Located in the Northern Tuli Game Reserve, Mashatu Game Reserve is a private reserve in the eastern extremity of Botswana where the great Limpopo and Shashe Rivers converge.
Mashatu Game Reserve comprises 72,000 acres of privately owned land. The landscape here is exceptionally diverse and includes wide open plains, grassland, riverine forests, rocky hills, marshland, and majestic sandstone ridges. Mashatu is the “Land of the Giants”, a name taken from the locally sacrosanct Mashatu or Nyala berry tree and the giants that roam the area. These enormous, dark green trees are found along the rivers in the reserve and offer refuge, shade, and food to many animals. Mashatu is one of the largest privately own reserves in southern Africa. The iconic and unusual ancient baobab trees also grow here.
Because of the exceptional diversity of environments within the reserve, Mashatu has an ecological biodiversity rare in other game reserves. For one, it contains a sanctuary to the largest herds of elephant on privately owned land on the continent. Moreover, the world’s tallest mammal, the giraffe; the world’s largest antelope, the eland; the world’s largest bird, the ostrich; and the world’s heaviest flying bird, the kori bustard are all found here.