herds of Shashe, these elephants are the last living testament to the great herds that once populated the meandering Limpopo valley.
The Mashatu Game Reserve is home to seven of Africa's giant phenomena: the Limpopo River, African Elephants, lions, giraffes, baobab trees, elands, ostriches, kori bustards and of course, the endless African sky! Other popular wildlife includes spotted hyenas, bat-eared foxes, aardwolves, cheetahs, kudu, Burchell's zebras, bushbuck, baboons, spotted genets and civets, impala and steenbok.
Night drives are permitted to enable the visitor to witness rare and elusive nocturnal creatures such as aardwolf, caracul, porcupine, leopard, lynx and wild cat.
Over 350 bird species have been identified in the area.
Best Time to Visit The Mashatu Game Reserve?
The winter months (or dry season) is by far and away the best time to visit the Tuli region, the reserve is still accessible in summer, but with the rains, the wildlife does disappear into the surrounding bushveld.
Summer is not absolutely terrible; one will end up game driving longer to find the wildlife. Luckily for those travelling in summer, the days are long.
For birders, we recommend the summer months.
Main Attractions Of The Mashatu Game Reserve
- The largest population of privately owned African Elephants
- Night-time game drives
- Rugged, unspoilt African landscape
- Exceptional safari experiences
- Wild and remote
- Stunning region for landscape photography
- Excellent safari lodges and camps