South African Airlink scheduled flight Johannesburg – Polokwane (cost not included in tour price)
Scheduled charter flight Polokwane – Mashatu
In the remote eastern corner of Botswana, at the confluence of the Limpopo and Shashe rivers, lies an area known historically as the Tuli enclave - a diverse wilderness of savannah, riverine forests, marshland, open plains and sandstone outcrops. It is here that the largest of the Rattray Reserves is situated - Mashatu Game Reserve. Known as the Land of the Giants Mashatu is the home of no less than seven of Africa's giants: the African elephant, the lion, giraffe, the baobab tree, the eland, the ostrich, and the kori bustard. Mashatu Tented Camp is nestled in the remote northern area of the reserve. With never more than sixteen guests, this idyllic getaway provides accommodation in the form of eight twin tents. Although rustic in character every facility is provided. The tents are insect-proofed, have comfortable beds and each has an en-suite shower and W.C. facility. There is an open sided thatch deck where meals are served and a traditional boma for intimate camp¬fire dinners. This camp also contains a very welcome plunge pool. Your total comfort is the priority of your hosts. While on game drives, you will be taken care of by your ranger and on your return, the camp staff will gladly attend to your every need. Mashatu Game Reserve offers some of the most exciting game viewing in Africa. It is a place of exceptional beauty where one can explore the rugged, unspoilt African landscapes either in the comfort of open 4-wheel drive vehicles, on a walking safari, on mountain bicycles, or horse back, guided by expert rangers and experienced trackers.
Road transfer from Mashatu to Pafuri (approximately 4 hours)
Situated between the Limpopo and the Luvuvhu Rivers in the northern sector of Kruger National Park is an area of 24,000 hectares called the Pafuri or the Makuleke. This area is the ancestral home of the Makuleke people and is the most diverse and scenically attractive area in all of Kruger National Park. This area is certainly the wildest and most remote part of the Park and offers wonderful and varied vegetation, great wildlife viewing, the best birding in all of the Kruger Park and the romance and folklore of early explorers and ancient civilizations. Just about every stage of humankind from 1.5 million years ago till today can be seen on the ground making this one of the longest inhabited places on earth. The area is covered in stone-age tools, rock engravings and rock paintings. There are even unexcavated dinosaur fossils. Pafuri Camp is situated on the northern bank of the Luvuvhu River within lush riverine forest. The camp consists of twenty luxurious thatched tents that are raised off the ground on wooden walkways. The camp has two plunge pools, a dining room and lounge. There are six family tents, which are able to sleep families of up to four under one roof. The interiors are stylish, with a Makuleke influence. Each tented room has wonderful views onto the Luvuvhu River. The rooms are comfortably furnished and have 220v lighting and an en-suite bathroom with hot and cold running water and an additional “outside” shower for those who want to enjoy being closer to nature. The area is home to all the Kruger animal species, including lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo and leopard – although the Pafuri is most famous for its big herds of elephants and for special, rare birds like the Pel’s fishing owl. Animals such as nyala, eland and Sharpe’s grysbok are not commonly seen in the Kruger further south from Pafuri. On morning and afternoon activities, guests may choose from a range of options, including game and nature drives in open 4x4 vehicles; night drives throughout the concession (north of the Luvuvhu), birding walks and foot safaris all accompanied by an armed guide. Alternatively some guests will enjoy just sitting on one’s verandah watching the wildlife and birdlife wandering through the camp. The Makuleke people who live on Kruger’s western boundary are the landlord for this camp and for the area. They earn direct financial benefits from every guest’s stay at Pafuri. Access is by vehicle or by air.
Mala Mala Game Reserve, the first private photographic safari destination in South Africa, offers an authentic African experience. Situated on the largest tract of land within the Sabi Sand Reserve and sharing a common boundary with the world famous Kruger National Park, MalaMala offers incredible sightings of Africa's wildlife - including the Big 5 (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo), as well as a multitude of smaller creatures, in an environment that remains reflective of a time when man had yet to arrive. How better to experience this wildlife wonderland than through the MalaMala rangers who are employed for their knowledge of the African bush and their ability to communicate with people. They are highly qualified, formally trained men who are thoroughly conversant with all aspects of ecology. Apart from conducting informative game drives, the ranger is the guests' host for the duration of their stay and can impart knowledge of Africa that enthralls, enlightens and entertains. But the Mala Mala magic is not only about the bush experience. Superb service remains the focus of all staff. Understated luxury and tranquility are synonymous with each of the 18 rooms (including a disabled unit and family rooms). Each room is furnished with every amenity, including "his" and "hers" bathrooms, 24 hour temperature control, mini bar, room safe and a private deck with magnificent panoramic views of the surrounding bush. Guests can relax in the Buffalo lounge which leads onto a large wooden deck that provides elevated views of animals watering in the Sand River. There is a swimming pool, room service, a complimentary laundry service, wine cellar, bush gym, bar, library and safari boutique.