In the remote eastern corner of Botswana, at the confluence of the Limpopo and Shashe river lies an area known historically as the Tuli enclave a diverse wilderness of savannah, riverine forests, marshland, open plains and sandstone outcrops. It is here that the largest of the Rattray Reserves is situated – Mashatu Game Reserve.
The name is derived from the magnificent Mashatu trees, which occur throughout this immense tract of privately owned land. Mashatu is also the home of several of Africa’s giants: the African elephant, the Baobab trees, the Eland, the ostrich, the Kori bustard and the Limpopo river. Mashatu Game Reserve is a place of exceptional beauty where one can explore the rugged, unspoiled African landscapes in the comfort of open 4-wheel drive vehicles, guided by expert rangers and experienced trackers. Mashatu Game Reserve is a place of exceptional beauty where one can explore the rugged, unspoiled African landscapes in the comfort of open 4-wheel drive vehicles, guided by expert rangers and experienced trackers. Historic and archaeological sites abound; notable are the Motloutse Ruins and the Pitsani Kopje sites.
It is home to large herds of elephant, prides of lion and cheetah. Along the river courses, huge Mashatu trees provide shade for eland, impala, wildebeest, giraffe and zebra, whilst at night, the bat eared fox, African wild cat and leopard search for prey. Mashatu Game Reserve proudly provides a refuge for the largest single population of elephant 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. Today, the population on Mashatu Game Reserve alone is estimated to number in excess of 700.
Park Size: 120 sq. miles – 200 sq. kilometers
Ecosystems: Savannah, riverine forests, marshland, open plains, sandstone outcrops
Wildlife: Elephant, lion, cheetah, hyena, eland, ostrich, kori bustard, civet cat, genet cat, honey badger impala, wildebeest, giraffe, zebra, bat eared fox, African wild cat, leopard
When to go: March through September
Highlights: Game drives, night game drives, walking safaris, river woodlands