The Mashatu Game Reserve is a diverse wilderness of savannah, riverine forests, marshland, open plains and sandstone outcrops. The reserve is situated in the remote eastern corner of Botswana, at the confluence of the Limpopo and Shashe Rivers. In an area called the Tuli Enclave, it is here that Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe meet. Mashatu Game Reserve – the largest of the Rattray Reserves – is home to the largest elephant population on a private reserve.
Mashatu Euphorbia Villas is the new flagship camp in the privately owned Mashatu Reserve, part of the the Northern Tuli Game Reserve. This exquisite hideaway has been built high up on a cliff face within a euphorbia forest with stunning vistas overlooking the Majale River and grass plains below.
Mashatu Euphorbia Villas is upmarket and intimate offering eight “green” villas, combining luxury with conservation and sustainability. The villas are inspired with shapes and curves of the the Mopane, which is the main food source for many animals during the dry months. The villas are solar heated, have private plunge pools, indoor and outdoor showers overall displaying an earthy glamour offering the feeling of an ultimate retreat.
Activities and Wildlife
Mashatu Euphorbia Villas offers the perfect safari and activities like mountain biking, walking, horseback riding or enjoying the underground photographic hide. For total exclusivity, enjoy twice daily game drives and being only 1 of 4 guests per safari vehicle as you explore 29000 hectares of the Land of the Giants.
Mashatu is home to no less than seven of Africa’s “giants” – the African Elephant, the Lion, Giraffe, the Baobab Tree, the Eland, Ostrich and the Kori Bustard. It is therefore fitting that these giants have a massive habitat, and some 75 000 acres of pristine game land have been set aside to house these creatures.
During the course of the game drives and other activities you will participate in during your visit, you are likely to come across animals wearing collars. These collars house radio transmitters, and are the means used to keep track of certain individual elephants, leopards and wild dogs. They are the focus of various important research programmes conducted at Mashatu, in collaboration with various external environmental organisations or sponsors. Mashatu have also fitted collars to a number of our male lions for a very different reason. Over the last few decades the lions and many of the other species of Mashatu game have been lured across the borders to be hunted – legally and illegally – in adjacent Zimbabwe and South Africa. The legal hunting, due to its selective nature, has been especially damaging to the lion population as the professional hunters – in pursuit of the best trophy for their wealthy clients – usually target the biggest and best (usually male) of a particular species.