Mashatu Jul 2015

Mashatu Game Reserve comprises 29,000 hectares (72000 acres) of privately owned land in the conserved wilderness area known as the Northern Tuli Game Reserve. The reserve lies in the eastern extremity of Botswana where the great Limpopo and Shashe Rivers converge. This exceptionally diverse landscape includes wide open plains, grassland, riverine forests, rocky hills, marshland and majestic sandstone ridges.

Our traveling partners to this photographic C4 Images & Safaris workshop, a four night stay at Mashatu tented camp, were Petro and Daan Bosman.  We left Johannesburg early on the Thursday morning to meet up with Petro and Daan in Pretoria.  They travelled from Vaalpark, Sasolburg.  It is an easy drive to the Pontdrift border post where the formalities, despite all the camera equipment, were dealt with quickly.  We parked our vehicles at the border in a safe area and were transported on open game drive vehicles to reach Mashatu tented camp some 45 minutes later in midday.  In July it was pleasantly warm.

Tents are tastefully decorated and well-equipped with huge fans for hot weather and electric points to charge cameras and batteries.  Add immaculate bathroom facilities to that with good food served at meal times and it makes for a very pleasant stay.

Kyle de Nobrega and Isak Pretorius were our photographic guides and between the two of them a great deal of knowledge were shared with us.  The underground hides at waterholes proved to be a whole new way of experiencing wildlife at a level almost below water level and when the first herd of elephant arrived without as much as a leaf moving, we were all left breathless and had to calm shaking hands and beating hearts to be able to get some shots.

It was indeed a wonderful experience to be repeated in future!