Location and map
The Mashatu Game Reserve is situated 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, it is here that Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe meet. Mashatu Game Reserve – the largest of the Rattray Reserves – is home to the largest elephant population on a private reserve.
This diverse wilderness of savannah, riverine forests, marshland, open plains and sandstone outcrops is a 6-hour drive from Johannesburg (toll fees are payable on the N1 to Polokwane, previously known as Pietersburg) through the Pont Drift Border Post. From Gaborone it is a 7-hour journey by road.
- The Border Post between South Africa and Botwana at Pont Drift opens at 08h00 and closes at 16h00. Please note that the Botswana Government strictly enforces the Pont Drift Border Post timings.
- Road transfers from Polokwane to Mashatu Game Reserve – 2 hours
- Road transfers from Johannesburg to Mashatu Game Reserve – 6 hours