Designed and built by the same wildlife photographers who built the world famous underground photographic hide at Mashatu. The PhotoMashatu vehicle is a fully customized vehicle built exclusively for Mashatu Game Reserve.

In a first for photography in Southern Africa, PhotoMashatu has an exclusive concession to provide dedicated photographic hides within Mashatu Game Reserve. Guests can sit quietly and capture remarkable moments from unique perspectives.

Mashatu Game Reserve is situated at the confluence of the great Limpopo and Shashe Rivers in the remote eastern corner of Botswana. This area is known historically as the Tuli Enclave and it is here where the three countries; Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe meet.


PhotoMashatu has resident wildlife photographers based at Main camp to help guests with their photography when they are at camp. They can hire out the use of the photographer to join them on game drives as well as for the photographic hides. Read more about who they are and how they can enrich your experience at PhotoMashatu


Wildlife photographer of the year 2013, Grand Winner

Since first picking up a camera, Greg has photographed African elephants. ‘I’ve always wanted to capture their special energy and their state of consciousness,’ he says.

The shot was taken at the underground hide at Mashatu Game Rerserve in Botswana’s. Greg used a slow shutter speed to create the atmosphere and ‘to depict these gentle giants in an almost ghostly way.’ He used a tilted wide-angle lens to catch the size of any elephant entering the foreground, and a narrow aperture to create depth of field so that elephants in the background would also be in focus.

To emphasise their mystery, he attached a polarising filter and set his white balance to a cool temperature. The lucky final touch was the baby elephant, which raced by so close. The slow shutter speed conveyed the motion, and a burst of flash at the end of the exposure froze the fleeting detail.


Sally Hinton

My other favourite part of the workshop was watching the elephants from the hide - the babies were just so cute slipping and sliding in the mud around the waterhole and watching the interaction between the babies and the older elephants was very special!

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Reservations:      reservations@photomashatu.com


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