Within the Tuli Block, Mashatu Game Reserve, or the 'Land of Giants', is a private reserve spanning 72,000 acres of some of the most pristine wilderness and untouched bushveld (grasslands) in Southern Africa. Breathtaking views over stark veld dotted with huge mustard bushes and towering kopjes (small standalone hills) provides a real feeling of remoteness and the reserve has fast become one of our favourite Botswanan destinations.
As for wildlife, as the name 'Land of Giants' suggests, Mashatu offers elephant sightings beyond compare. It is not uncommon to see herds of 200 or more during the dry season, as the families congregate in dry riverbeds to dig huge holes and access the precious water found underground. Often you can find elephants striding across the top of sandstone ridges, creating the perfect landscape photograph in front of a setting Botswanan sun. Leopards, lions and cheetahs are all also frequently sighted in Mashatu and the reserve (and wider Tuli region) is also a great place to spot specialist wildlife like wild dogs, honey badgers, pangolins, Selous mongooses and African wildcats.
Beyond the tremendous game viewing opportunities, the Tuli Block's cultural and historical tapestry is also incredibly rich. Just across the river from the block are the UNESCO protected Mapungubwe ruins, once home to the largest kingdom in the sub-continent, and within the block itself the Leeu Kop burial site is steeped in tribal history. Most interesting of all is Rhodes Baobab, a lone baobab tree into which Cecil Rhodes carved his initials to symbolise the peaceful resolution of a dispute between Queen Victoria and the local bushmen over a railway line which was to be built through their land.