Magical Mashatu and Mala Mala

Combine two fantastic safari experiences on this exciting 8 day itinerary staying at Botswana’s Mashatu, “Land of the Giants” and legendary Mala Mala in South Africa.

Combine two fantastic wildlife safari experiences on this exciting 8 day itinerary. First stop is Mashatu, “Land of Giants”, a vast private game reserve in Botswana that is home to elephant, lion, eland, ostrich and strange baobab trees. Mashatu has multiple hides that are perfect for wildlife photography. Then fly to the legendary Mala Mala Private Game Reserve in South Africa. Mala Mala is adjacent to the famous Kruger National Park, and renowned for its spectacular gameviewing.

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8 days/7 nights
Lodges
Departs Sun & Thu ex Johannesburg

Highlights:

  • Botswana’s vast Mashatu Game Reserve, a phenomenal gameviewing destination
  • Stay at the luxurious Mashatu Main Camp, which boasts a number of great photography hides
  • Visit South Africa’s Mala Mala Game Reserve, the largest privately owned wilderness adjoining Kruger NP
  • Enjoy accommodation at evocative Main Camp, where photography safaris were pioneered
  • Exceptional wildlife viewing and photographic opportunities

Magical Mashatu and Mala Mala

Itinerary

8 days/7 nights

Lodges

Days 1-4

Mashatu
Fly from Johannesburg to Mashatu Main Camp, consisting of 14 luxury, air-conditioned thatched suites, central dining room and large swimming pool. Guided activities include game drives by open 4WD, nature walks and horseback riding (additional cost).

Days 5-7

Mala Mala
Transfer to the airport for your charter flight to Mala Mala Main Camp in Mala Mala Private Game Reserve for 3 nights. This historic lodge has preserved the traditional safari style of a bygone era. Luxurious guest accommodation is provided in large thatched bungalows. Enjoy game drives and night drives in open 4WD vehicles.

Day 8

Tour ends
Morning transfer to Skukuza Airport for flight back to Johannesburg. Tour ends.

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South Africa Overview

Why travel to South Africa? 
Described as “a world in one country” South Africa is more than just a safari destination. The wildlife of Kruger and the many private reserves throughout the country are complemented by South Africa’s fascinating history and diverse cultures, the beautiful coastline and majestic landscapes of the Cape. 

 When is the best time to view animals in South Africa?
Gameviewing is best during the dry season (May-Oct); however the summer months are good for general touring and sightseeing. 

What is the culture of South Africa? 
There are many different cultures including Zulu, Swazi, Xhosa, Indian, Cape Malay and European. As a result, there are many unique culinary dishes as well as distinct music and dance. Elegant Cape Dutch architecture is also a highlight of South Africa’s cape. 

What is the climate in South Africa? 
The inland plateau has a temperate climate (17°-30°C), whilst the coast is subtropical and more humid (22°-30°C). The seasons are the same as Australia, however most of the rain falls in summer. Winters are dry and sunny, but nights can be very cold. The Western Cape is the exception, with a “Mediterranean” climate – cool, wet winters and warm dry summers (17°-24°C). 

What can I combine South Africa with?
South Africa is easily combined with neighbouring Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Mozambique, Zambia or the nearby tropical island of Mauritius. Johannesburg is a very popular gateway to most of southern and eastern Africa.  

How to get to South Africa?
Many major airlines including South African Airways, Qantas, Etihad, Emirates, Kenya Airways, Qatar, Singapore Airways and British Airways fly into Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport. There are also many regional and domestic carriers that service local cities such as Cape Town and the Kruger National Park area. 

US – South African Airways fly’s directly to east coast cities including New York and Washington. Delta Airlines is another option to consider flying directly to Johannesburg from Atlanta.  

UK / Europe – There are direct flights to OR Tambo International Airport with South African Airways from London-Heathrow, Frankfurt and Munich. Major European Airlines flying directly into Johannesburg include British Airways, Air France, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Lufthansa and Swiss International Airlines.  

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