Africa & the Middle East Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

View all Africa & the Middle East activity »
  1. 1 AOL = 1855:854:1405 password reset CONTACT AOL Tec*h 24/7
  2. 2 East Africa (Tanzania) or South (Botswana) Middle June 2018
  3. 3 Trip Report Jordan: Choose tour company carefully
  4. 4 Can one free lance In Victoria Falls?
  5. 5 Anyone been to Mashatu Game Reserve?
  6. 6 Dubai Dubai Airport Traffic to get to a hotel on time
  7. 7 South Africa in March
  8. 8 Flying from Seattle to Morocco
  9. 9 Safari Camera Lens - Follow Up Thread
  10. 10 Trip Report Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe and Zambia) - Travel Report
  11. 11 Looking walking tour in Dar Es Salaam
  12. 12 11 days...Jordan and Israel ...help with itinerary
  13. 13 Is January a good time to visit Tanzania
  14. 14 Mara Safari in June - Camera Lens Recommendation
  15. 15 Any recent experiences with Ethiopian Air Coach
  16. 16 Israel Trip - Very Early Planning Stage
  17. 17 Three Days In Tel Aviv
  18. 18 help me to visit Morocco
  19. 19 9 days itinerary help and some other questions
  20. 20 Question about tours from Cape Town
  21. 21 Trip Report Yes, we went to Sudan and we LOVED it! A Trip Report
  22. 22 Travelling to Nigeria for the first time
  23. 23 Morocco road condition
  24. 24 Trip Report Africa – after 10 years of waiting – an amazing and wondrous journey.
  25. 25 Fraudulent Safari Operator
View next 25 » Back to the top

Possible 2009 Itinerary: Phinda + Mashatu + MM or other?

Jump to last reply

Now that my 2008 safari is booked (Kafue + N&S Luangwa), I’m kicking around some alternatives for next year. I’m a cat fan (big and small) and, from what I have read in this forum, Phinda is a good choice for Cheetah (plus on-foot Rhino tracking), and Mashatu for Leopard (and maybe Lion). I have been to Mala Mala on my first safari and, of course, it is good for Leopard and Lion, but not so much for Cheetah. All three would likely be good for the variety and quantity of other wildlife. So I am considering 15 days between these 3 locations and have a few questions.

1. Access to Phinda appears to be via Federal Air from JNB. To Mashutu via SAA Airlink from JNB to Polokwane and then by charter to Limpopo. And to MM via SAA Airlink from JNB. As I will be traveling solo, charters between locations will not be affordably feasible. So, is there any way to get from one to another without having to do 3 round-trips out of and back into JNB and staying overnight in Joburg 3 times? As Mashatu and MM are under the same ownership(?) or management(?), is there any connecting travel linkage between the two? Is it possible (and reasonable) to obtain a driver for affordable road transfers between locations?

2. I’m pretty much sold on Phinda Forest, in the north of the reserve. If spending 5 or 6 nights at Phinda, is there any reason to divide the time between north (Forest) and south (Mountain or Rock)?

3. Likewise, I’m pretty much sold on Mashatu Tented Camp but, if spending 5 or 6 nights at Mashatu, is there any reason to divide the time with Main Camp? (I should mention that relative luxury or comfort is not a discriminating factor for me, either at Mashatu or Phinda).

4. While I have been once to MM and enjoyed it, are there other SA locations you might recommend instead that would fit well with this itinerary, keeping in mind my interest in great animal encounters (and cats) and that MM is at the top of my price tolerance?

5. Finally, Mashatu hosts ongoing research programs on Leopards, Lions, and Elephants. “Volunteers” can participate in these programs at a cost of about $900 per week (meals at the lodge and shared accommodation included). Does anyone have any experience with this program or have any further information on it, other than what is published on their website?

Many thanks for any info, advice, or insights you can offer…

Rick

25 Replies |Back to top

Sign in to comment.

Advertisement