I was born in a small seaside Italian town and migrated to Australia with my family in 1986. After a trivial yet cataclysmic ‘a-ha’ moment in 2004, I left behind all that was familiar, safe and warm and embarked on a 6 year stint as an overland tour guide. My travels...
Written on: June 01, 2013
I visited in October 2012
Botswana is, by far, my favourite country in Africa for wildlife viewing, and after having visited all the major parks we decided to drive up from Pretoria to the Mashatu Tented Camp quite spontaneously as we’d heard from passing travellers that there was a cheetah family out and about. First of all, I’d stress that we were there in October and, as the river beds were dry, did not end up seeing lions, hippos or crocs, which was more than fine for us (seen a hundred hippos...seen them all!). Do pick the time of year carefully if you do want to see a bit of everything.
Aaaanyway...the tented camp is just gorgeous, the guys who run the place friendly and accommodating and those delicious dinners by the fire just perfect. It rained a bit while we were there but it was actually a relief, because it meant we could stay out on the open-top game drives longer than normal. We DID spot the cheetah family which was just superb. Normally shy and hard to spot this bunch was so unperturbed by us and happy that we could just stand and admire them for a whole hour. Come to think of it, considering there was not much ‘smaller’ game for them to hunt, perhaps they were just hungry and lethargic!
All in all, a great corner of African wilderness and a brilliant camp to stay in but yeah, plan your time carefully and this could well be one of the best safari game parks during your visit.