On the eastern tip of Botswana, bordering South Africa and Zimbabwe is Mashatu Game Reserve. Habitats include woodland, savanna, sacred sandstone outcrops and swampy marsh. Some 1000 Elephants call this area home. Mashatu provides some of the best leopard viewing in Africa. Lion, Cheetah and Hyena are also found on the reserve, with an array of other species including Eland, Wildebeest, Zebra, Impala and Bushbuck. Birders and bird photographers will also not be disappointed, with over 360 species recorded. The overall photographic hit rate is one of the highest we know of, with birdlife, predators and large mammals all combining to keep your cameras very busy.
There is a fantastic sunken photographic hide on the reserve, giving the wildlife the opportunity to seek you out. This hide has produced several award winning images. 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. Your guide, Janet, was based at Mashatu as the resident photoghrapher for 6 years and will share her intimate knowledge of this special place with you on safari