Fodor's Expert Review Mashatu Lodge

Mashatu Game Reserve, Central, Botswana Fodor's Choice

A sister camp to South Africa's world-famous Mala Mala Camp, Mashatu's game-viewing lives up to its billing with a deserved reputation for prolific predators. Accommodations are in tasteful stone floor family suites where earth-colored tones complement the natural surroundings. A couch and daybed provide a range of seating options, and fine art wildlife prints—of some of the many species you are guaranteed to see—adorn the walls. Comfort is assured in the hot summer months by air-conditioners, which have a heating function for the cold winter ones. The thatched outdoor dining area (where guests sit separately) overlooks a large waterhole where elephants, zebras, wildebeests, and other Mashatu regulars drink. The Discovery Room is a fascinating natural history and archeological museum that will appeal to all ages. Activities comprise almost every mode of transport imaginable, from bikes and horses to foot and vehicles and the game viewing, particularly of predators, is excellent; there are also several sunken hides designed for keen photographers.

PROS

  • Game galore, particularly lions and leopards
  • Superb service and guiding
  • Amazing photographic opportunities from low-level hides

CONS

  • Atmosphere feels more like South Africa than Botswana
  • No wild dogs
  • Lacks some of the charm of the camps in the north

QUICK FACTS

Resort
Family
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HOTEL INFO

Phones: 27-31-761–3440-in South Africa

HOTEL DETAILS

14 suites
Rate Includes: All-Inclusive, Alcohol not included

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