Mashatu Tented Camp has eight tents with private balconies and views of the thick brush. The en suite bathrooms are reached through a private enclosure to the separate toilet and open-air shower. A swimming pool is surrounded by lush vegetation and there is a hide that overlooks a waterhole. Brunch and tea is served in the lounge area and dinner is served under the stars in the traditional boma.
Kyle, we loved each and every one of the camps you arranged for us. They were beyond our expectations in so many ways. We chuckled on many occasions that they are called '˜tent camps' only because as a someone who has done much mountaineering, they were like no other tent I've experienced. We were completely spoiled and I told Scott numerous times that I could easily adapt to this kind of camping if only we could afford to do so. Unfortunately, I think we'll be stuck with the way I've known far more often than not, ha! Anyway, I thought I'd highlight what we loved about each one and give some feedback.
Mashatu Tented Camp was our favorite overall and in a general sense. This is perhaps due to the fact that is was our very first camp on our very first safari experience, but it blew the others away in wildlife experience over the course of the 4 days we were there. Within our first 2 hours of the very first drive we saw a cheetah, elephants, impala, kudu and eland. We loved the rocky outcrops and the landscapes. In those 4 days we sighted amazing birdlife, leopards on 3 different occasions (a few hours with Andrei the cat specialist which was well worth it even though our guide Richard had already found both lions and leopards before our time with Andrei), lions, zebras, giraffes, mongoose, hyena and pups, warthogs, jackals, etc etc. Honestly, Mashatu offered us so much wildlife that if I had to pick only one camp I could go to Mashatu would be it. This is from a wildlife perspective. It does help that because it was a private game reserve we could drive off road to get close to the wildlife. I understand why many places this cannot be done but from a visitor's
standpoint, I am glad we could do so in several of the camps.
Ok, Little Makalolo Tented Camp. Loved it's small, quiet, and simpler feel although the tents were quite luxurious. Perfect for us. We loved that we chose Dec. to travel because at every camp we had at least one night where we were the only guests and on other nights, there were so few people. Because Little Mak is small, I wouldn't mind visiting at other times of year as well. Couldn't say the same for Kwetsani or Kalahari Plains if they were full. It would have been a bit busy for us. We loved the feel of being remote and having the area to ourselves for the most part. This came as quite a pleasant surprise for us. We wouldn't want to stay at any larger sized of camps or more luxurious. Kyle, you did a perfect job in setting us up with accommodation that was so nice and fit within our budget and our wants. I honestly would not have wanted anything higher end. If we do get to return, we'd want the same or to be able to do a mobile tented safari but know the tradeoff is coming at a busier time of year.Read More