Group of deer looking at the camera in the Mashatu Game Reserve

Mashatu Game Reserve Safaris

About Mashatu Game Reserve

Rugged and wild, the Mashatu Game Reserve sits at the confluence of the great, powerful Limpopo and Shashe rivers and spans across 25,000 hectares. The landscape of the park varies dramatically and ranges from savannah peppered with baobab trees to marshland to lush, verdant forest. Translated into English the name of the park Mashatu means 'Land of Giants', which it has probably gained due to the number of giants that roam freely across its vast expanse. These giants are, of course, elephants and Mashatu Game Reserve has the largest herd of elephants on private land in the world.

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As well as the majestic elephants that grace this park with their presence, the Mashatu Game Reserve is also the home of dozens of other animals including giraffes, the world's tallest mammal, elands, the largest antelope in the world and ostriches, the largest bird on the planet. With all of these enormous creatures grazing on these extensive pastures, it is little wonder the name of the park refers to giants. Lions have also been known to frequent this reserve.

One of the most distinguishing feature of the Mashatu Game Reserve is its astonishing level of ecological diversity. Not only is it inhabited by three of the big 5 (elephant, lion and leopard), but it is also the home of the aardwolf, African wild cat, honey badger, jackal and bat eared fox. The rare and endangered African wild dog also roams these lands after having been introduced as part of a conservation effort. In addition to its land animals, the Mashatu Game Reserve bears witness to over 350 species of birds.

Mashatu Game Reserve Hotels

If you are planning a Mashatu Game Reserve holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:

Mashatu Main Camp Mashatu Game Reserve

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: Luxury Lodge

Mashatu Main Camp is an oasis among the undulating and endless plains. The luxury suites lie along the camp’s perimeter and are designed to allow absolute privacy. Each of the air-conditioned suites is tastefully decorated. Guests can congregate in the swimming pool, which is located in the heart of the camp, in the evenings to cool off and socialise. After a refreshing swim, visitors can head to the restaurant to sample some delicious, authentic African cuisine. The camp is in the heart of the stunning and diverse Mashatu Game Reserve.

Mashatu Tent Camp Mashatu Game Reserve

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: Mid Range Lodge

The Mashatu Tent Camp is a traditional style lodge. The tents offer the ultimate in privacy and are tucked away under the branches of enormous trees, accessible via winding pathways. The tents are spacious and comfortable and the perfect way to feel completely at one with nature. From the accommodation a waterhole is visible as are the animals that frequent it. The camp also has a plunge pool where guests can cool off. The Mashatu Tent Camp is just 15 minutes from Mashatu Main Camp.

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