Linking MalaMala and Mashatu with Malatu
Road Travel is delighted to announce a new direct charter flight between Mala Mala and Mashatu Game Reserves. This new service is called Malatu Express and will commence in February 2012. This new route will enable the easy connection between the two Rattray Reserves. The Malatu Express will be conducted in a Cessna Grand Caravan, a single engine, unpressurized turboprop aircraft.
Mala Mala Game Reserve, the first private photographic safari destination in South Africa, offers an authentic African experience. Strategically sandwiched between the Sabi Sand Wildtuin and the world famous Kruger National Park, this exclusive reserve offers incredible sightings of Africa’s wildlife – including the Big 5 (Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Rhino and Buffalo), as well as a multitude of smaller creatures, in an environment that remains reflective of a time when man had yet to arrive.
How better to experience this wildlife wonderland than through the Mala Mala rangers who are employed for their knowledge of the African bush and their ability to communicate with people. They are highly qualified, formally trained men who are thoroughly conversant with all aspects of ecology. Apart from conducting informative game drives, the rangers is the guests’ host for the duration of their stay and can impart knowledge of Africa that enlightens and entertains.
The Mala Mala 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 eighteen rooms at Mala Mala Main Camp. 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.
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.
This are 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 insect proof luxury suites, each with a large comfortable en-suite bathroom. French doors open onto the African bush where guests can relax and savour 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.
Combining the diversity of the Big Five South African luxury safari, and the vast open adventurous plains of Botswana, visitors will enjoy extraordinary game viewing, professional guiding, service excellence and some of the most breathtaking scenery this side of the equator. Road Travel is also excited to offer The Definitive African Experience. Combine Mala Mala and Mashatu Game Reserves in an exciting 6 Night Package. This package combines very easily with connecting flights to and from Cape Town, Livingstone and Johannesburg. Contact us to find out more.