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8 day Safari at MalaMala & Mashatu Game Reserve Combination - Definitive African Experience combines 2 of the best photographic destinations in Southern Africa (MalaMala and Mashatu Game Reserve).

MalaMala leopard - incredible safaris
 
This unique package is also known as The African Definitive Safari and offers the following:
Two different countries, Botswana and South Africa
Two diverse habitats, ecosystems and terrain
Wildlife viewing very different
A totally different safari.
A 7 night safari
Seamless between the two destinations
Photographic opportunities ABOUND!

Combine MalaMala and Mashatu Game Reserves in an exciting 7 night package including all flights from Johannesburg (flights from Johannesburg can be removed if necessary and we will adjust the price accordingly should you be coming from Cape Town for example etc). Choose either 4 nights at MalaMala with 3 nights at Mashatu (Option 1 package) or 3 nights at MalaMala and 4 nights at Mashatu (option 2 package). 
 
Rates in US$ for the 8 day package:
01 April – 30 November 2019
Option 1 Package: MalaMala 4 nights, Mashatu 3 nights
Per person sharing: $ 7230
Single: $ 9895
Child under 12: $ 5112
 
Option 2 Package: Mashatu 4 nights, MalaMala 3 nights
Per person: $ 6965
Single: $ 9490
Child under 12: $ 4966
 
The above rates are based on using Main Camp at both MalaMala and Mashatu - please inquire should you wish to use Rattrays on MalaMala, Sable Camp or Mashatu Tented Camp.
 
This package combines easily with Cape Town, Livingstone and Johannesburg using connecting flights on Airlink from Skukuza Airport or Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport.
 
Scheduled flights operate on Sundays & Thursdays in both directions so if you would like alternative days, let us know and we can arrange other flights for you.

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Explore and have fun in the most unbelievably pristine game viewing areas in Southern Africa

MalaMala Game Reserve
MalaMala Game Reserve is the oldest and largest (13 300 ha/33 000 acres) private Big Five game reserve in South Africa, in existence since 1927. MalaMala shares a 19km (12 mile) un-fenced eastern boundary with the Kruger National Park, and lies strategically sandwiched between the National Park and the Sabi Sand Reserve. This allows wildlife to move freely onto MalaMala and many of the territorial animals such as leopard, lion and rhino will have a territory overlapping a portion of both reserves. There is no time limit on sightings which is an ideal scenario for photographers – no ‘queue to view’ as this enormous tract of land has a low density of vehicles traversing the area.
 
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 and formally trained people 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.
 
MalaMala was the first to make the transition from hunting to photographic safari’s creating the blueprint on which the South African safari industry was built. Photographic safaris are phenomenal here and you are almost guaranteed satisfaction with your shots. Rangers are very accustomed to photographers so are good at positioning vehicles so you can take your photos.

MalaMala Main Camp accommodation
 
The MalaMala magic is not only the bush experience: Superb service remains the focus of all staff. Understated luxury and tranquility are synonymous with each of the 19 rooms at MalaMala Main Camp (10 luxury suites, 8 luxury rooms and 1 single room). Family rooms able to accommodate a third adult or two children, are available on request. MalaMala prides itself on being one of the few safari destinations which is able to offer a fully equipped disabled suite featuring:
Master bedroom with two en-suite bathrooms and an additional disabled bathroom which is able to comfortably accommodate a guest who is wheelchair bound. This includes a wheel-in shower with all the necessary fittings.

Desk/table surfaces specifically adjusted to the correct level at which a wheelchair is positioned.
A separate lounge area which may be converted to a bedroom should a disabled guest require assistance from an accompanying aid.
Game drives are conducted safely in a suitably equipped landrover with a wheelchair ramp.
 
Children of all ages accepted. Children of 4 years and younger are not permitted in the boma for dinner or on game drives (unless the party have reserved a private vehicle). A babysitting facility is available at a nominal fee.
 
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, a complimentary laundry service, wine cellar, bush gym, bar, library and safari boutique. Mobile Phone coverage and Wireless internet connectivity are available at all the MalaMala Game Reserve camps.


Mashatu Game Reserve
Mashatu Main Camp is located in the remote eastern corner of Botswana, at the confluence of the Limpopo and Shashe rivers, in an area known historically as the Tuli enclave – a diverse wilderness of savannah, riverine forests, marshland, open plains and sandstone outcrops. The name is derived from the magnificent Mashatu trees, which occur throughout this immense tract of privately owned land.
 
Mashatu Main Camp interior
This area is home to no less than seven of Africa’s giants: the African elephant, the lion, the giraffe, the baobab tree, the eland, the ostrich and the kori bustard. Mashatu Game Reserve, an area of history and legend, offers some of the most exciting game viewing in Africa in open 4-wheel drive safari vehicles, guided by expert rangers and experienced trackers. It is home to large herds of elephant, prides of lions and cheetah. Up to 350 species of birds can be seen here. Along the river courses, huge Mashatu trees provide shade for eland, impala, wildebeest, giraffe and zebra, whilst at night the bat-eared fox, African wildcat and the magnificent leopard search for prey.

Mashatu Main Camp accommodates 28 guests in 14 insect proof luxury suites, each with a large comfortable en-suite bathroom (1½ bathrooms per suite). French doors open onto the African bush where guests can relax and savor the sights and smells of the bush. There is a magnificent viewing deck directly off the bar or “gin trap” together with an elevated lounge overlooking the waterhole.
 
Mashatu Lodge (Main Camp): Children of all ages are welcome but those under five years of age are not permitted to dine in the boma or to be taken on game drives, unless their parents have reserved sole-use of their vehicle.

There is Wi-Fi in restricted areas demarcated for Wi-Fi.
 
 
This African Definitive Package includes:
Scheduled charter flight from Johannesburg to Mashatu and Mashatu to MalaMala,
7 nights air-conditioned, en-suite accommodation on a full board basis (All meals and snacks) at Mashatu and on a fully inclusive basis (excluding premium brands) at MalaMala,
Game drives in open 4-wheel drive safari vehicles conducted by an experienced ranger,
Nature walks at MalaMala,
All transfers required for this package,
Laundry – maximum 10 items per room per day (minimum 2 nights) at MalaMala.
 
This African Definitive Package excludes:
Flight from MalaMala to Johannesburg (or if you chose to travel onto another destination).
Any bar purchases at Mashatu / premium brands at MalaMala,
Community levies
Telecommunication costs,
Laundry at Mashatu.

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