If you choose Botswana as the venue for your course, you will be staying at the Mashatu Game Reserve. It is located inside the Northern Tuli Game Reserve and is deemed to be among the most beautiful spots in the eastern part of the country. This is where you will undergo an extensive and highly informative nature training course, familiarising you step by step with the unique local flora and fauna. The Limpopo in particular – one of the largest rivers in Botswana and close to the Mashatu Game Reserve – has an enormous impact on the vegetation and the spread of native animals.
These wonderful surroundings right on the border of South Africa are the setting for your camp, where you will spend your nights and free time for the duration of your training in eastern Botswana.
The Camp Mashatu is located in the Land of Giants in Botswana’s Tuli Game Reserve, close to the South African border. The Tuli Reserve is part of Greater Mapungubwe Transfrontier Conservation Area, which is famous for its biodiversity. During jeep excursions or on foot you will encounter lions, elephants, cheetahs, leopards and giraffes. You are also very likely to see some animals which you are less familiar with, such as bat-eared foxes, South African spring hares and mongooses. Occasionally, some of them venture into the camp. Keep your ears pricked for any telling noises, especially during the quieter hours of the night. You may find prints the following morning which you can analyse and thus improve your track reading skills. Before long, you will be captivated by the scenery: the spectacular rock formations in this area are particularly striking.
Due to the fact that Africa is located in the southern hemisphere, the seasons are reversed compared with the northern hemisphere. For example, in Africa it is winter in the months of July and August. Summer: warm to hot, with temperatures ranging from mid 20°C on the coolers cloud-covered rainy days, to the high 30°C on average days. Occasional hot day´s temperatures exceed 40°C. Winters are usually dry, with the average morning temperature of 6°C, with occasional cooler morning temperatures, and warmer mornings when there is cloud cover. Afternoon temperatures average in the mid 20s °C, with ranges of 18°C to 32°C expected. Occasional winter showers prevail, but are unusual. Rain in the summer takes the form of heavy thunder-showers, or frontal rainfall over a longer period of time.
By road: 6 hours drive from Johannesburg
Meeting Point: The instructor will meet all students at border post (Pont Drift, Botswana side) at 14h00
The camp sleeps a total of 20 students, Professional Field Guide trainees or simply keen nature lovers. Each of the 10 tents will accommodate two participants. There will be shared bathrooms, common areas for spare time activities and meals as well as a camp fire place. Spend unparalleled weeks at Mashatu Game Reserve and make the most of the unique combination of personal education and active nature conservation.
Blankets and duvet covers will be provided, but we recommend bringing your own sleeping bag.
In the camp there will be a common area and a fire place. The camp is not fenced, so that wild animals could pass by from time to time. In Camp Victoria Falls no mosquito nets are available.
Electricity: electricity is provided by generators in the camp. Participants can charge their batteries for cameras and mobile phones. We recommend bringing head lamps. To enable the use of electrical appliances you should bring an adaptor with you.
Drinking water: fresh drinking water comes from the tap. Bottled water is also available for purchase.
Laundry: a laundry service is available in the camp for a small charge.
There is no cell phone reception at the camp. A weekly trip will be made to allow learners to phone.
The currency is Pula. There is no ATM in the camp, you should bring enough cash for the duration of your stay.
Non-alcoholic drinks are on sale in the camp and can only be purchased in cash. Fruit juice is served with the meals and tea and coffee are available all day.
Normally there will be a training instructor, an assistant instructor, a camp coordinator, a camp cook and a cleaner on the site for the duration of your stay.