Situated in the far east of Botswana, Mashatu Game Reserve is forms part of the Northern Tuli Game Reserve which shares unfenced boundaries with Zimbabwe and South Africa. Mashatu is known as the “land of giants” for its expansive vistas, towering Baobobs, and eponymous Mashatu trees. The many hillocks are the perfect perch to experience outstanding panoramic views as you explore over 29,000 hectares of this special cross boundary conservation area.

At the confluence of the Limpopo and Shashe Rivers, the varied landscapes - which range from savannah, to plains and sandstone outcroppings, to riverine forests and marshlands - draw a plethora of wildlife to this area. For serious horseback riders or campers, consider a multi-night horseback safari, crisscrossing thousands of hectares of this enchanting and wild terrain. The horses don’t alert the game to your presence, which makes it easier to spot lions, giraffes, antelopes and elands up close and personal, as well as the massive herds of elephants, of course. You may also come upon cheetahs, jackals, foxes and wildcats in this area that is chockfull of predators and prey. Not to mention the birdlife that serious birders will covet. Do note that rhinos and buffaloes do not call this area home. If rhinos and/or buffaloes are must-sees, then you might want to consider other parks.

However, it is not all about the wildlife, impressive as it may be. This region is of incredible archaeological and cultural/historical importance, from ancient stories and tribal gatherings, to more recent British colonial history/battles, to contemporary village life.

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