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2020 – Mashatu, Land of the Giants Photography Holiday

September 8, 2020 - September 13, 2020

A pair of elephants photographed as the sun sets - photographed at the locations usxed for the NaturesLens Mashatu, Land of the Giants Photography Holiday
  • Mashatu,

    Land of the Giants

    Join Pui Hang & David in Mashatu Game Reserve on this 5 night photography trip to Botswana.

    Capture images of the amazing wildlife of the Mashatu game reserve, including the African elephant, the lion, giraffe, the eland, ostrich & the kori bustard in Botswana

    8th - 13th September 2020

    £4999 per participant

    £1200 deposit required to secure a place

    Group size: 6 - 10 participants - places available..

    Bookings close: June 8, 2020

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    Mashatu, Land of the Giants - £4999 per participant

    8th - 13th September 2020
    £4999 per participant
    places available.
    £4999 per participant - places available.
  • Mashatu is situated in the Tuli block area at the confines of the Shashe & Limpopo Rivers. Mashatu Game Reserve is an unheralded gem in a 35,000-hectare wilderness. Being an open, semi-arid area, game viewing is relatively unrestricted by shrub & trees. & what game viewing it is! Exceptional sightings of leopard, lion & cheetah herald the large cats.
    Mashatu, “Land of Giants” takes its name from the locally-sacrosanct Mashatu tree & the giants that roam the terrain. As one of the largest private game reserve in southern Africa, Mashatu is, at 25,000 hectares, a fitting setting for the world’s largest mammal – the majestic elephant – with the largest herds on privately owned land on earth. Mashatu also provides sanctuary to the world’s tallest mammal – the giraffe; the world’s largest antelope – the eland; the world’s largest bird – the ostrich; & of course, the world’s heaviest flying bird – the kori bustard. Add the lion – the king of the beasts & the iconic baobab tree, & you have Africa’s Big Seven.
    Join NaturesLens to capture images of the amazing wildlife of the Mashutu reserve, including the African elephant, the lion, giraffe, the eland, ostrich & the kori bustard, in Botswana, during the Mashatu, Land of the Giants photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 5 night/6 day duration on a Full Board, Shared basis & costs £4999 per participant.
    This trip combines traditional game drives with hide sessions in the underground Matebole Hide & the Valley Hide.  The Matebole hide has been sunk into the ground, at a waterhole, in prime elephant habitat. The view from this hide is as though you are lying on your stomach looking upwards. Its location is situated along the main daily elephant migratory routes, making them frequent visitors to the hide. The valley hide is set in a far more arid environment, enclosed by ridges on either side. The valley system channels the elephants to walk right past the hide as they head to their feeding areas. As water is scarce in this region, the Valley hide is an almost essential drinking stop for elephants and other wildlife.
    We will have access to 2 private vehicles at camp. One being the Mashatu private sole use vehicle & the other being the photomashatu vehicle which has been specially adapted for photographers. Designed specifically with photography in mind, it is equipped with sliding gimbal heads for comfortable, quick & well-supported photography in a 270-degree radius for each photographer & bean bag arches. Cushioned, dust & waterproof bag storage compartments allow for fast access to your lenses & other photographic equipment.
    This extraordinary place possesses an ecological diversity uncommon in other reserves. Complementing three members of the Big Five – leopard, lion & elephant, are some of the more surprising species, including the aardwolf, bat-eared fox, African wild cat, honey badger & black-backed jackal.
    Recently introduced to Mashatu – as part of the Northern Tuli Game Reserve – is the endangered wild dog.

    Single Occupancy Rooms

    There are a limited number of single occupancy rooms available for this photography holiday – the cost is £6499 per person – please mention when booking if you would like non-shared facilities.

    Mashatu is also an ornithological paradise & plays host to more than 350 bird species, including the enchanting lilac-breasted roller, whose plumage features no fewer than seven different shades of blue. With a landscape broken by deep-lying riverbeds cutting through its rocky surface, Mashatu offers landscapes & scenery that tells of a time gone past & where giants used to roam.
    Join NaturesLens on a 5 night/6 day photography experience without equal, based in the Mashatu Game reserve, in a lodge which features fantastic accommodation, this photography holiday includes 5 days packed with photographic opportunities in the Mashatu Game Reserve, Botswana.
    A lion drinks from one of the water holes - photographed at the locations used for the NaturesLens Mashatu, Land of the Giants Photography Holiday
    The wildlife, paired with dramatic African landscapes ensures that there is no other setting & subject pairing for photography quite like this. Throughout the trip you will have abundant opportunities to capture in the environment & frame-filling images of african elephant, african wildcat, baboon, black-backed jackal, cheetah, duiker, eland, giraffe, impala, kudu, leopard, lion, mongoose, ostrich, spotted hyena, the kori bustard, vervet monkey plus more.
    Pui Hang, co-founders of NaturesLens, will ensure that you are in an optimum position from which to capture both frame filling & wider images, highlighting the behaviour of the various species that you will encounter within the outstanding landscape which surrounds them.
    This is a photography holiday designed & led by photographers for photographers to ensure that every element of the experience enables you to achieve photographs that you will be proud to add to your portfolio; photography assistance & guidance is provided by Pui Hang on an as-needed basis.
    Spaces are limited, so be sure to book early to avoid disappointment!
    Photographable Species: african elephant, african wildcat, baboon, black-backed jackal, cheetah, duiker, eland, giraffe, impala, kudu, leopard, lion, mongoose, ostrich, spotted hyena, the kori bustard, vervet monkey

    Mashatu, Land of the Giants Photography Holiday Itinerary

    day 1 - tuesday - 8th september, 2020

    arrive at o.r. tambo international airport, south africa & transfer to the point drift border post by road. a mashatu representative will meet the group at the border post & transfer us to mashatu lodge for our 5-night stay. afternoon game drive

    day 2 - wednesday - 9th september, 2020

    morning game drive or hide session. afternoon game drive or hide session.

    day 3 - thursday - 10th september, 2020

    morning game drive or hide session. afternoon game drive or hide session.

    day 4 - friday - 11th september, 2020

    morning game drive or hide session. afternoon game drive or hide session.

    day 7 - saturday - 12th september, 2020

    morning game drive or hide session. afternoon game drive or hide session.

    day 8 - sunday - 13th september, 2020

    road transfer to the border post for your road transfer back to o.r. tambo international airport.

    One of the leopards stalks within the reserve – photographed at the locations used for the NaturesLens Mashatu, Land of the Giants Photography Holiday
  • 25%

    Discount from Lenses For Hire on any lenses, or other camera equipment, that you require FOR this wildlife photography holiday.

    NaturesLens have partnered with Lenses For Hire to give you an exclusive discount on any lenses hired for any NaturesLens Wildlife Photography Holiday or Workshop.

    • Accommodation on a shared basis
    • Airport Transfers
    • All hide sessions & appropriate permits
    • All in-trip transportation
    • All photography sessions & appropriate permits
    • Food on a full board basis
    • Guidance & advice from our Photography Holiday Guides
    • Transportation between photographic locations
    • Shoreline Feeds with the Dalmatian Pelicans
    • All Drinks
    • Any activities not listed on the itinerary
    • Flights
    • Meals not listed on the itinerary
    • Personal expenses of any type
    • Required Insurances
    • Sundries
    • Tips & Gratuities
    • Transportation to start location
    • Visas

    What our clients say

    • Jayne - Bandhavgarh - 2017

      Superb trips as a result of thorough planning. NaturesLens go the extra mile to ensure great photographic opportunities for all their clients.

    Make a Booking Enquiry
    To make a booking enquiry, please complete the form below & we will get back to you as soon as possible.
    You are making an enquiry for the Mashatu, Land of the Giants photography holiday, which is scheduled for the dates of 8th - 13th September 2020 & costs £4999 per participant

    , this photography holiday requires a deposit of, £1200 to secure a place.
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    How to Book
    Before booking, it is important that you read the relevant photography holiday event page & our Booking Terms & Conditions. If you have any doubts regarding your suitability for this photography holiday, please contact us.
    To book, simply click the relevant link from the event page on our website. You will then be sent a booking form & a copy of our terms & conditions. In order to secure your place on the selected photography holiday, simply complete the booking form with details of all persons travelling & holiday indemnity, in relevant cases, & return to us (either by email or by post) with confirmation that the deposit has been paid. Payments should be made via bank transfer.
    A deposit of 20% is required at the time of booking unless you are booking less than 90 days before departure. In this case, full payment of the photography holiday price is required.
    Recommended Equipment

    Recommended Camera Equipment

    For this photography holiday, we would recommend that you bring along a wide angle lens such as the 16-35mm or 17-40mm, a 300mm & 500mm lens. An intermediate telephoto lens such as the 70-200mm or 100-400mm would also be very useful, especially while you are out on safari. It is essential that you pack a wide angle lens if you want to do photography in the overnight hides.

    If you own a lens with an aperture of f/2.8 within the recommended focal length, bring it! These will allow you to focus on your subject faster & will also be useful in low light conditions.

    There are tripods with gimbal heads provided in the hides but you should pack your own tripod for the astro photography session.

    Recommended Clothing

    For this photography holiday, we recommend that you pack thin neutral coloured t-shirts & blouses teamed with neutral coloured long trousers for the game drives & dark coloured long sleeved t-shirts & blouses for when you are in the hides. You should also bring a hat, preferably a safari style hat with a broad rim all around the edge, to protect your head & scalp from getting burnt whilst you are out on safari. The early mornings & late afternoons can be cool so be sure to bring a warm fleece with you.

    For the overnight hide, you will also need to pack black silk gloves & a black hat or scarf to cover your head if you do not have dark hair. This is to prevent reflections in the glass while you are photographing from this hide.

    Sandals or easy shoes are great for the lodge but you will need sensible shoes for when you are out & about.

    Don't forget to pack your sunglasses, plenty of sunscreen & insect repellent!

    Additional Notes
    NaturesLens photography holidays do not include flights unless it is explicitly stated on the event page. When it is time to book your flights, we will send you the details in plenty of time to allow for bookings at the best available price.
    The photography holiday itinerary is subject to change & is to be considered provisional.
    NaturesLens photography holidays require a minimum number of participants in order to be viable. If this minimum number is not met, the photography holiday may not go ahead. This photography holiday has a minimum participant level of 6 plus NaturesLens guide(s).
    In the event that the minimum number for a photography holiday to go ahead is not reached, NaturesLens reserves the right to cancel any given photography holiday. In that event 100% of monies received will be returned. However, NaturesLens is not responsible for expenses incurred by its customers.
    Not all mentioned wildlife can be observed & photographed at all times of the year, thus some activities may be considered seasonal & not available.
    Please note the cuisine on many of the NaturesLens photography holidays is authentic & typical of the region in which you are travelling. International or western cuisine is often NOT available. If you have any concerns over the food arrangements or have any special dietary requirements, please contact us prior to making a booking.
    All personal luggage are the responsibility of the owner & we request that photography holiday participants limit their luggage to the equivalent of one suitcase, one flight bag, one camera bag & tripod. We do not wish to appear dictatorial in this matter & the request is made to ensure space & comfort for everyone in our vehicles.
    NaturesLens & its agents act only as agents for the passenger in all matters relating to travel arrangements, & as such, do not assume responsibility for injury, accident, damage, loss, delay or irregularity which may occur via defect of transportation or any other cause.
    NaturesLens reserves the right to substitute hotels, & other previously outlined arrangements as necessary, to either improve or equal the travel experience.
    NaturesLens reserves the right to pass on to photography holiday particpants any additional & unplanned expenditure incurred during a photography holiday, via events beyond the control of NaturesLens. NaturesLens reserves the right to accept or decline any person as a member of any photography holiday.
    Payment of deposit by photography holiday participants or their representative constitutes their acceptance of all conditions contained herein.
    All bookings are made subject to our terms & conditions.
    Travel Insurance Requirements

    Mashatu, Land of the Giants Photography Holiday Summary

    The Mashatu, Land of the Giants photography holiday is a photography holiday of 5 night/6 day duration, that costs £4999 per participant

    & takes place in Mashatu in Botswana, between the dates of 8th - 13th September 2020. It is ideal for photographing african elephant, african wildcat, baboon, black-backed jackal, cheetah, duiker, eland, giraffe, impala, kudu, leopard, lion, mongoose, ostrich, spotted hyena, the kori bustard, vervet monkey & more. This photography holiday is led by Pui Hang Miles for NaturesLens. The photography holiday is offered on a Full Board, Shared basis. Group size for this photography holiday is a minimum of 6 participants & a maximum of 10, plus Pui Hang. We consider this to be an event of Easy level of exertion, if you have any questions about your suitability for this event, please contact us prior to making a booking enquiry. The photography holiday starts & ends at O.R. Tambo International Airport. Transfers between O.R. Tambo International Airport & Mashatu are included in the cost of this photography holiday, this photography holiday requires a deposit of £1200 to secure a place.

    Mashatu, Land of the Giants Photography Holiday Payment Details

    • Deposit required to secure a place: £1200 payable upon making a booking.
    • Final balance payment due: June 8th, 2020*. Bookings made after this date will require the full payment to secure a place.
    • Bookings close: June 8th, 2020.
    • No-interest payment plan: we offer a no-interest payment plan for our photography holidays. Please enquire for details.
    • * Unless stated otherwise on our event booking form.

    Financial Protection

    Financial Protection provided by the Travel Vault
    NaturesLens Limited is a company committed to customer satisfaction & consumer financial protection. We are therefore pleased to announce that, at no extra cost to you, & in accordance with ''The Package Travel, Package Tours Regulations 1992'' all passengers booking with NaturesLens Limited are fully insured for the initial deposit, & subsequently the balance of monies paid as detailed in your booking confirmation form.
    The policy will also include repatriation if required, arising from the cancellation or curtailment of your travel arrangements due to the insolvency of NaturesLens Limited.
    This insurance has been arranged by The Travel Vault in conjunction with Towergate Travel through Zurich Insurance PLC.

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