Mashatu Camps & area

Feb 18th, 2007, 10:16 AM
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Mashatu Camps & area

I am considering staying at Mashatu Camp in southern Botswana the summer of 2008. I've already been to all the main areas in Botswana on a prevous safari.

I would like to hear from anyone who has been to Mashatu. I am trying to decide between the main camp (that looks a bit like a hotel to me) and the tented camp.
any info on Mashtu camps and safari experiences in the area would be greatly appreciated.

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Feb 18th, 2007, 11:02 AM
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I think I told you all I know about Mashatu a couple of weeks ago. As I said, I don't think there are many Fodorites who have been there, perhaps because it is hard to get there.
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Feb 18th, 2007, 01:39 PM
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If by "looks a bit like a hotel to me" you mean that the accommodation is in rooms rather than tents, then I would possibly agree. Other than that I certainly would not say that Mashatu main camp is like a hotel. Yes it has a small bar and the rooms are pleasant/reasonably luxurious, although not as luxurious as some tented camps that I have stayed in! I have spent a lot of time on safari holidays in Southern and East Africa (I'm lucky enough to go 4 times per year) and can say that I thoroughly enjoyed Mashatu. Whilst we were there, the camp (main camp) was very quiet with only 4 other guests on most nights. The area gives a good feeling of remoteness and I would recommend spending some time with both the elephant and leopard researchers. I can't comment on the other activities as I have not experienced them. I went with fairly low expectations of the game viewing and was pleasantly surprised by the quantity and quality of the sightings that we had there, although as I'm sure you are aware, a lot of that can be down to luck. We had good lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant plus porcupine, African wild cat, honey badger, spring hare, the largest python that I have ever seen and all the other usual game. There may have been much more, but that's what comes to mind at the moment.

I'm sure that you would enjoy either camp and you obviously access the same area for game drives. We actually drove there from Johannesburg, which entails leaving your vehicle in a secure compound at the border post and being collected by a Mashatu vehicle. The drive from Jo'burg to Mashatu took us around 5 - 6 hours if I remember correctly.
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Feb 18th, 2007, 04:55 PM
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Hi! I have not been to Mashatu (only reason being it is so far out of the way to get to)- but, i really want to go there one of these years.

I have met some guides at other companies who started out their guiding careers at Mashatu (and these guides are amongst the VERY BEST) so i'm sure Mashatu will deliver!!!

About the accomodations- i dont know

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Feb 18th, 2007, 05:05 PM
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tana1,

What time of the year did you visit? Mashatu is probably the best value for money option in Botswana (taking into account the sky rocketing prices)

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Feb 18th, 2007, 05:40 PM
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Hi Barbbroom,

My husband and I and a friend visited Mashatu Tented Camp in June 2004. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The tented camp was lovely; not as high-end as some of the other camps in Botswana but definitely had everything you need and very comfortable and secluded. We were also given a tour of Main Camp, which was beautiful and much more luxurious, but we always opt for tents whenever possible.

The scenery was quite different than the other parts of southern Africa that we have been to. But I found it stark and dramatic. I really enjoyed the exclusivity. We rarely ran into another vehicle. The hide at Tented Camp provided terrific photo ops, and the game viewing in general was pretty good. We had several leopards, including young cubs, lions, eland, hyenas including pups, a huge python, bushpig, ostriches, and a lot more. My friend went biking one afternoon and thoroughly enjoyed it. We also did some walking, and another person we met there went horseback riding. The camp managers were great and the food was very good and they readily accommodated all our requests, including a full day drive. We were there for 5 nights I think, and I was never bored. My only complaint would be that I thought the guiding was not up to snuff, but more so in the attitude as opposed to the skill or knowledge. But then again, we've been spoiled by having some of the best guides on other safaris. We met some of the other guides and they seemed really great. If you like a peaceful tented environment, I would recommend it. Aside from the hide with the regular traffic, there are semi-resident bushbucks and warthogs, and a scops owl. Very good value for the price.
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Feb 19th, 2007, 04:21 AM
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Barbbroom,

I plan on going to Mashatu in the summer of 2008 and am trying to figure out what other place(s) to combine with it.
The Mashatu tented camp is definitely more my style than anything with solid walls.
How long were you planning on being there? I'm hoping to go for at least a full week and combine Mashatu with 1 or 2 other places in South Africa. I look forward to hearing how your plans come along.
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Feb 19th, 2007, 07:28 AM
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Hi Hari,

We were there in mid November 2005, when there had been no rain and the area was VERY dry. The browsers were just about OK, but the grazers were really starting to suffer - how often do you see thin zebra?! That said, we still had a very enjoyable time.

As you say, the prices are fantastic compared to most other places, so it may appeal to people on that count alone. As a very regular Mala Mala visitor I am possibly biased towards Rattray properties anyway, but I think it is a worthwhile destination in its own right too and offers outstanding value.

Regards,

Carol
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Feb 19th, 2007, 07:43 AM
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Stayed at Main Camp in October 2003, had excellent game viewing, rooms were very nice and comfortable, excellent water hole at camp. The scenery is very stark and if you are there right before the rains, it does look pretty grim for the grazers. I would say it is easily paired with Sabi Sand, a couple of days drive would bring you through the escarpment area. Or even better a drive down through Kruger.
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Feb 19th, 2007, 09:19 AM
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Would agree totally with the suggestion to pair with the Sabi Sands. We drove from Mashatu to Mala Mala in 1 day, although that is a long drive and most people would want to break the journey. Took around 7.5 hours I think, with no stops.
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Feb 19th, 2007, 07:38 PM
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Tana1:thanks for the feed back....will definitely consider Mashatu in the dry season. I have never been to the Tuli block of Botswana and from what i read, sounds good.....

Napamatt: Mashatu for a long stay on it's own is probably a good trip....can do all the big game drives/walks/bike rides. The works!!! I'm not into the horses though......

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Feb 20th, 2007, 12:35 PM
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Lillipets :

We will be staying in Mashatu tented(3nights) and Mashatu main camp (1night) in July 2007.
We will be combining this stay with a stay at Pafuri Wilderness Camp 2nights(special rates if you combine Pafuri WC and Mashatu tented) and the Outpost (2nights) , a second Northern Kruger lodge.
After that we will drive down south to Timbavati or Sabi Sands.
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Feb 20th, 2007, 12:48 PM
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Sounds most interesting. Please do a trip report when you get back. (Doesn't have to be fancy, just basic how it went stuff is fine. As a reminder to me to consider that for 2008).
regards -tom
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Feb 20th, 2007, 01:51 PM
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HildeVe,

Another request to post a report. I've been interested in Mashutu and Pafuri and/or the Outpost (which looks amazing). The camps look wonderful but am interested in what the game-viewing and activities are like.

I believe somewhere on the Wilderness website, there is a package for Mahutu, Pafuri, and Mala Mala.

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Feb 20th, 2007, 02:01 PM
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Game viewing at Mashatu was excellent in October 2003. In addition at www.mashatu.tv you can check out their sightings diary updated weekly.
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Feb 20th, 2007, 02:33 PM
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Thank you Matt. Is there any advantage to choosing one camp over another, and did you do any of the optional drives with a particular animal specialist?

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Feb 20th, 2007, 02:48 PM
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HildeV,
I am looking forward to your trip report!
How did you decide on this area??
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Feb 20th, 2007, 05:29 PM
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CW,

i just saw their website....their optional activities with the research team sounds very nice!

If i were to visit, i think i will sign up for those.......

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Feb 20th, 2007, 05:58 PM
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Hari,

The drives with the researchers sound so interesting and also so reasonably priced. I would definitely do it.

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Feb 21st, 2007, 06:47 AM
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CW,

I agree.....it is probably worth doing all the optional activities...

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