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Mashatu Botswana Photo Tour

Mashatu – Hides & Predators Photo Safari II 2021

Mashatu – Hides & Predators Photo Safari II 2021

US$7,895 per individual


This tour’s cost is based on 3 participants in 3 single rooms, and should we receive an enquiry from a couple who wish to share (twin / double), then we will need to requote for them accordingly.

Please also note that costs for 2021 tours are subject to change (as not all our partner properties and local airlines have released their rates) – should we need to revise costs, we will endeavour to keep fees as close to original cost.

21 Jun 2021 – 26 Jun 2021

ORYX is proud to present a carefully crafted expedition to Botswana’s Mashatu Game Reserve with Photo Tour Leader and Mashatu expert Kirsten Frost.


This is a land where huge herds of Elephants roam free, where the roar of a Lion punctuates the night, and where ancient and mighty Baobab trees tower like swollen sentinels over the wild savanna. Your Mashatu experience is sure to be unique to anything you have previously experienced in Africa. Mashatu offers amazing hide photography with alluring waterholes attracting mighty beasts to quench their thirst, offering close-ups difficult to imagine, but a joy to photograph! Hides are sunken into the ground, allowing you to photograph from ground level. Your time in the hides is as much a sensory experience as it is a photographic one. No glass separating you from the wild allows you to see, smell, feel and hear the wonders of nature from a worms-eye perspective. Game drives offer superb predator photography (Lion, Leopard and Cheetah).


Mashatu provides access to varied habitats and diverse wildlife viewing opportunities within this biodiverse region and guarantees a superb photo safari experience!

Why this Photo Tour is for You

Hide Photography

Visit the renowned sunken ‘underground’ photographic hide to photograph wildlife from ground-level. To make the very best of this opportunity, we have secured 5 hide sessions during our stay.

Predators & Elephants

Mashatu is known for its remarkable opportunities to photograph lion, cheetah and leopard! Game drives will be dedicated to tracking these big cats. However, we will also appreciate and photograph other species (big and small) that call Mashatu their home, such as the resident elephants. We will photograph these magnificent giants during game drives and from the underground hide if we are indeed lucky enough to have them visit while we are there!

Night Sky

Spend time admiring Africa’s starry night sky while photographing the milky way.

Small Group Size

Limited to only 3 participants. You will have your own row in our private open safari vehicle. No single supplement charge for single travelers.

Photographic Tuition & Guiding

Photographic tuition by Botswana Wildlife Photographer of the Year and Mashatu specialist, Kirsten Frost. Having been based at Mashatu previously, Kirsten will take you to the best locations while assisting you with your photography. Kirsten teams up with the best local guide and tracker at Mashatu.

Kirsten Frost

Kirsten Frost

6 Days
3 Guests + 1 ORYX Leader
  • Destination
  • Departure
    Polokwane, Botswana
  • per individual
  • Photographic Highlights
    Elephant, Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Night Photography, Underground Photographic Hide

Day 1: Arrival in Polokwane and road transfer to Mashatu

Today you will fly from OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg to Polokwane Airport. After your arrival in Polokwane, we will road transfer to Pont Drift border post (+-2 hours). After a short stop at border control as we enter Botswana, we will hop onto our private open safari vehicle and make our way to our home for the next 5-nights: Mashatu Private Game Reserve. This is when your Botswana photo safari experience officially begins! *Please note that the tour cost excludes flights and we recommend budgeting approximately US$325 for your return flights JHB-Polokwane. We are happy to assist by booking this on your behalf on request.

Days 2 to 5: Mashatu Game Reserve

During the next few days and nights at Mashatu Game Reserve, your photographic guide will take you to ideal locations to capture Africa’s starry night sky, introduce you to the exciting concept of ‘camera-trap’ photography and share the very best scenic drives and hidden sundowner spots that the reserve has to offer! The Matebole Hide is sunken photographic hide placed at a waterhole in prime elephant habitat. Inside, you are seated so that your head is at ground level. Everything you see will be from the perspective of lying on your stomach looking upwards. A variety of wildlife come to the waterhole to quench their thirst, and here your photographic guide will teach you creative techniques to best capture the animals as they go about their business. This ideal combination of photographic hides, game drives and scenic exploration while learning new photographic techniques makes this expedition one that you will never forget.

Day 6: Road transfer to Polokwane and depart

This morning after an early breakfast, we will depart on our last morning game drive in Mashatu Game Reserve. Your game drive comes to an end when you embark on your road transfer back into South Africa via Pont Drift border post and to the town of Polokwane. This is sadly where your journey with us comes to an end.
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