Danielle Carstens

Mashatu Photo Safari

2025

Overview

Duration:

8 nights / 9 days

Date:

11 - 19 May 2025

Group Size:

4 Guests

Cost:

$9350 pps

($12 500 single)

Photography guide:

Danielle Carstens

Location:

Botswana, Africa

 

Safari starts & ends: Johannesburg, South Africa

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About Mashatu

Mashatu is the epitome of what defines a wilderness area in Africa. This 90,000 acre wilderness is a wildlife photographer’s dream destination. Situated on the eastern tip of Botswana, bordering South Africa and Zimbabwe, it is a private game reserve not open to the public and upholds strong conservation values, therefore you will never find yourself in a crowd of vehicles putting pressure on the wildlife. 

It is characterised by woodland Savanna, wide open plains areas, sacred sandstone outcrops and swampy marshes. This diversity of habitats supports not only a wide variety of predator and planes game species but also the largest elephant population on private property in Botswana. Some 1000 Elephants call Mashatu home. It also provides some of the best leopard viewing in Africa, often found reclining in a huge Mashatu tree – their favourite spot!

Lion, Cheetah and Hyena are also found on the reserve, with an array of other species such as Eland, Wildebeest, Zebra, Impala and Bushbuck. Bird photographers will also not be disappointed, with over 360 species recorded. The overall photographic hit rate is one of the highest out there, with birdlife, predators and large mammals all combining to keep your cameras very busy.

 

There is a sunken photographic hide on the reserve, giving the wildlife the opportunity to seek you out. This hide has produced several award winning images and was built by photographers, for photographers.
It is perfectly positioned to utilise the light, and because of the low perspective, the backgrounds are incredible. When the elephants aren’t around, many species of mammals and birds use the waterhole so there is usually something exciting to photograph and practice on. An exciting recent addition is the state of the art overnight hide where photographers get to spend then night comfortably & safely while waiting for the nocturnal species to arrive for a drink at the waterhole.
Whether searching for wildlife in an open vehicle or waiting for action inside the hides, the wildlife experience in this ancient landscape will leave you astounded and inspired to return to Africa as soon as you can for some more amazing wildlife photography. 
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