Mashatu Game Reserve


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The land of the gentle giants


Meaning ‘land of giants’, Mashatu Game Reserve’s name could easily refer to the large boulders and rocky outcrops rising from its landscape, the colossal nyala trees lining the Motloutse and Limpopo rivers, or the soft-footed elephants roaming the reserve. Mashatu’s wealth of biodiversity, its isolated location, and exquisitely disparate landscape all make this an incredible African retreat.

Whether guests explore the reserve on foot, by vehicle, or on a mountain bike, they will no doubt be treated to incredible sights of Mashatu’s wildlife. This could be the migratory wildebeest, zebra, and antelope passing through or the resident hippo, warthog and bushbuck, often trailed by the reserve’s predators: lion, leopard, hyena, and cheetah. Mashatu is also home to the world’s largest population of elephants on private land, with an estimated 700 on the reserve.

Geographical treasures abound throughout the area, including the imposing rocky slabs making up the 30-metre high Solomon’s Wall or the ruins of the Iron Age Mapungubwe civilisation. Mashatu Game Reserve is easily accessed via all major Botswana and South African roads and by air via the Limpopo Valley Airfield. The reserve can only be visited if staying at either of the Mashatu’s Camps, ensuring an exclusive safari experience.

 

Highlights

  • Mashatu Game Reserve is home to the world’s largest elephant population found on private land
  • The reserve has an abundant wildlife population consisting of resident mammals, a variety of predators, and migrant herds passing through throughout the year
  • Visitors can take day and night game drives or explore the area on foot or by mountain bike
  • Solomon’s Wall and the ruins of Mapungubwe are located nearby
  • The reserve is easily accessed by road and air

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